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...
In a far-off galaxy, there exists a world much the same as Earth. Save for blue skin, the people are near identical - especially with their taste for rockin' dance music. When a strange alien abduction craft lands on the planet to steal their most popular band, however, all hope seems lost. With their story told entirely via Daft Punk's album Discovery, join The Crescendolls in a journey to rediscover both themselves and their music in a galaxy millions of light years away from home.
A touch of childhood innocence, a dash of cheesy storyline, then add in some excellent animation. Some would say these movies have very little in common, but I say those are the words of someone looking at them through the eyes of an adult. You have to embrace that little child inside of you to enjoy either one, and if you do that... you will enjoy the other.
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Call this a bit of a gut feeling. Storywise I don't see that many similarities, although both deal with young people going through a great deal, and discovering their place in the world.
Why then do I think if you like Last Exile would you like Howls Moving Castle or visa versa? Because of the atmosphere in both anime. Despite their different plots and styles, both have this feel good atmosphere and a struggle of young kids trying to make it.
Both are set in two fantasy, almost fairytale-like, worlds. And in both settings these worlds are threatened by war (which is actually fought out in both in giant airships). None of the main characters in both anime wants to get involved, but somehow play pivotal roles in the eventual development of everything surrounding them, including the war. The characters must discover the truth behind the more obvious reasons.
Alice is a preteen girl who believes in magic, much to the dismay of her parents and peers. But when she finds herself transported into a dreamlike world filled with magic, forest sprites, and witches, she finds out that magic is sometimes not all it’s cracked up to be. The witches of this world must capture forest sprites for use in casting their spells, and magical hierarchy dictates that those at the bottom must compete to get to the top. Dream or not, Alice must use her positive attitude to show these witches that magic should be used to spread happiness, first and foremost!
I think Howl and Arusu would appeal to the same audience. Their settings feel very similar, (a magical but still fairly mechanically advanced civilization), as does the atmosphere and a couple of the characters. Both ooze charm.
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...
Nerawareta Gakuen reminds me of Howl because they are both about the future of mankind, the consequences of our deeds and its affects on the Earth.
Both include supernatural elements and capable and strong characters.
I have never seen anything more beautiful than Nerawareta Gakuen. Fans of Howl will find it more serious but they both are worth watching.