Because you like Chihiro in Spirited Away
A precocious 11-year-old, Satsuki Kusakabe is not quite as grown up as she pretends to be. See them in My Neighbor Totoro.
Once a lonely hat maker, Sophie Hatter is now cleaning goo from bathtubs and cooking breakfast for the grumpiest wizard in all the land. See them in Howl's Moving Castle.
Empathetic Nausicaa embraces all forms of life, even those that might scare other people. See them in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
A goldfish princess, Ponyo follows her dreams wherever they lead her. See them in Ponyo.
Wise beyond his years, Ashitaka is a dutiful young prince who respects the balance of life. See them in Princess Mononoke.
A plucky 13-year-old with a flair for the dramatic, Kiki is a witch in training. See them in Kiki's Delivery Service.
When dealing with a half-demon partner and a world of violence, Kagome Higurashi has plenty of chances for her true courage to shine. See them in Inuyasha.
Duck, girl, and legend: Ahiru's identities confuse even herself at times, and she often wonders which of them is truly her. See them in Princess Tutu.
An arrogant, prideful human-demon hybrid, Inuyasha secretly just wants to be accepted. See them in Inuyasha.
Howl puts the "tortured" in tortured artist. He just wants to be recognized for his work, but no one wants to trust a boy that sorta looks like a bird. See them in Howl's Moving Castle.
Yuki Cross is a cheerful, funny, bold young woman with hidden insecurities. See them in Vampire Knight.
Impassive, overly literal, and a little short on people skills, Angel dedicates her life to enforcing the rules. See them in Angel Beats!.