Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo and Laputa revolve around a girl with a special stone, key to unlocking the sacred world, who befriends a boy and travel to/through the world while getting chased. Besides the plot, the sacred world is filled with mysterious beings and lush scenery. If you were enticed by the mood and enjoyment of one, watch the other.
Laputa and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo both have similar plots at the beginning but they deviate towards the middle: Laputa the enemy wishes to gain ultimate power but the 'misguided enemy' in Hoshi wishes to use power to return his loved one. Both contain elements of mythology and incorporate myths from different lands. The characters in both are likeable: Asuna in Hoshi is slightly more independent than Sheeta in Laputa and Pazu (Laputa) is not as serious as Shin (Hoshi).
Hoshi is an amalgamation of different stories and if you've seen Laputa or other Ghiblies before watching Hoshi you will probably find yourself thinking you've seen a scene before. Laputa is a classic which is reinvented in Hoshi however the original version is still as loveable and should be seen at least once!
I think that both these films have similar sort of elements as both are about a girl who discovers a forgotten and sceret world. This girl must aso go through many difficult and magical obstacles to achive some thing great.
While watching Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, the characters and style reminded me of Laputa. There are points in the movie where Asuna reminded me of Sheeta, and Ryuuji made me think of Muska. The plot of the movies also have some similarity: they both involve a girl with a mysterious stone who ends up on a grand adventure traveling to, and through, a mysterious location.
The Studio Ghibli classic Castle in the Sky and Makoto Shinkai's wonderful Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below share a similar tone and pace. Both stories center around a teenage boy and girl and a search for a lost land and legendary treasures. One story leads to a land lost in the clouds, while the other leads to world hidden in the earth. There are also environmentalist messages inherent in the films. Both have a timeless quality about them, and can be enjoyed by both young and old, as well as anime newcomers and veterans.
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.
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.
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 Princess Mononoke (PM) and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (HOK) have elements of mythology. In PM the "Gods" exist in our world and try to stop the humans from destroying nature but in HOK the gods existed in our world but went to the 'underworld' in order to protect it from us. There are many scenes in PM and HOK which are very similar and the main male lead in both is exiled from his home (Shin in HOK and Ashitaka in PM). The animation styles are also similar with the characters resembling each other and the landscape scenes are equally beautiful.If you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other however the characters in HOK are not as strong as in PM.
Part Princess Mononoke, part Laputa, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is beautiful, philosophical, and incredibly deep. In both Mononoke and Hoshi, the protagonist adventures into the unknown, encounters mythical beasts and learns about the importance of the balance between life and death. Hoshi may not technically be a Miazaki, but it is so similar that it's hard to tell. Both movies are masterpieces and if you appreciated one, you will definitely enjoy the other.
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.
The similarities between Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo and Spirited Away are endless. Each movie revolves around a young girl venturing into a world of unknown fantasy. Hoshi and Spirited both create a vivid world for our young protagonist to explore. Vibrant colors and breath-taking scenery illuminate both films. If you love the adventure of exploring another world and a captivating story, then try out both movies.
I would recommend you to watch spirited away if you liked this because both of the girls found a way to the world of the dead and went through alot of trouble. They were both very courageous heroines who overcame their fears. I felt that both of the heroines liked a boy withen the story, but both of them were out of her reach
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.