The responsible orphan 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...
Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.
Both Kiki and Howl are tremendous flights of fantasy by Studio Ghibli. In both stories the female character will learn more about herself and the world around her. Kiki must persist to become a success, while Sophie in Howl it must find a way to become young once again. Along the way they both will meet some pretty interesting characters -both films share in common a comical & wise-cracking sidekick for example.
Some wonderful and breathtaking scenes such as some of the flying scenes in Kiki and the wide open meadows in Howl add to the real sense of magic in both these films. But athough both worlds look inviting, there are lessons to be learnt for Kiki and strong forces to oppose for Howl and Sophie, and lasting freindships to be made.
If you liked this because of unusual view of life, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both contain love, kindness and magic. Although Kiki is more childish and not so developed.
Each of these series focus around magic, although in completely different aspects. Each series has a character being to "lose themselves" before "finding themselves." Also, each title has a similar feel, directing style, music, and artwork which means if you liked one of these series, you'll probably enjoy the other,
Many years ago, sea plane pilot Marco Paggot was placed under a curse which transformed his face into that of a pig. Now, he lives a solitary life as the renowned Porco Rosso and rules the skies of the Adriatic protecting civilians from sea plane pirates. One day however, Marco meets an ace American fighter pilot, Donald Curtis, and the pair immediately clash leaving his plane a wreck. But when Curtis discovers that Marco survived his previous attack, he’s determined to have his victory and makes the gruff pilot an offer he can’t refuse…
A sad tale lies behind the eyes of both lead characters in Howl & Porco Rosso. Both have suffered in the past and seem to really feel awkward and uncomfortable in the modern world and they try to find their place within it. They will both soon discover, however, that actions can be more truthful than appearances, and that friends and maybe even true love can be found by anyone, especially if they are kind of heart and thought.
Two wonderful tales, some stunning visuals and a good dose of action make these both delightful films that should not be missed.
Ghibli films are always pervaded with innocence, but Porco Rosso and Howl's Moving Castle are perhaps the most romantic in the classical sense. They are set in quaint, small town Europe and they feature young women falling in love and subsequently melting away the detachment in the heroes.
Fanciful imaginings of inherently romantic ideas, valor among sea pilots in the Adriatic in Porco Rosso, and a womanizing wizard missing his heart in Howl's Moving Castle, are set with the signature purity Ghibli gives all its stories and characters. Swoon away.
Both heroisms, but one monster, one pig. Have to say there's some kind of similarity between those two!
Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.
Both Air and Howl's Moving Castle deal with main characters who attempt to overcome a curse, and strive for a life filled with love. The main characters help each other out in any way they can, while trying to prevail over the destiny that has befallen them.
In Air Movie and Howl's Moving Castle, the male protagonists are presented as "heartless" in a sense that either they have no desire to or do not have the capacity to love. Also, both anime revolve around the idea that love does change people and that it does come hand in hand with sacrifice. Animation-wise, both have a similar overall feel which can be described as a dreamy, somewhat surreal atmosphere.
Many centuries into the future, humans live as part of the Fractale system, a computer program that moderates their activity to ensure a free and peaceful existence. But while life is indeed comfortable, the cost of growing up in virtual reality communities filled with holographic people called 'doppels' means that it can also get lonely. For Clain living estranged from his parents, adventure finally knocks when he rescues a mysterious girl called Phryne, who appears to be on the run. She spends only a short time with him before hurriedly moving on but leaves behind an unexpected gift: the curious and frustratingly whimsical doppel called Nessa! As Clain learns to adjust to his new friend and survive the scrapes she gets him into, he discovers that she and Phryne are at the heart of a great conspiracy. If he is ever to gain a sense of purpose, Clain will have to leave his comfortable existence and challenge the only thing he has ever known, the Fractale system itself.
These titles each have a very similar pacing and feel to them. Going from little happening to intense action and back in no time. Also, the artwork in each seems to be rather similar.
Both of these sort of have the concept of someone who is alone and bored, and although they are generally content with (making hats, playing with antique electronics) their life is totally changed after they meet (howl, phryne).
It follows too that a host of characters start becoming interested in the main character after the initial meeting.
There is also the idea of trying to hide everything that's going on from their families and friends.
With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...
Both stories present love but mostly, they are about the evils of war - of how lives are lost, hearts are broken and how people sink into despair. But they're also about hope and learning to cope. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
These movies each have very strong anti-war sentiments throughout and focus on people doing what they can to get through those times.