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The responsible orphan 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...
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.
Both Spirited Away and Howl's take place in a fantasy world and are about a heroine who tries to overcome obstacles to help the ones she loves. Both series demonstrate a feeling of one's own independence and ability to do what you have to do to succeed.
Fantasy? Check. Magic? Check. Miyazaki's Magic Touch? Check. If you like the above then both Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away are for you. Both a good read and by nature of being film comics, you can experience the story in all its colourful glory.
In Air and Howl's Moving Castle there is a curse that plagues the main characters. In Howl's Moving Castle the main heroine turns into an old woman, while in the series Air the main heroine has wings to fly though an early death that awaits her. The main characters together find hope and love and magic.
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?
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.
Kagome was just a normal girl, until one day she fell into a well that brought her to feudal-era Japan. After encountering hordes of demons and discovering that she's the reincarnation of a priestess, Kagome must now journey to protect a sacred jewel from evil with the help of a half-demon named Inuyasha. Along the way they make many enemies and friends, and travel between the modern and feudal eras.
Howl’s Moving Castle and InuYasha are both about a young girl that gets caught up in a magical world of fantasy with cursed demons. There are encounters with strange creatures and demons along the way. Both series are more on the innocent side while the main characters try and cope while trying to find love.
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 Howl's and Princess Mononoke have a sense of hidden passion and mystery mixed in them. The hero and heroine try to battle the forces of evil together, and overcome the powers threatening them. Both movies are filled with magic and strange forces controlling the world in which the main characters live.