Anime Underground The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises  

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Anime based off of real-life stories can sometimes be hard to come across, especially since sci-fi and fantasy themes tend to take more of a lead. However, The Wind Rises is a perfect example of a series that's dedicated to the true story. Based on the inventor of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, Jiro Horikoshi, who dreamed of flight and making the world a better place.

If you're looking for anime like The Wind Rises, we have several recommendations we'd highly suggest you watch! For anime about wartime Japan, Grave of the Fireflies is an excellent film produced by Studio Ghibli that speaks volumes about what the American bombings were like and how difficult it was for the people there. There are also more whimsical stories about fighter pilots such as Porco Rosso's depiction of the "Red Pig," who is a humanoid pig that takes to the skies. 

With so many anime series to choose from, we know there's sure to be one you'll adore. Let us know which recommendations like The Wind Rises you enjoyed the most by voting it up! 

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Porco Rosso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Porco Rosso is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on Hikōtei Jidai, a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices ...more
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the ...more
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In This Corner of the World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) is a manga series written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno and 2016 anime series. During World War II, Suzu Urano and her new husband ...more
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The Great Passage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
The Great Passage
The Great Passage is a 2013 drama film written by Kensaku Watanabe and directed by Yûya Ishii.
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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more
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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film ...more
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more
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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is also the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli. The film was distributed by ...more
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Robotics;Notes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Robotics;Notes is an anime TV series, produced by Production I.G, broadcasted on Fuji TV from October 12, 2012.
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Royal Space Force: The Wings o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film and the first film produced by Gainax and Bandai Visual. It was directed and written by Hiroyuki ...more
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Miss Hokusai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
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Descending Stories: Showa Genr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Kumota and 2016 anime series. A man is released from prison and becomes the ...more
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When Marnie Was There is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like The Wind Rises
When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It ...more