Although the worlds of heaven and earth used to exist as one, they are now seperated by the boundaries of time and space. As the towers of heaven begin to fall, Munto, the magical king, descends to earth in a seemingly futile attempt to find the chosen one who can stop the worlds from being destroyed.
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?
Laputa is not all that similar to Munto, but it does have some similar elements in it. The major ones being that Laputa also revolves around a floating island that has magical powers surrounding it, as well as having a young female protagonist who has the ability to help solve the crisis in the story, but is hesitant to.
So definitely check Laputa out if Munto was your cup of tea.
Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?
The year is 1969, and strange things are happening on Earth: a strange formation known as Brigadoon has appeared in the sky, and mysterious alien machines have begun to attack a seemingly ordinary orphan girl named Marin! Luckily for her, Marin finds an artifact which summons the alien Melan Blue to protect her – but there is more going on between Earth and Brigadoon than meets the eye. However there is more going on behind the scenes between Earth and Brigadoon. Along with a cast of quirky characters, Marin must get to the bottom of what’s going on, lest both Earth AND Brigadoon be destroyed forever!
Brigadoon and Munto both have plots that center on the collision of our world and another world in the sky. Munto is a light-hearted and sweet tale of a girl finding her purpose in the world by meeting someone from this other world. Brigadoon is similar in that the protagonist, a young girl, meets someone from the other world and finds her purpose in life, except it is significantly darker, filled with seemingly unending amounts of tragedy and loss. In addition to similarities in plot, both works also do a great job of showing the strength of human determination and the bonds people can form with others, with lessons of love, acceptance and perserverence present in both. Brigadoon: Marin to Melan has a great deal more to say and says it better due to it's length and quality, but Munto (no matter the version you watch, the OVAs, movies or TV series) still weaves a beautiful story. I highly, highly recommend one if you liked the other!
Legend has it that long ago, the god Gestalt rebelled against the supreme god Salsaroa, plunging the world into darkness. Years later, Olivier is a priest of a noteworthy church, who is determined to visit the land of "G", a place whose name cannot be spoken, to search for the fallen god. Along with a strange mute girl, he travels across the land, encountering dangerous enemies, and making powerful friends... all the while, trying to stay alive!
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.
Munto and Noein are masterfully directed features that exploit a similar premise for all it's worth. Both juggle parallel stories about the daily life of children and an otherworldly apocalyptic battle that, in lesser hands, would have collapsed under their own weight. The other selling point is the visuals. Both features are highlighted by stylized animation, lavish designs and excellent storyboarding.
If you're looking for something creative, both in plotting and design, Noein and Munto are for you.