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Howl no Ugoku Shiro


Alternative Titles

English: Howl's Moving Castle
Synonyms: Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
Japanese: ハウルの動く城

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Producers: d-rights, Tokuma Shoten
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 8.741 (scored by 207,576 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #342
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #72
Members: 284,612
Favorites: 6,265
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

That jumbled piece of architecture, that cacophony of hissing steam and creaking joints, with smoke billowing from it as it moves on its own... That castle is home to the magnificent wizard Howl, infamous for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer—or so the rumor goes in Sophie Hatter's small town. Sophie, as the plain daughter of a hatmaker, does not expect much from her future and is content with working hard in the shop.

However, Sophie's simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation, and the mysterious wizard appears to rescue her. Unfortunately, this encounter, brief as it may be, spurs the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste—in a fit of jealousy caused by a past discord with Howl—to put a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman.

In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Howl
Howl
Main
Kimura, Takuya
Japanese
Kimura, Takuya
Hatter, Sophie
Hatter, Sophie
Main
Baisho, Chieko
Japanese
Baisho, Chieko
Calcifer
Calcifer
Supporting
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Japanese
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Turnip Head
Turnip Head
Supporting
Oizumi, Yo
Japanese
Oizumi, Yo

Staff

Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Producer
Ishii, Tomohiko
Ishii, Tomohiko
Assistant Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Screenplay, Executive Producer
Hisaishi, Joe
Hisaishi, Joe
Theme Song Arrangement, Music

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"Sekai no Yakusoku (世界の約束; The Promise of the World)" by Chieko Baisho

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More reviewsReviews

katsup
Feb 11, 2008
I have watched this movie many many times since it is one of my favorite Miyazaki films, so why not write a review? I have also read the book, which takes a much different direction than the film does. And yes, it may seem like I rate highly but for some i was between 9 or 10, and I have explained things that I disliked that may not reflect in my number ratings.

Story: the story is about a girl named Sophie who gets turned into an old woman and ends up living with a wizard named Howl in his moving castle. The story is the read more
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Venneh
Apr 30, 2009
TITLE: How's Moving Castle

NOVEL, ANIME: Howl's Moving Castle was originally a young-adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones in 1986. It won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1987, and was also was designated an ALA Notable Book for children and young adults.

Howl's Moving Castle was produced by Studio Ghibli (Ponyo on the Cliff, Spirited Away), and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind). Howl was released in theatres in Japan on November 20th, 2004, and showed dubbed in theatres Stateside starting on June 10th, 2005, courtesy of Disney, and is available both subbed and dubbed read more
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kiriska
Jun 9, 2008
I'd figured that waiting so long to see this made me a bad Miyazaki fan, but after seeing it, I wasn't much bothered by my long delay anymore.

STORY - This movie was apparently based off a book, but as I haven't read the book, I'm judging this movie as a work all on its own, for better or worse. So I suppose this was, in a way, a story about courage and facing one's fears, but it was approached in such a roundabout way that I'm really not sure, even now. The premise of the movie -- Sophie getting bewitched into an old woman -- read more
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iamjoe
Oct 25, 2008
This has to be the most overrated movie to come out from Studio Ghibli. This unfabulous movie was based on the even more unfabulous book by Diana Wynne Ross or whatever the loser is called.

Thankfully, Miyazaki changed around an awful story to make a semi-decent one. A lot of people complained about the changes, but I was glad, since I didn't want to see a movie about a book which pages I use to wipe dog doo off my shoes.

The art was amazing, top-quality, but such a waste--everything else was pretty stupid.

Howl is a loser, and I know I will get hate read more
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