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...
Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...
Howl's Moving Castle is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki so it has the same animation style and the same sense of magic and wonder and the same whimsical imagination.
Both of these are Ghibli masterpieces. Totoro is slower paced, but they are both amazing. If you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.
Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.
Origin: Spirits Of The Past and Howl's Moving Castle are both adventures where a person gets changed and another person helps them become normal again; in Origin a girl is woken up in the distant future, while in Howl's a girl is transformed into an old woman. They both are great and are a must see.
Both movies have the same general theme. In both Origine and Howl's moving castle there is a tale of romance and there are the same kind of absurd situations to gave the tale an extra dimention as well. In both movies there are spirits involved in some way and they have the same quality in animation as well. So if you want to watch another movie that has the same feel to it, you should give this one a try!
As London prepares for the first World Expo, the young Ray Steam receives a package containing the Steam Ball, a small and incredibly powerful engine containing hyper-pressurized steam. Developed by Ray’s father and grandfather in America under the supervision of (and funded by) the O’Hara Foundation, the Steam Ball could prove to be an asset to civilization or a great danger. But after Ray finds out that the Steam Ball must not fall into the O’Hara Foundation’s hands, he sets forth on a mission to keep the item safe and away from those who would use it to fuel a brutal war...
-Similar Elements of industrial revolution-era technological fantasy
-Similar graphical style
-Both Feature-length films
If you watched either of these movies and enjoyed their incredibly gorgeous animation, the other would definitely appeal to you. An additional similarity is their anti-war message.
Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
Howl's Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart are about girls who really have nothing going on in their lives. Then, a person comes into their lives and shows how them how truly great they can be. They are both cute Studio Ghibli films.
Even though WotH is purely a love story, creative minds that enjoyed HMC will still appreciate the creativity and beautiful animation that Studio Ghibli always brings to the table.
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.
I love love stories :) Not simple romantic stuff, but those stories, which leave creeps after viewing.
The both movies left that great feeling, so after watching you could say "Oh! That was a really cool stuff!!"
Well, if you love love stories as do I, and you liked one of these movies, you know what to do with the other one ;)