Howl no Ugoku Shiro

Howl's Moving Castle

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English: Howl's Moving Castle
Japanese: ハウルの動く城


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
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.671 (scored by 507206507,206 users)
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Ranked: #482
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Popularity: #92
Members: 748,233
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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.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Hayao Miyazaki has a very poetic way of telling stories. In both of these movies you see his fascination for flying machines. 
report Recommended by zulon
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 ^^. 
report Recommended by swtcakes
One is a steampunk adventure, the other is a steampunk fairy-tale, both making emphasis on splendid surroundings and fantastic devices. 
report Recommended by Forion
Chise and Sophie live in a beautiful, European-inspired fantasy world where magic can be used to make a living. The two girls at the beginning of the story have low opinions of themselves and latent magical abilities unbeknownst to either of them. They are taken in by Elias and Howl, the enigmatic and powerful wizards of their respective series who have more than a few secrets of their own. Through many experiences of helping others and guidance from their wizard mentors, Chise and Sophie learn to hone their magic, deepen their relationship with Elias and Howl, and gradually learn to accept and love themselves. 
report Recommended by xxxATiON
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!!! 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
• Both have main characters of a young girl and an older male mage/wizard • Both settings are in Europe or have strong European influences • Both consist of magical acts taking place in an otherwise everyday setting (magical realism) 
report Recommended by khvleesea
Both are wonderful and enchanting stories that can fire up your imagination. 
report Recommended by aya09
Both stories center around a misfit girl who does not believe that she is beautiful, and a beautiful boy who loves to be beautiful and have beautiful things. “Howl no Ugoku Shiro” has been my favorite movie for many years and i recently finished watching “Kuragehime” so I could lsit the similarities forever but I must also say that both even tough in essence are the same, they convey the story differently and each one has aspects the other dose not. “Kuragehime” is a Josei and I think “Howl no Ugoku Shiro” also has that nice sentimental feel about it. There are many other profound  read more 
report Recommended by SeaweedLikeLike
The anime movies have very exotic and interesting story lines, alway watch the Japanese version with english subtitles, much better than english dubs 
report Recommended by meiwakuna-san
Even though No.6 is a Shounen-ai, I have to say that we have very similar characters not only as personality but also suprisingly as physically! In both shows, notion of love and friendship captures you so fast!  
report Recommended by sora-to-hoshi
Same beautiful artwork, amazing setting and delicious scenery. Both have simplistic and overall basic plots. Both focus on some serious topic (war/prejudice). Both have romance between the main characters. Both are happy feel good anime.  
report Recommended by ModeratelyHuman
similar art style and a very heart-warming characters and plot  
report Recommended by BerryChanx
Both have a moving castle as important element of the film. 
report Recommended by Carls
The artwork looks the same and the movies have the same feel to them. They are both "heartwarming tales" 
report Recommended by kallykinsCXIII
Both Miyazaki films I think the animation in both are amazing. Just like Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle is a moving a passionate Anime experience. 
report Recommended by Elizashizzle
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. 
report Recommended by animaiden
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. 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
Both are beautifully animated and heartwarming films that have similar imagery of shooting stars and several plot simiarities, such as time-slip elemtns and the main girl cutting her hair short. Sophie and Mitsuha feel a little similar to me, as they are both very strong young women but are not quite happy with themselves and the lives they lead. 
report Recommended by TaliaMatsuo
The similarities between these two anime: - Both produced by Studio Ghibli. - Similar art, character designs, fluid animation and beautiful backgrounds. - Similar setting: events happen in a fantasy world. - Both have wizards as main characters. - Both have main characters who are emotionally unstable and have "darkness" in their hearts. - Both action have action and romance elements, as the two lead characters become romantically involved. - Both anime are based on a series of western fantasy novels. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
- A character lost its original appearance. - A covert love story. - It's a magical setting different from our real world. 
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
Both Howl's Moving Castle and LWA are whimsical adventures, full of magic and wonder. Little Witch Academia is one of the best franchises of the decade and I can see fans of Miyazaki enjoying it immensely. 
report Recommended by Nsider_NeoSeth
They both have very good fantasy world building, but howl's moving castle is more like romance with a warm ending but Maquia is a sad movie with painful human connection. Maquia definitely is an underrated movie. 
report Recommended by Anret
There is 13 episodes I cried 18 times Violet Evergadren have a wonderful story and a wonderful visual Everything is beautiful, even terrible things are turn out and can make you cry (like me)  
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A timeless tale of melancholic romance and fantasy, delving into story of SukaSuka gave me the most intriguing sense of déjà vu. And now I have finally identified the familiarity embedded deeply beneath my anime-watching journey – Howl’s Moving Castle. The formula they use is an ancient one that closely resembles the Greek mythologies I read with passion as a child. Founded upon incredibly intricate worlds in which magic and sufferings culminate in the most peculiar of forms, SukaSuka and Howl’s Moving Castle introduces viewers to a multicolored amalgamation of emotions where one’s conviction in love and loss is repeatedly put to the test in  read more 
report Recommended by Germs_N_Spices
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. 
report Recommended by XzaR
A fantasy world colliding with the real world. A war and a creature with magic power takes part. 
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
While the plots of Nagi no Asukara and Howl's moving Castle are considerably different, there's something about each that reminds me of the other. Both have large fantasy and romance aspects, though Nagi no Asukara is more romance driven and casual than the latter. There's a certain bright atmosphere to each one, along with colourful animation and beautiful scenery. It might be a bit of a stretch, but if you like one then you should definitely try the other!  
report Recommended by ShinyShing
Very similar art style. Both have old characters and a big big house (and great storyline of course). 
report Recommended by SotN
Howl's Moving Castle is much more interesting than Ponyo, especially the plot, but the drawing style is the same. Also, they are similar in gender. 
report Recommended by Sly_Alex
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. 
report Recommended by CiaoBella
These classic movies are perfect for a family setting, with thrilling and imaginative backgrounds, enabling the viewer to be in tuned with an exciting sense of heroism, self belonging, and relation.  
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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. 
report Recommended by Blackstar_aria
Both of these anime has something unique and sweet love stories. 
report Recommended by Meye
Giniro no Kami no Agito has a similar animation style as well as the similar plot of having a kind of quest to complete. 
report Recommended by Wintersunboheme
They have supernatural creatures, are lovely and dreamy. Both warm your heart and enchant you in a beautiful adventure you'll love. It'll give you this certain feeling of "when I'll have children, I need to show them those beautiful, nostalgic 'fairy tales' ". Both are emotional in so many ways and embrace your soul. Both have some melancholic sides but Natsume's story is even more moving and so sad at times you might need to cry. At the same time they are so heart-warming that they bring you happiness. Natsume's story is more educational showing that superficially scary beings aren't bad at all,  read more 
report Recommended by Salvina
Howls Moving Castle is similar to Aru Tabibito no Nikki for their music, and dreamy pictures/landscapes. Both of these animations have the power to put you under a spell. 
report Recommended by bleeb
Both have romance and are movies, cute to watch only tha tthe endings and the time settings are different 
report Recommended by kairi07
Both movies are by Studio Ghibli. The animation is the same and both stories have the same magical quality. Howl has more romance. 
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