Gedo Senki

Alt titles: Tales from Earthsea

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Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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zpatzer zpatzer says...

If you understood the storyline behind gedo senki, you can the same thing except 10 times more epic with Now and then, here and there. This is really the peak of the adventure genre.

Tekkon Kinkreet

Tekkon Kinkreet

In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans who are unafraid of fellow children and Yakuza alike; never have they found a foe who could best them in a battle – until now. A strange man and his even stranger (and seemingly indestructible) henchmen have plans to tear down Treasure Town and erect an amusement park in its place, and they’ll cut down anyone who stands in their way. Can Black and White save their home, and each other?

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valondar valondar says...

While very different films each have the same problems but also the same saving graces. Both of them are not directed particularly well, resulting in a meandering and occasionally unfocused tone - but they rest their laurels on the strengths of the backgrounds and animation provided by their name studios - Ghibli for Gedo Senki and Studio 4C in the case of Tekkon Kinkreet; these films are simply so gorgeous to look at and top-drawer in the animation skill and budget employed by the studios so as to overlook any other defects. If you enjoyed one of these films more or less on this level, well, the other may also be for you.

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...

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Nightfire320 Nightfire320 says...

Both are movies where magic is makin hugh impacts on the worlds. If you liked the mysteries and characters of Earthland, you'll like the Howls moving castle too

5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

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.

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babyeinstein12 babyeinstein12 says...

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.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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Sianeka Sianeka says...

Both Tales from Earthsea and Spirited Away come from Studio Ghibli and don't disappoint in terms of production values - both are lavishly scored and richly animated.  These are GORGEOUS to view! Both have the same poignant feel.

If you liked Tales from the Earthsea with its protagonist seeking to run away from his dark inner cursed self, who ends up fighting at the edge of magic to save the world, then Spirited Away's Chihiro's quest to un-curse her parents and escape from the magical alternate realm where she is trapped should resonate with you.  And Chihiro's ultimate victory feels as successful as Aaren's redemption.

Both anime heroes each find support and assistance from a new friend who helps to strengthen their resolve and provides valuable clues toward overcoming all obstacles.

If you enjoyed watching either of these films, seeing the other will not disappoint!