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Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Alternative Titles

English: Castle in the Sky
Synonyms: Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta
Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 1986
Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.381 (scored by 72016 users)
Ranked: #1752
Popularity: #265
Members: 105,616
Favorites: 772
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

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Synopsis

This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta's neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth, and from each other.

(Source: Disney)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Characters & Voice Actors

Sheeta
Sheeta
Main
Paquin, Anna
English
Paquin, Anna
Padoan, Eva
Italian
Padoan, Eva
...
Pazu
Pazu
Main
Tanaka, Mayumi
Japanese
Tanaka, Mayumi
Goodson, Barbara
English
Goodson, Barbara
...
Dola
Dola
Supporting
Leachman, Cloris
English
Leachman, Cloris
Hatsui, Kotoe
Japanese
Hatsui, Kotoe
...
Muska
Muska
Supporting
Hamill, Mark
English
Hamill, Mark
Damitz, Claus-Peter
German
Damitz, Claus-Peter
...

Staff

Takahata, Isao
Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Character Design, Screenplay
Shiba, Shigeharu
Sound Director
Kousaka, Kitarou
Key Animation



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Sep 25, 2014
Ilse
I know this movie is almost 30 years old, but I recently re-watched it and I cried reminiscing about my childhood and thought I should write my first review on it. Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa aka Castle in the Sky is tied as my favorite Miyazaki movie alongside Princess Mononoke; my 2 favorite movies as a child.

The story of Castle in the Sky is about, you guessed it; a castle in the sky. There's a legend about a floating island castle, called "Laputa" that contains all the riches a person can ever dream of having. The main male character, Panzo believes that the castle exists, read more
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Sep 1, 2008
Qin
Castle in the sky is the third film made by Hayao Miyazaki, who I've come to believe is one of the most masterful storytellers. The story is based on the Laputa of Gulliver's Travels, a floating city of scientists and ideologist, which is a legend, a dream of explorers. The young miner Pazu in the story has a goal, which is to find Laputa just as his father did before. And one day, a girl Sheeta who is wearing a magical necklace drifting down from the sky into Pazu's arms, their adventure begins.

The movie has a touch of magic and science fiction. Much read more
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Jan 18, 2008
JTurner
Retitled from its original Japanese name of Laputa (for being an offensive phrase, something which director Hayao Miyazaki was oblivious to at the time), Castle in the Sky is the master animator's third film, and it's one of his most beloved of all time. Initially a box office disappointment in its 1986 release, it has since been embraced by critics and audiences around the world. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Castle in the Sky is a steampunk-themed action adventure tale about two young orphans -- young miner Pazu, and mysterious girl Sheeta (who wears a magic crystal around her neck) -- who team read more
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Sep 25, 2014
angelsreview
I feel like the studio and Director would be a give away that this would be good. I don’t know what to fully talk about as everything about this show is amazing from the story to the animation to the dub. Even the comedy doesn’t get in the way of the great story that lies within this show. Only one or two things bother me but they aren’t that big, like when Pazu jumps off his house and ends up breaking through bricks into his basement with no broken bones or nothing. Of course, these problems are minor and don’t happen all that much.

Miyazaki seems read more
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Recommendations

Makoto Shinkai has obviously been inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle In the Sky. Which Shinkai also has stated he is a huuge fan of!
Both involve the protagonists searching for some other magical place in the world, both have these magical stone necklaces, and not to mention both have protagonists who meet a mysterious person that sets them off on their adventure.
Hayao Miyazaki has a very poetic way of telling stories. In both of these movies you see his fascination for flying machines.
reportRecommended by zulon - Add to favorites
Similar feel, art, music and setting. However, Laputa is far superior in every way and if you enjoyed Fractale, you'll be blown away by Laputa.
Another Ghibli movie, this one holds the same charms. When I watched Castle of Cagliostro I couldn't help but think of moments in Laputa; they felt fairly linked in parts. If you enjoyed this one, watch Laputa, without a doubt!
the same kind of theme runs through both of these films, and both are packed with action.
Anno of Evangelion fame hit the big time in animation by quite literally knocking on Miyazaki's door and showing him his animation skills when Nausicaa's production ran out of animators. Afterwards, Anno was inspired by Miyazaki's concept for Laputa and ended up directing his own version of the story with his own studio. This is how Nadia came to be.

If Miyazaki has one weakness visible throughout his films, it's characterisation. More often than not, his imagination for story-telling leaves little room for the nitty-gritty of making his characters into relatable humans, as opposed to plot devices. Anno, on the other hand, is most famous for the creation of Evangelion; arguably THE psychological anime. Evangelion was a series that focused almost exclusively on the exploration of its cast; story details being viewed as less important and, ultimately, making the conclusion near enough incomprehensible. And it's this plot/characterisation divide that defines two anime that begin with the same premise.

In Laputa, the hero and heroine might as well have been nameless. They had their roles and there had to be a hint of romance. There was NOTHING else. Their dull designs went along with how hollow they came across. Part of the blame for this failing lies with a restrictive film time limit and the film targeting younger viewers, but it's still hard to imagine if, say, Anno had directed Laputa that the end result would've been the same, for better or worse.

Nadia's different, of course. Rather than a happy-happy Ghibli heroine, Nadia's titular heroine is best described as bitchy--a tsundere before Asuka made tsunderes so popular in - OF COURSE - Evangelion. She gives her eccentric and nerdy romantic counterpart a hard time throughout the series as their relationship gradually evolved; even chastising him for killing for food and refusing to eat meat, among other things. Others may see Nadia's personality and find such a heroine distasteful when a Mary Sue type could've took her place. I, however, see human imperfections in a character and see a person, rather than a drawing. I see two people overcoming their differences through disagreements and see growth.

In summary: Laputa's the title for those looking for an adventure filled with magic. Nadia is also a lot of fun but contains more of the genuine human qualities that I love to see.

Opening Theme

"Sora kara Futtekita Shoujo (空から降ってきた少女; The Girl Who Fell from the Sky)" by Joe Hisaishi

Ending Theme

"Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)" by Azumi Inoue

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