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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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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?

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Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
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Laputa: Castle in the Sky FalseDawn 9.5/10 Oct 16, 2008
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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
  • Movie (1 ep x 118 min)
  • 2004

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...

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It has the same elements such as the obvious traveling castle, baddies becoming helpful, and whimsical-like characters. Howl's Moving Castle and Laputa are from the same director and studio and they definitely give the same feel, the ending was incredibly fulfilling as well. Howl's Moving Castle is more new and thus has better animation; it was very enjoyable.


They both have moving castles! But aside from that both anime share a very distinct similar feeling and setting. Both are set in fantasy worlds that mix retro technology elements with fantastic elements unseen in our world. Both also focused on airships. Due to the similar atmosphere and feel-good storytelling, both are fantastic fantasy rides; and if you enjoyed one, the chances that you'll enjoy the other are very high!


Both Laputa and Howl's are made by the same man, Hayao Miyazaki. Both contain elaborate scenes and stories with amazing gadgets and machines. The characters are well made. In both stories there is a sense of adventure, romance, and action that anyone can enjoy.


As Howl's and Laputa are from the same creator, some of the scenery likeness is obvious. Both are a heartfelt story of a young female protagonist who must work through her unfortunate circumstances with few allies. The castles in both are also imaginative technical creations. You shouldn't be disappointed if you liked one and have yet to see the other.


Both of these Miyazaki films feature castles as part of the plot, a European-like fantasy setting, and a story driven by the bond between two characters. If you've seen one and haven't seen the other yet, I definitely recommend you check it out!


Castle in the Sky seems to be directed more towards a younger audience than Howl's Moving Castle, which has a more direct relationship between the main characters. Both deal with magic and moving islands, and have a very entertaining quality that is shared in the action and adventure the main characters partake in.


Both Laputa and Howl's are by the same author and have the name 'castle'. Except, one of them was in the sky, and the other walks. I don't remember everything about Moving Castle, but it was a lot like 'Castle in the Sky'.


Both Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle are similar in their theme and story telling... And yes, also in the fact that they both have Castles. However there is so much more to both of them. But the similarities lie in the telling of the story. Each has a story about a girl destined for great things. And it's not surprising as it is a common theme in movies directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki.The artwork and beauty of these movies is easily appreciated when you see the world around the characters. These type of movies are almost spiritual and always leaves the view in a state of ease.


Both movies have the same director, and both are about castles, even some characters are very allike to to those, in the other movie, at such level, that it is rather difficult to say which one is better. My recomendation is to see them both.


Laputa and Howl's are very similar. Plot of both movies take place in "steampunk" world, gives you heartwarming feeling and revolve around relationship between main charakters and mystery past of one of them. If you liked one movie, you'll love the other one.


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.


These two movies are set in other than ours words. What's more, they share the same atmosphere and quite similar characters, but more importantly, there are many flying vehicles in both of them.


Both Laputa and Howl are about finding a castle. They are both hard to find and the main characters needs help finding the castle. Also, when the characters get there, the castle needs their help (Howl needs Sophie and Laputa needs to be protected from the invaders).


Howl's Moving Castle is very related to Castle in the Sky. They have romance, action, drama, comedy, and of course friendship. But Castle in the Sky's different, the main characters are little kids while the characters in Howl's Moving Castle are mainly young adults. So yeah, Howl's Moving Castle has a totally different romance.


Each of these series, being made by the same company, have a lot ion common, ranging from artwork, to the feel and tone of the story, to the characters in the story. If you like one movie, the other one should be right up your alley.


They both involve powerful war officials using magic or super powers to aid them in completing their evil scheme. Also, they are both made by the same studio.


Whilst lacking the innocence and mystery of Laputa, Howl's is a very similar and more modern affair, if a little heavy on reliance on star voice actors.

Last Exile

Last Exile

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.

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Sharing a great interest in flight and the technology of aircraft, the titles of Last EXILE and Laputa both refer to ancient flying fortresses, left over from a forgotten civilisation, that are hidden in an impenetrable storm. Finding this becomes the quest of the protagonist, to prove their deceased father right, but other more sinister characters have different goals. While the basic plot is remarkably similar, it is worth pointing out that the feel of Last EXILE's modern, cg enhanced animation is very different to the hand drawn attention to detail in Laputa.
You may enjoy this for some similar ideas in style and alternative technology.

Last Exile, just like Laputa, takes place in a world mostly based in the air. Last Exile is beautifully animated and has a very well-done English dub. I really liked Last Exile and I'm pretty sure that if you enjoyed Laputa you'll enjoy this Last Exile as well.


Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Last Exile are both set in a retro-futuristic world. Castle in the Sky is also a steampunk anime. In Last Exile, on the other hand, coal is not the main source of energy, yet some elements in the setting and the general atmosphere of the anime bear resemblance to steampunk.


It is actually scary how much Last Exile and Laputa are alike. Both take place primarily in the air, and have a young boy and girl who set out to discover the truth about some mystical castle/air stream. In both cases the boy's primary reason for trying to do this is due to his father. And of course in both anime they have the usual baddies after them in giant airships.

Yet the way the stories are told, the outcome, and the central plot are really different. The settings are the same, and you will probably like one if you like the other. But due to the different plots and storytelling you'll be surprised by both and you won't feel like you're watching the same thing over again.


Those two steam punk anime are similar from both the plot point of view and the character designs. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other one too.


Both Last Exile and Laputa are "Flight" anime, involving airships and biplanes, and they generally follow a similar premise: flyboy + mysterious girl + unknown past.


Both Laputa and Last Exile take place in fantasy worlds in which air ships and legends control the skies and all below them. Last Exile has more characters and is more visually complex than Laputa, but for a now-older movie Laputa's animation is beautiful as well. In both, we follow a teenage boy and girl as they make friends, allies, and enemies in an effort to learn about and affect their mysterious worlds.


Last Exile and Laputa share a similar world concept, similar story concepts and even some other random things that make you stop and think "hey, that's just like..."  And while at a glance this would make the much newer Last Exile seem like a rip-off, they are actually so different in other ways that such a claim just can't stick.Both are based in a retro-future type setting heavily focused on airships, with the common goal of seeking out a mysterious floating castle.  But Laputa takes a lighter and sometimes comedic approach, while Last Exile presents itself as a serious story.  Both are very well made, with interesting and detailed worlds, endearing characters, and enthralling stories.


Both of these anime take place almost exclusively in the sky, and involve the search for an ancient, flying treasure. With interesting flying technology, and airship battles, the anime are very similar. Both also involve a young girl as the catalyst for finding the ancient treasure/fortress, and a young boy who flies in the memory of his father.

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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
  • Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
  • 1984

One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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It is in the Ghibli films Nausicaa, Laputa and Porco that Mikiyazi gives most time to one of his main passions: flying machines (even the name Ghibli is taken from a WWII aircraft). He directed all three himself, and they have some absolutely breathtaking aerial sequences. Beyond this, they share the same high production values, and display pacifistic ideals. Highly recommended.

Both fantasy films were made by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, and have the same kind of optimism. In Laputa, the main character is trying to find out about her heritage. In Nausicaa, the main character is trying to save her kingdom.


I didn't like this one nearly as much, but it is very comparible. I can't say too much that is not a give away, but its definately of a similar style.

SPOILER: That fox with Nausicaa, also appears in this movie too!


Similar animes from the high quality studio Ghibli. Both involves flying to certain extent with a good solid storyline.


If you enjoyed Nausicaa, one perfect choice would be Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Both Nausicaa's and Laputa's story has to do with the concept of flight, whether it be machine-related or nature-related. Both have lush background artwork, overall exceptional animation quality, and similar character designs. Also, both movies show the main characters trying to fight for an underappreciated things and places. The way people learn to understand and accept the things they're unfamiliar with is also very much present in both movies. And of course, both are done by the same studio, Studio Ghibli, and are directed by the same legendary anime director/visionary, Hayao Miyazaki.


Both Nausicaa and Castle in the Sky are more grounded in the physical world than some of studio ghibli's other works (Spirited Away). That's the main reason these get reverse recommendations. Also, if you like both of these, it'd be good to check out the rest of the movies by Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki. They're all good but I'd say Nausicaa and Castle in the Sky are my favorites and have the most in common.


Both of the animes has a very similar feeling. In contrast to the others of Hayao Miyazakis films (except Princess Mononoke) these two are quite epic.


Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind share a sovereign female protagonist trying to protect something dear over the course of the stories. Both carry the concept of flight; artificial and natural, as well as the concept that human interference ruins worlds. The fact they are made by the same legendary director and have a similar animation style just pile on top of the reasons that anyone that has seen either will like both.

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
  • Movie (1 ep x 116 min)
  • 2011

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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! 


Part Laputa, part Princess Mononoke, Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo is beautiful, philosophical, and incredibly deep.  The movies are very similar in their adventure, discovery of strange places, and obtaining an understanding of life and one's place in it.  Hoshi may not technically be a Miazaki movie, but it might as well be.


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.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

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.

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Well, despite comming from the same studio (Ghibli), looking about the same animation-wise, and being must-watch for all anime fans, these series have tons of similarities. They are fantastical adventures wich tells beutiful tales of love and friendship, set in awesome fantasy worlds. If you like Spirited Away, you cannot possibly not like Castle in the sky.

Well aside from them being from the same studio, both Spirited Away and Laputa have the same atmosphere and feeling to them. You might even recognize some of the same characters (not literally the same, but drawn in a very similar way). Both also have the wonderful sweet turning of hearts, bad guys who turn out to be good guys, and more. Basically if you love the atmosphere of either one of these movies you will love the other one as well.


Both Spirited Away and Laputa have a more child-like quality about them.  The blossoming love between the two main characters is seen as being more innocent than in others.  The two characters have to work together in an adventure of their lives.


Though made fifteen apart, both of these movies are visually impressive and full of Ghibli whimsy. Stories of (sometimes surprising) friendship, trust, and adventure for all ages, "Laputa" and "Spirited Away," are fun, sweet, and have underlying messages about power and the environment.


Laputa and Spirited Away tells the story of children on adventure, with the similarity in that both have female protagonists. Both anime emphasises on the value of friendship and trust. While Spirited Away shows a more mystical journey, Laputa has a futuristic/steampunk setting.

Two wonderful anime from Studio Ghibli. If you like one and you'll LOVE the other.


These movies both have a mixture of magic, artwork, and the general pace of the story that brings them so close to one another that I can't imagine a person loving one and not at least liking the other.