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?
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 reminded me of Studio Ghibli's animation style, even if it is Gonzo's first animation movie. They both have sories that follow more or less the same lines, so if you're looking for an anime with the same feel as Laputa, Origin is a very good choice.
Laputa and Origin follow the exact same plot formula that contains a mystery girl found by an average boy, and the girl has something that unfortunately falls into the wrong hands. The only difference is that Laputa is older and more classic while Origin is newer and has more visual substance.
The bones of Origin and Laputa are initially identical: A story w/ strong environmental overtones about an average boy who finds mysterious girl, immediately becomes obsessed with her, and sets off on an adventure to discover secrets about the past and affect the future. That said, the meat (and heart) of the stories vary: In Origin- brilliant animation and fast-paced action sequences, in Laputa- charismatic characters with interesting relationships and deeper, more complex storytelling.
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…
Though the plots of both Porco Rosso and Laputa: Castle in the Sky are quite different, if you enjoyed one you may well like the other. Aside from both being masterpieces from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, both movies heavily feature sky pirates. With similarly loveable and humorous pirates, both films have a similar light hearted tone, though Laputa is generally more fantastical and serious.
In a world known as Soul Shell, floating islands are mankind’s only protection against falling into oblivion. The power of the song is able to heal wounds and create miracles; a power that the young Aurica can’t seem to master. After his ship crashes, Aurica finds herself in the company of Lyner, a fighter who desperately needs to return to what’s left of the sky. Together, the duo set out to find an engineer who can repair Lyner’s ship; but monsters are afoot! With shifty engineers and fire-breathing beasts in their way, can the two manage to stay alive?
Although one is a film and the other is barely 25 mins long, these two share some key central themes. Both worlds consist of lands on multiple levels - cities on the ground and in the air too, and both boast a boy-girl pairing for the adventures ahead, as well as flying craft, journeys of self-discovery, and some good ariel action scenes.
In both stories, the main boy & girl characters have a very innocent feel about them, but their desire to prove themselves and to protect their friends on their journeys of discovery will challenge their ability to remain so.
Interestingly, the two stories come at the 'floating islands' idea in slightly different ways - where one story tells of the search for a fabled floating city, the other concentrates more on how the main characters can return to their floating islands after falling from them at the beginning of the story. This allows the two to tell slightly different stories, but based around some of the same ideas, and the very fact that a lot of the action takes place in the air allows for some great action scenes in both cases.
Just be aware that Ar Tonelico, unlike Laputa, does not give any kind of closure to the story and is therefore widely seen as just an add-on to the popular PS2 game.
Both of these stories focus around someone that falls from the sky and into a different "world" that is close, yet far away, from their own. If you like the boy tries to save girl from a scary new world type stories, both of these should work well.
One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?
Both anime contain a journey to a different worlds and adventures within them. Although in "Cat Returns" no other people can visit the magical world, while in "Laputa" there are baddies from whom the main characters must run. Both anime contain alike jokes and the drawing style is amazing and almost the same.
In these movies main character is a girl with special ability, who is wanted to be possesed by some evil powers. Both have a friend to protect them and together they will encounter many problems and unexpected events. Those stories are set in lands, one would say, from fairy tale.
After robbing a casino and finding out the entire take was counterfeit, Lupin and Jigen are off to the duchy of Cagliostro to find the source of this trickery, and to stop it. Upon arrival, the two become entangled in a car chase between a woman in a wedding dress and several men in a black car. Before she is kidnapped, this woman passes off a ring to Lupin, a ring that sparks his interest more than counterfeit money ever could. Unfortunately for Lupin it also grabs the attention of those who want the ring back, and would kill him for it in a heartbeat.
These movies literally have a quick combination about girl princesses and boys rescuing them. Clarisse has a bad similarity with Sheeta, she is quiet, shy, innocent, and smart. While Sheeta is more of a sad puppy, Clarisse is more of a brave girly girl.
2 Miyazaki classics. While the stories and characters are very different. The films have a similar feel that makes them both really enjoyable