In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
Both movies are set in fantasy worlds and even the main male characters could resemble each other. Though Gedo Senki has much more from an fairy-tale than Princess Mononoke, I'd recommend watching both of them. Enjoy!
If you liked Gedo Senki or Mononoke Hime, you'll probably like the other. Why? Well, both are Ghiblies. Ok, bad answer, but let me continue. :) The backgrounds in Gedo Senki are, often, very similar to Mononoke Hime scenary. Both movies share a somewhat barren world, slightly decadent worlds - fantasy worlds where there's a lot of beauty and wonders, but stalked by a grim feeling... something is changing in these worlds, changing for worse. In these worlds, where something bad is bound to happen, the heroes go on a involuntary journey, each bearing a particular "curse" or "blame", each tainted by something beyond them. Then they meet their respective main female characters: pretty, wary of strangers, savage, heir to a "more than human" heritage. Mononoke Hime's story have the upper hand when compared to Gedo Senki's plot, but still, both shares a lot of aspects that should please the same public.
These films share the same sort of beautifully drawn worlds. While Gedo Senki if far more the fantasy epic, both films, I suppose typical to anime, give a feeling that the natural world, or the natural order are being distupted.
I think that if you liked one, give the other a shot.
Both Tales from Earthsa and Princess Mononoke are releases from the famed Studio Ghibli and both are richly, lushly animated marvels focusing on a plot with a main hero who seeks a cure from a curse, who coincidentally needs to save the world from destruction while finding the path to his own redemption. Both heroes find unexpected aid from a stong female who becomes more important to achievng their final goals.
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
In both Gedo Senki and Seirei no Moribito, a young prince escapes to save his life and matures while living a life as a commoner. Throw in a magician, exotic settings, dark spirits and a smidgeon of philosophy to get an exciting fantasy adventure in each anime.
Seirei no Moribito and Gedo Senki are both anime based on outstanding fantasy novels, even the main plot and ideas are very similar. If you liked one, you should give the other one a try. Enjoy!
Both anime are adaptations of two long series of fantasy novels. The fantasy element is very beautifully portrayed with artistic novelties (e.g. the sketch effect on Earthsea, 3d scenes in Seirei no Moribito), ethnic traditions, astonishing landscapes and ethnic music.
The plots have a very common element: the main characters try to follow a peaceful life but there is always trouble ahead. Also their dilemmas are not conventional at all as well as the storylines.
Both anime involve a prince who learns by living as a commoner. Both princes have the guidance of an experienced older person, Balso and Sparrowhawk. And both face tremedous odds.
Both anime have a well balanced mixture of fantasy and philosophy.
both of these movies are about an adventure which has a magical and sceret element to it. not only that but out of the more child friendly anime's these are both quite dark as both of the main characters in both hoshi wo ou kodomo and tales from earthsea are followed by darkness and death from the past.
Both Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo and Gedo Senki have beautiful sweeping landscapes and take place in magical worlds, as well as quick-moving adventure stories that draw you in and keep you hooked. You'll definitely like one if you like the other.
Innocent, naive, and locked in the castle tower since birth, Princess Arete wants nothing more than to escape the royal life and live as the commoners live, and to see things that she has only dreamed about in her books. One day, her wish is granted -- though under less than ideal circumstances -- by the sorcerer Boax, who charms her into becoming his wife. On his flying machine from the days of magic, Arete embarks on a mystical journey full of discovery, enlightenment, and wonder beyond belief...
Gedo Senki and Princess Arete both have a remarkably similar feel to them. Both are intelligent, on the slower side, and absofreakinglutely gorgeous. Princess Arete is considerably slower and less epic than Gedo Senki, but both are phenomenal.
Both of these movies are about royal children embarking on a journey of discovery. While Gedo Senki has more action to it, both Arren and Arete defy their set roles in life. With magic and adventure afoot, both anime are beautiful pieces.
Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.
At first glance this recommendation might seem a bit odd, but these two titles share a vital similarity NOT in the content of their stories, but in how their stories are executed.
Many people disparage Gedo Senki in the same way they disparage 5 Centimeters per Second: "There's no plot! Nothing happens!" However, anyone who has enjoyed either Gedo Senki or 5 Cm. knows that you don't re-watch and love these movies just "for the story." You watch it because its beauty touches you. In both titles, the story takes a backseat, and the audience is instead treated to a gorgeous tone poem. You sit back and let the mood, the gorgeous animation, and evocative music sweep over you. Basically, Gedo Senki and 5 Centimeters are both wondrous examples of pure anime impressionism. Both films have something to say, but that something is not so much solid words as a paintstroke of colors and emotions.