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?
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Mushi-shi was renowned in Japan for its elegant background and the same could be said for any of Hayao Miyasaki's works. Therefore if you are into anime for the detailed and beautifully-done artwork, and you enjoyed the slower moving pace of one, then look to the other.
In the sixteenth century, Esteban is a Spanish orphan who travels the seas with Mendoza - the man who saved him from dying in the midst of a storm, when Esteban was just a child. With Esteban in tow, Mendoza has set forth to the new world in search of the Mysterious Cities of Gold and riches beyond his wildest dreams - but all Esteban really wants is to search for the location of his father. The duo is also joined by the Incan girl Zia, as only she can translate the writings that will help lead them to the treasure. Mendoza, while seemingly caring, has ambiguous motives; though the intentions of Commander Gomez and Captain Gaspard are clear: find all of the gold that they can, and step on anyone that gets in their way...
I believe there is a strong chance that if you enjoyed Laputa: Castle in the Sky, you're certain to take great delight in the very similar venture Mysterious Cities of Gold (and vice versa).
In both, our heroine protects a magic pendant that leads them to the place of their birth. It acts not only as a protectant to the wearer, but a key/map towards finding and unlocking the ancient ruins forgotten so very long ago. Once found, the ruins are destroyed and the protagonists' once-antagonists-now-caretakers bring back their stash of treasure as our heroes leave them, flying off up into the sky.
Legends tell that whoever wears the Sea Crown will be called the King of the Sea. Phantom the pirate desires the treasure and will stop at nothing to acquire it, and to do so he must obtain a Manaphy egg; for it is said that the Manaphy knows the way to the Temple of the Sea, where the Sea Crown is held. With the help of a special Pokemon Ranger - a person dedicated to protecting Pokemon and nature - Ash, Brock, May and Max will try to keep the Manaphy safe and stop Phantom from carrying out his plans!
This particular Pokemon movie reminded me of Castle in the Sky, mostly because both involve people searching for some legendary anchient ruins that contain some sort of treasure. Both are family friendly movies that contain a mix of adventure and whimzy. Castle in the Sky is definately the better of the two, but if you like one, you will probably find at least some enjoyment in the other.
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
Both Laputa and Princess Mononoke are Miyazaki films and it shows; a lot of the themes are the same (nature, the greed and underhandedness of humans) and both have amazing animation sequences - dare I say, timeless.
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?
Tutu is a "metafairytale", while Castle in the Sky is a more standard adventure story, but the two do have similar feels. Both use literature as inspiration for their plots, have magical jewels with secrets, and feature strong female leads.