Because you like Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service
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 precocious 11-year-old, Satsuki Kusakabe is not quite as grown up as she pretends to be. See them in My Neighbor Totoro.
Wise beyond his years, Ashitaka is a dutiful young prince who respects the balance of life. See them in Princess Mononoke.
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.
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.
A goldfish princess, Ponyo follows her dreams wherever they lead her. See them in Ponyo.
Growing up isn't easy: Chihiro's parents turned into pigs, she's enslaved at a bathhouse for demons, and oh yeah, she's fading from existence. See them in Spirited Away.
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.
Kagami Hiiragi keeps her grades up, helps at Takanomiya Shrine, serves as class president, and hangs out with her friends. See them in Lucky Star.
The "runt" of his biker gang, Tetsuo Shima grapples with a perpetual inferiority complex. See them in Akira.
Ichigo Momomiya is a bubbly student by day, magical cat-powered superhero by night. See them in Tokyo Mew Mew.
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.