English: Howl's Moving Castle
Synonyms: Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
1 hr. 57 min.
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.731 (scored by 118115 users)
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adventure drama fantasy ghibli romance
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Similar Animation and Storyline (Disney-like)
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.
A mystical and enchanted storyline of romance permeates both of these wonderful creations by the same director
Weird mystical magical realms
This two great movies have the same creator and they both contain great stories about curse, love, and drama at the same time. If you'll notice upon watching them, the way they were drawn was also the same. In characters Haku(Spirited away) and Howl(HMC) do look alike. Both movies have great lessons and that after you watch them they will surely leave a good memory.
As you all likely know already, both Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away are the brainchild of Hayao Miyazaki; however, the two films share numerous similarities in addition to Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's style.
Perhaps the greatest overbearing theme in both movies is the use of surreality bordering upon absurdism. Miyazaki is a master of this style. His movies are filled with surreal and inventive worlds and magical, unique characters. More so than any of his other films, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle invoke the same feeling of wonder to their majestic settings.
As far as the narrative goes, both movies are centered two young and bewildered coming of age heroins and their sojourns through the new and fantastic worlds they are discovering. Along the way, love, compassion, curiosity and development are evident in each of the protagonists. Miyazaki's protagonists are quite akin to Alice from Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring young female leads as they journey through newly discovered mystical worlds.
Although Howl's Moving Castle contains a slightly darker theme with a violent war ravaging the world and Spirited Away has a lighter and more upbeat feel, both are excellent films laden heavy with Miyazaki's beautiful and sublime visions coupled with a mystical, romantic adventure.
Besides that both are made from Hayao Miyazaki, they both represent pure love and friendship. Spirited Away is about a girl, Chihiro, who depends on her friends to save her family from the magical world which they do not belong in and Howl's Moving Castle's, Sophie, relies on her friends, one of them supplies major eye candy, to release her from a curse. They both have happy endings and are films that are in my top ten favorite movies (Spirited Away is one of Roger Ebert's favorite movies) and they will definitely be yours too.
Both have gorgeous art and they both dwell in fantasy and the supernatural. They also have the same producers so they have similar art styles. What's more, they both have fascinating plots and lovable characters.
Same producers, Studio Ghibli. Both of the movies have a great story, same genre, romance, fantasy, supernatural, adventure and a very good drama. Both of movies are great and worth watching, has great lessons of love and friendship between the cast/characters of both of the movies.
Like magic? Like inventive transportation? The creators of Spirited Away and the talented voices of Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, and Emily Mortimer bring Howl's Moving Castle to life. See a world where wizards and witches fight in a war and curses are cast on the innocent so nothing and no one is quite what it seems.
The plots are different but both have a girl as the protagonist as they accidently get involved in another world full of magical elements and fantasy.
Two different movies and both made by Hayao Miyazki. Both movies are highly creative, involve magical elements, very light underlying romance between the two characters and are both about a young girl who is leading an average life until suddenly being whisked away into a magical/spiritual adevnture.
Both were made by the same director and producer. Both are about a relationship between a human girl and unuseal guy. Both are fantasy, and the character's main goal is the same: remove the curse.
Sophie & Chihiro sound like they're both dreaming aren't they? They think they're dreaming and both are very dark anime. But actually it was really half-real and half-fantasy
Both are fantastical, dream-like, magical, captivating stories of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
These two movies are very similar. The ideas are almost like a copy of each other! One week after I had seen Spirited Away, I saw Howl's Moving Castle, and yet I was amazed by it! They made me realize what love truly means!
made by the same guy Hayao Miyazaki. He makes great anime movies that will leave you wanting more, I can't say that I didn't enjoy watching all of the movies that were made by him. His movies are very creative and original, if you've seen one, you should check out some of his others, they are all just as good. His movies are so great that I even re watched some of them a few times. anyways if you're interested in one of his movies, you're almost guaranteed to like the others. see for yourself.
Both masterpieces by Studio Ghibli like to focus on unusual, fantasy shapes and living creatures. The characters in both movies are showing us pretty much the same power and act in the role they are there for. If you liked one of them, you will most likely like the other one, too.
One is a steampunk adventure, the other is a steampunk fairy-tale, both making emphasis on splendid surroundings and fantastic devices.
Although the storylines differ greatly, the artwork and setting are very similar. Both are set in the pre-industrial age where magic rules the world and the heroes must rely more on their own skills to get them through the struggles. Recommended if you enjoy steam punk fantasy anime.
Last Exile and Howl's have steam-punk elements and style with whimsical magical elements to them. Both of them have a character who is under a curse that needs to be overcome, while Howl has several characters with this, Exile has Dio and the Guild that add this element. Howl's is more magical and fairytale like, while Exile is more of an adventure series. Both have an exotic mystical feeling to them. Both have wars and air-battles as a background setting. I think that people who enjoy Howl's will like Last Exile, however please note that while Howl's is a movie, Exile is a series - so the pacing is very different.
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!!!
Indeed both share an evident and delicate romantic and magic atmosphere.
- "Hakushaku to Yousei" has Lydia, "Howl's Moving Castle" has Sophie, both girls are brought into magic adventures by an handsome blonde guys (Edgar / Howl).
- Still, both anime are inspired to an old-england style in a past epoch (which may easily be around year 1900).
- Similar as well the gentle and gold-hearted personalities of the involved characters in both stories ♥
If you loved one of those yet, you'll definitely fall in love once again for the other!
I think that a good word to describe their magic stories is: Sweet.
Female lead characters are weak initially, however through trials they become stronger, and learn how to deal with the male leads. Both were way too short; Hakushaku to Yousei seemed incomplete, and in Howl's Castle, Howls personality did not seem clearly developed enough for me.'
The anime movies have very exotic and interesting story lines, alway watch the Japanese version with english subtitles, much better than english dubs
Although Howl's Moving Castle doesn't have such a 'save the nature theme' that most of Hayao Miyazaki's movies do, it still is about 'no war.' I love all of his movies, Princess Mononoke being my favorite, but out of all his movies, this one is my second favorite. The animation is great as well as the characters. It has a great plot and another curse. In many ways, Howl's Moving Castle is similar to Princess Mononoke.
Traveling to other worlds to change your life. In Howl's Moving Castle they're looking for a way to break the spell of Sophie (a witch turned her into an old woman) and in Howshi wo Ou Kodomo they're looking for a way to bring back the dead.
Although Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is a Makoto Shinkai movie, I think it will appeal to Miyazaki fans. Both are adventure movies with a dash of romance (a little more in Howl than Hosho wo Ou Kodomo) and are beautifully animated. Overall, they're both touching and sweet and the endings make you want to cry.
both are similar because you have a female lead that is unsure about herself but gains confidence through their partner's strengnth. I like the fact that both of the lead characters didnt immediately like the male lead, and kind of fell in love through adventurs. They are dissimilar because Howl's Castle is way too short.
If you fell in love with tamaki (or any other host for that matter)then you'll 100% like howl.Even the love story is similar (haruhi=sophie)
If you dont know anything about this howl's moving castle and probably you've seen some pictures and your not going to think twice,thrice or go over it 100x if you dont watch it you'll regret.
Both animes reminds me of each other as they have magic, witches and wizards.
The plot may be diffrent but I think both directors want to tell you the same
meanings. There is also more similarity which you can find for yourself while watching.
It is worth to watch them both as they have very unique world settings and great characters.
These two Movies are vastly different while offering a similar perspective on life's achievements. Sadly, Grave of the Fireflies is a tearful, historic, tragedy of the pain suffered by a brother and sister on the day Japan cried. Howl's Moving Castle offers the prospects of a young girl on a completely random journey in a magically entertaining world of love and adventure. Oddly, both are capable of emotionally startling their viewers with astounding events, encompassing their polar opposite stories.