Ranked #36
Howl no Ugoku Shiro

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
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.731 (scored by 165678 users)
Ranked: #362
Popularity: #59
Members: 224,303
Favorites: 4,807
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors

Kimura, Takuya
Kimura, Takuya
Hatter, Sophie
Hatter, Sophie
Baisho, Chieko
Baisho, Chieko
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Witch of the Waste
Witch of the Waste
Miwa, Akihiro
Miwa, Akihiro


Suzuki, Toshio
Ishii, Tomohiko
Assistant Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Executive Producer, Screenplay
Baisho, Chieko
Theme Song Performance

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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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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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Oct 19, 2013
Howl's Moving Castle is a movie which is greatly acclaimed and loved. I wanted to see what I was missing out on so I watched it.

This movie is about a woman named Sophie who owns a hat shop. On the way to meet her sister, Sophie is saved from shifty men by a handsome, wizard named Howl. The witch of the waste then decides to intervene and casts a spell on Sophie out of jealousy. On a journey to recover her old self, she ends up on the moving castle as a cleaner. Then there's lots of magic, secrets, an adoptive family and a read more
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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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Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are visually stunning experiences with a strong surreal underpinning behind coming of age narratives. In both movies a magical world unfolds before bewildered young heroines who must claim a new position within apparent chaos. Spirited Away is more hectic and upbeat while Howl's focus on darker themes such as war and violence. Yet both invoke the same spirit of beautiful natural scenes rendered sublime by Miyazaki's unique style.  
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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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!!! 
both are great movies by Hayao Miyazaki :3 with a touch of magic and peculiar creatures :] 
One is a steampunk adventure, the other is a steampunk fairy-tale, both making emphasis on splendid surroundings and fantastic devices. 
Both have a moving castle as important element of the film. 
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Opening Theme

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

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