Ranked #35

Howl no Ugoku Shiro

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.731 (scored by 185,584 users)
Ranked: #352
Popularity: #67
Members: 252,450
Favorites: 5,375
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Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

(Source: Disney)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kimura, Takuya
Kimura, Takuya
Hatter, Sophie
Hatter, Sophie
Baisho, Chieko
Baisho, Chieko
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Turnip Head
Turnip Head
Oizumi, Yo
Oizumi, Yo


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

Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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Nov 20, 2015
Howl's Moving Castle is an amazing movie. Studio Ghibli never fails, and Howl's Moving Castle is probably their best, besides maybe Princess Mononoke. It is by far my favorite movie.

- STORY - 8 - If you have seen Studio Ghibli, you know how crazy and weird they can be (if you haven't seen any Studio Ghibli movies, DO IT NOW!!!!) this one is no exception, but it one of the more laxed and normal ones, although it is still- crazy. I did love this movie, but if you think about the story, it really is quite abnormal, and not in a bad way, but read more
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Nov 14, 2015
Howls castle is just... there. The protagonists spent almost all the film just existing, then in the last 5 minutes deus ex machina resolves the conflict you were barely aware existed.

You'd have a more satisfying story if you put a blob of paint on the top of a wall and filmed it's decent, at least then you'd have payoff, and if you're lucky a bird might take a shit nearby.

The best character is turnip head as he doesn't speak, but suffice it to say Howls moving tumor fucks that up before the end.

Still, I am willing to give praise where it is due, howls moving read more
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Sep 11, 2015
Howl's Moving Castle is the second biggest film from Ghibli studios .. the hype was huge, the feeling from the cover was huge .. the title was promising (a fucking moving castle !!), everything in this movie was promising because it's from Ghibli and everything from Ghibli it's piece of art..

But this wasn´t the case. When I finished this movie my mind was about to blow trying to compile everything and trying to find a way of understanding this movie because literally in the end there were so many things that I did not understand that I just gave up.

Where do I begin read more
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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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Hayao Miyazaki has a very poetic way of telling stories. In both of these movies you see his fascination for flying machines. 
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Both movies are from studio ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Similarly, both stories follow a young girl on her journey.
Both movies have beautiful scenery and lovable characters!
I think you'll like one if you like the other ^^. 
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One is a steampunk adventure, the other is a steampunk fairy-tale, both making emphasis on splendid surroundings and fantastic devices. 
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both are great movies by Hayao Miyazaki :3 with a touch of magic and peculiar creatures :] 
reportRecommended by melieon
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same english, vintage-style culture in both, beautifully portrayed. both have supernatural elements and contains fantasy (to an extent). and edgar and howl are both quite similar, in appearance and kind of in personality, both are extremely HOT!!! 
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