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.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
In the distant future, mankind has colonized the galaxy on a number of platforms known as islands, governed by a ruling class known as the Aristocrat Alliance. However, internal struggles for power lead to a bloody civil war, which eventually leads to both the creation of a much stricter order that calls itself the Holy Empire, and the exiling of the old royal family. Despite overwhelming losses and heavy numerical disadvantages, a rebellion continues even after the war comes to a close; the future continues to look bleak. Yet, when all hope seems lost, the last remnants of the royal family return with a mysterious "glass fleet," joining the rebels and turning the tides of battle once more.
Last exile and Glass fleet have a very simmilar feel to me, in terms of people trying to fulfill a dream, Cleo and the captain from last exile also have allmost the exact same feel. I beleive if you liked one you would like the other.
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
While these series vastly differ in terms of storyline and such, the similarities exist through the relationship of older characters to the younger. In both series, young characters struggle with the coming-of-age maturity required of them when being thrown into tough situations to determine the future. Much at the same time, the older generation of previous wars/struggles have to ride back up and finish what they started so many years ago.
These two shows have a lot more in common than is immediately apparent:
Feudal, warring states, a lost past, a special airship which acts as the centerpiece, a girl who holds an earth-shaking secret, and a protagonist who will struggle against entire empires to keep her safe.
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...
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.