5 Best Anime Movies like Porco Rosso

5 Most Recommended Anime Movies Similar to Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

Who likes Porco Rosso the most in Studio Ghibli movies? The classic fantasy anime may not be the most famous and popular among a wide range of anime fans all over the world. However, it has been highly rated by many fans of Hayao Miyazaki or looked on as the greatest Studio Ghibli film especially by male fans.

If you like Porco Rosso, you should check other anime with the theme of airplanes and wars and moving dramas. Here are 5 best anime movies like Porco Rosso including the modern Studio Ghibli movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki and some masterpieces of other renowned anime directors.

About Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso (紅の豚) is a Studio Ghibli anime movie, categorized as fantasy and adventure. It was released in 1992, created by the leading anime director Hayao Miyazaki following his previous film Kiki’s Delivery Service in 1989.

Porco Rosso is set in the beautifully blue Adriatic Sea in the time of the Great Depression after the First World War. It centers on a pig-looking character named Porco Rosso (which means “Red Pig” in Italian), who was originally a human being. He flies on his beloved deep red seaplane as a bounty hunter and fights with air pirates and an American ace named Donald Curtis.

5 Most Recommended Anime Movies like Porco Rosso

1. The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ) is a drama Studio Ghibli movie released in 2013, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was inspired by the biography of the Japanese aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi who existed until 1982 and a novel The Wind Has Risen written by Tatsuo Hori in 1936-1938.

The Wind Rises is set in Tokyo around 1923, when the Great Kanto earthquake that happened. It follows a main character named Jiro who works as a fighter aircraft designer and a heroine named Naoko. An aircraft is one of the themes that Hayao Miyazaki is the most interested in, and the flying scenes are beautifully depicted in the anime movie as you can see them in Porco Rosso.

2. Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ), one of the most popular Studio Ghibli anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is highly recommended for fans of Porco Rosso to watch now. The fantasy adventure was released in 1986 as the first anime film produced by Studio Ghibli.

Set in a world inspired by the United Kingdom, Castle in the Sky centers on two main characters: a young boy named Pazu and a young girl named Sheeta. He finds out she is pursued by the air pirates and government agency, whose target is her crystal pendant, after saving her fall from the sky. They set out for an adventure to run away from them.

3. The Sky Crawlers

The Sky Crawlers (スカイ・クロラ The Sky Crawlers) is one of the most recommended anime movies similar to Porco Rosso. The drama anime is directed by the worldly famous director Mamoru Oshii, who is also fmaous for the Ghost in the Shell series. It was released in 2008, adapted from the The Sky Crawlers novel series written by Hiroshi Mori with some changes.

The Sky Crawlers focuses on pilots fighting against opponents flying fighter aircrafts in the war. The story begins when a main character Yuichi Kannami, a young air ace, transfers to a new base under the control of a female commanding officer Suito Kusanagi. Both their calm daily life and intense combat scenes are depicted in the anime movie.

4. The Place Promised in Our Early Days

If you Porco Rosso and other Studio Ghibli movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki, it is also recommended to check some works by the other renowned modern anime director Makoto Shinkai. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (雲のむこう、約束の場所) is the second anime movie directed by Makoto Shinkai in 2004, following his first work Voices of a Distant Star in 2002.

The setting of The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a fictional Japan in 1996. It revolves around two middle schoolers named Hiroki and Takuya. They put their hearts into completing a plane to fly to the symbolic, mysterious tower. The boys promises to take their classmate and a heroine named Sayuri Sawatari to the tower and scramble to realize their dreams facing lots of difficulties.

5. The Princess and the Pilot

The Princess and the Pilot (とある飛空士への追憶) is an action and romance anime movie with the theme of air conbats, released in 2011. Based on the same-titled light novel written by Koroku Inumura in 2008, it was produced by Madhouse, which is also famous for Paprika (2006) and Summer Wars (2009).

There is a large war between the western Levamme Kingdom and the eastern Amatsukami Empire in the story. The Princess and the Pilot follows a 21-year-old mercenary pilot Charles Karino, who is born in the Levamme Kingdom. He has to accomplish a mission to bring back Juana del Moral from the opponent country, who is engaged to the prince of the Levamme Kingdom.

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