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...
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?
Both Princess Tutu and Howl's Moving Castle create worlds of magic and fantasy that allow for a similar feel. Though the prior anime grants greater attention to magic girls and epic ballet and the latter anime warrants more time to political and social commentary with a magical twist both still retain enough similar elements to be enjoyed by those with a taste for either. The somewhat plain and insecure female leads are both complemented similarly by tragic male leads; the characters' growth also feels close from an over arcing perspective. The course of each narrative feels familiar psychologically and emotionally, but different thematically, and aesthetically. Overall, I would suggest these two anime together to anyone who singularly enjoyed either Howl's Moving Castle or Princess Tutu.
In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
This anime and movie both leave you with such a good feeling after watching. The satisfaction of not left hanging, and having a proper resolution. The chracters have depth, and make you feel that you really know them. If you are an empathetic person you feel joy and sorrow from both of these anime.
Don't stall on these. I have watched many many anime series and I was deeply moved by both.
Life unfolds in the most unexpected places. Story of a Street Corner follows the bustling activities of a street corner, but not the ones you would expect. A hungry mouse, a moth desperately seeking the food caught in a spider’s web, and a love triangle unfolding between the posters lining the street are all depicted with an original musical score as the only sound.
Tales of a Street Corner gives a similar feeling to Howl's Moving Castle, probably because both movies show a fairytale-like reality that is suddenly hit by war. If you think that Howl's Moving is interesting, you should give Tales of Street Corner a try.
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
Juuni Kokki (The Twelve Kingdoms) is also about a fairly regular girl that finds herself thrown into a fantasy setting and swirled in all kinds of action. However, this is not the only reason - there are far too many anime about girls suddenly learning about being special. The main reason for me to recommend it is the setting where the events of Juuni Kokki take place.
It is a wonderful fantasy world built in Oriental cultural and philosophical traditions. One who enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle but couldn't get enough of it, should definitely get the time to see Twelve Kingdoms - 45 epidodes give so much more space to let all kinds of setting elements unfold beautifully before your eyes.