Howl's Moving Castle - Recommendations

Alt title: Howl no Ugoku Shiro

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

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.

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kaylb kaylb says...

Both anime are produced by Miyazaki, and both have that mythical fantasy feel to them.  While Spirited Away is more for kids, Howl's Moving Castle can be enjoyed by children and young adults alike.

sothis sothis says...

Regardless of the fact that these are both made by Studio Ghibli, both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have a similar fantasy feel that many other Ghibli movies do not share. Each is filled with cute creatures, magic, and mayhem that will delight you. I liked Spirited Away a lot more, but Howl's is also good (if not a bit vacant in story).

Asgorath Asgorath says...

It's actually a bit of a too obvious of a connection between Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away; both stories deal with a young girl who gets catapulted into a series of supernatural events against her own wishes. And in both movies they have to learn to become responsible (although Sophie already seems to have learned that) and discover what their lives are about.

Both learn that through hard work, dedication and love they can find their true path in life. Basically both stories have many similarities in trying to showcase the learning and growing up process of the main female character.

Both movies being Studio Ghibli also means the atmosphere and animation style is very closely related. The mystical creatures, the magic, the odd ball characters and the feel-good fairytale atmosphere are exceptionally identical in both.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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 movies demonstrate a feeling of one's own independence and ability to do what you have to do to succeed.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are visually stunning experiences with a strong surreal underpinning behind coming of age narratives. In both movies a magical world unfolds before bewildered young heroines who must claim a new position within apparent chaos. Spirited Away is more hectic and upbeat while Howl's focus on darker themes such as war and violence. Yet both invoke the same spirit of beautiful natural scenes rendered sublime by Miyazaki's unique style.

MonkeyZerg MonkeyZerg says...

It is to Studio Ghibli's credit that I find it hard to search out other anime that aren't in Miyazaki's sphere to recommend here. Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are very different yet share great strengths, whether it is in fantasy story-telling, beautiful animation, or very involving characters.

Both of these films focus on a strong heroine, and a complex male counterpart, giving study to themes of struggle, love, and relationships in intricate and fantastically-developed settings and plots. Both are of the highest quality anime filmmaking out there, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending both of them to even the non-anime film fans that I know.

They are a joy to watch with the whole family.

gokud gokud says...

The animation is the same in Howl's and Spirited Away; I believe it was done by the same artist.

Well anyways, if you liked one you will like the other because the story line is basically the same.

yuujin yuujin says...

A magical world with unseen creatures, spells, dragons, and wizards - that's what "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Castle" are all about. They are drawn in an amazing style with beautiful backgrounds, and are very fun.

tasanime tasanime says...

These beautifully animated films are a magical display of Hayao Miyazaki's fine ability as a director; both are fantasy-based tales of courage, love and personal journeys - if you're a fan of one, then it is without a doubt that you will love the other.

ZenithAstrali ZenithAstrali says...

Both Howl's and Spirited Away share the same style, animation and character design, as both are works of Hayao Miyazaki. They are entertaining and keep you in suspense from beginning until end. Each is a story about a simple girl who enters the world of magic, a cute young wizard, evil witches and mysterious characters that come and help along the way.

tuff2baunicorn tuff2baunicorn says...

Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle take you on a journey into a magical and surprising world full of love, challenge and surprise! Both movies are beautiful, imaginative and are filled with unique characters who will steal your heart.

LadyRelm LadyRelm says...

Both Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away were made by Studio Ghibli, and their amazing art and storylines never seem to fade.  These movies are both are fantasy-based and have a variety of strange creatures. They each follow the story of a young girl who must deal with a sudden and very large change in her life that she has to overcome with the help of anyone and everyone she comes across. If you liked one, you'll like the other.

caitlin caitlin says...

Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle offer tales of young girls getting caught up in the world of magic, working for mystical beings, and still managing to find love among it all. To top it off, both were produced by the same studio, and both offer the same beautiful animation styles.

tjhooker tjhooker says...

Both of these "fish-out-of-water" movies center around average and everyday girls who wind up in fantastic magical worlds, in which everything seems out of their control. Both girls find adventure, tragedy, love, and a happy ending.

lovepink lovepink says...

In both movies, Miyazaki Hayao does a great job in creating a magical and fantastic universe where dreams and reality intermingle. Plus the heroes are cute. =)

dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

In both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, the lead character is a young girl who must find her way in unfamiliar surroundings, and rise against the odds to triumph over the curse that has been placed on them or their familiy. For Chihiro in Spirited Away that means finding her way home and finding a way to help her parents, and for Sophie in Howl it means finding out how to reverse the curse that has been put on her.

These Studio Ghibli films have a dark side to them too - some of the characters are indeed very menacing (the universe is filled with wonderful, weird and charming creatures in both films) and the story itself in both cases is well thought through and deep - there is much more to tell here than just a couple of simple fairy tales.

argona argona says...

A girl sets footsteps in a world full of magic and mystery!she has to face her deepest fears and become who she realy is and only then she can protect her loved ones and find her way through the chaos!both masterpieces done by miyazaki sensei portraiting the damage of wars and humans destructive powers to the nature in a bueatiful fantasy world reminding us to take a better care of the world we are leaving in!

Nomadichu Nomadichu says...

Like to get whisked away into a world where anything goes, where magic rules the land and the fight against right and wrong, good and evil is present? well either of these anime are a great choice for you.

Kejell Kejell says...

The age-old theme of being transported into an exciting and different world where the protagonist is the centre of attention is very present in many of Miyazakis' films, including these two. Both share the same overwhelming sensation of pure uncontrolled imagination being unleashed on the viewer.

ace52387 ace52387 says...

Howl's Moving Castle feels like it's cut from the same inspiration that created Spirited Away. They both have a gentle approach to villains, little cute companions there for token purposes, an imaginative and whimsical setting, but most importantly, a show stealing female lead. If what you loved about either of these movies is the triumph of a heroine taken completely out of her natural element or the sugary sweet romance that's so typical of Ghibli, then the other will deliver your fix.

Redfoxx Redfoxx says...

Both of these Anime share the story of a young girl on a grand adventure to discover something about themselves. Along the way they make friends and enemies, and sometimes even turn their enemies into friends!

AnonymousApathy AnonymousApathy says...

Both movies are about relatively normal girls who get caught up in the world of the extraordinary/supernatural and have to rely on a mysterious magical stranger for help and guidance.

chamomille chamomille says...

If you liked this because of unusual view of life, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both contain magic. Both start with curse and end with love.

TropicalMist TropicalMist says...

These two movies both start with the concept of a normal girl being warped into a different universe they never knew.

Both these movies are my favourite anime movies and I think the reason is because they both have such interesting plot lines that never take away from the main story line. The endings are realistic and the even though the story has no real theme or certain idea, the ride is well worth it.

The character developement is also very evident in each film. You can see how each of the females grow because of their companionship.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle both follow a female protagonist struggling to reverse a metamorphosis. Both films are magical pieces that are amazingly imaginative featuring dragons, witches and animated objects. And both are very enjoyable. Spirited Away is a bit more of an adventure story while Howl's Moving Castle is a bit more romantic but if you like one you'll probably like the other.

LadyL333 LadyL333 says...

Both movies are by the same director, the animation style is the same, and both are a lot of fun. If you like one your probibly going to like the other. Although the story lines are very diffrent the both revolve around a young girls trying to make thier way agenst huge odds.

kilrothi kilrothi says...

Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle depart from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's normal focus on nature. Though both follow a yound girl as the main character as she moves through a new, enchanting world, viewers may find the reactions Castle's Sophie to be more bearable, as her older age makes her more mature and resourceful.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Both anime tell a story about young girls who were forced to the other world. Both main characters are in love in "boy" that helped them and turned out to be a dragon/mage. There are many similarities about these anime. They are great anime to watch with whole family and enjoy it. Good for all ages.

LLORAtheLLAMA LLORAtheLLAMA says...

Both Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away have the magic and fantasy feel. They involved girls who are trying to get rid of a curse which are placed on them or on the ones they love.

They are both Hayao Miyazaki films and are created by the same studio, Studio Ghibli, which promises the same art style in both.

Kiaso Kiaso says...

I loved both these movies. I am a new fan of studio Ghilbi movies. Both movies have a hint of romance but it in no way shadows the overall story. Both are about finding the strengths and qualities within yourself which is apparent to others around you. They both have the fantasy and magical appeal. If you like animes with a great plot and slight but not overwhelming romance then you will love both these movies.

backspace2021 backspace2021 says...

Miyazaki, as writer and director of many of his own movies, always takes you on an adventure, but, in these two movies, you will find that you are swept away to a completely new world, filled with magic, and new things to explore.

AkiNoHoshi AkiNoHoshi says...

These two movies, both by Miyazaki, are amazing. The art is stunning and morals are learned while the audience still has a lot of fun. The storyline is also consuming, so you're never left wondering "how much longer till this is over?".

foureyedalice foureyedalice says...

"Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle" feature shy and insecure "every girl" female protagonists who find inner strength and moxie after being thrust into extraordinary magical situations/lands. Stunning animation and complicated, endearing characters drive both of these classic Ghibli tales of growing up, growing old, and friendship.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

Both of these films belong to the Studio Ghibli collection and this alone should make you enjoy the films. However, what makes these two films ideal for watching it the brilliance in the storytelling and the searching to find a way to remove the curse that is in place. The sheer brilliance of the films artistic nature and stunning soundtrack will make you enjoy both of them thoroughly.

SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

I think that the best reason for recommending is that both of these animes come from the same studio: Ghibi and tha same director who's been praised with the academy award. Both are touching stories that you can watch even with small kids. What is more both are great to cheer you up on a clody day. I racommend you this with all my heart:)

EliasN EliasN says...

The two films have a very similar feeling and animations. Both are very surreal and they have a "feel good" style.

Howlingwar Howlingwar says...

Both animes have a fusion of humor and magic. The main characters walk into a door/portal and the have figure out how to free their loved ones.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Howl's Moving Caslte and Spirited Away have a heavy sense of magical escapism about them. Both share a slightly more light-hearted feeling to them whilst managing to mix in a good amount of drama. Both also have romantic overtones, moreso in Howl. If you liked the tone of one then definitely check out the other.

miyahiya miyahiya says...

First of all they are both anime movies from studio ghibli, meaning they both have that sort of magical, fantasy kind of movie, also have both have quite a good plot and are both anime movies that i would denfinitely recomend watching.

tsurugiayame tsurugiayame says...

because both are from magic worlds. The bad guys are in both cases sort of cute and minor characters are so sophisticated in both character and animation ways. 

CrazyAce01 CrazyAce01 says...

For starters, both movies are by Studio Ghibli and share the same fantastic art style, using flowing characters and meticulously detailed backgrounds, as well as great musical scores. They are both simply a joy to watch come alive.

Each casts the lead role as a girl who goes on a journey of self-discovery through some supernatural conflicts.  Chihiro, the protagonist in Spirited Away, is much more selfish and irresponsible initially, while Sophie is quite responsible but lacking in personality and self-confidence, but both are forced to face these shortcomings and grow as a result.

They also have male leads that, while relatively powerful, are tied down by events which prevent them from having true freedom in life. The movies  show how they attempt to overcome this situation.

Both anime have their more frightening portions but are completely family friendly. They are also both excellent quality movies in general. If you loved one you will like the other.

StardustAngel StardustAngel says...

These two movies are very similar. The ideas are almost like a copy of each other! One week after I had seen Spirited Away, I saw Howl's Moving Castle, and yet I was amazed by it! They made me realize what love truly means!

SarangChihinoke SarangChihinoke says...

Both the main characters seek help or get help from the other main character in order to get a curse lifted from either them or someone in their family. The main difference is that in Spirited Away, Haku knew Chihiro, but in Howl's Moving Castle they are just meeting each other (unless you count the time when Sophie goes back in time and sees Howl).

Hiryukun Hiryukun says...

Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Both anime have the same art style and similar story about a girl who goes on a journey full of fantasy and magic. If you enjoyed one of the movies, you'll like the other.

animerules201 animerules201 says...

Magical movies that take you to another place...! It's breath taking and dramatic! Both have good actors/actresses and both have a good plot. The animation is great! So, you better watch!

DeletedProfile DeletedProfile says...

If you like Spirited away you'll like Howl and vice versa.

Both of them are made by magical movie artist hayao miyazaki and both of them are masterpieces and one of a kind stories.

No questions about that.

eaper eaper says...

Each show, being done by Ghibli, have many similarities ranging from the artwork to the music to the mood of the series. Each being steeped in fantasy and magic, a girl comes to find love without realizing it and making a lot of friends along the way. Beyond this, many other similarities exist, but it would be more effective to just say if you liked one, you'll love the other.

thesonicfan21 thesonicfan21 says...

Howl's Moving Castle is pretty much a grown-up version of Spirited Away; even though it's not. They're both pretty much have about the same likeness (even though some people say that Howl's Moving Castle is better than Spirited Away) and they're both by the same director, Hayou Miyazaki. They both have dream-like qualities of young girls expeirencing strange things, and coming of age and learning the life of growing up of nature. They're both great movies and pretty much have about the same genre(s): Supernatural, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance. But Howl's Moving Castle has Comedy, Action while Spirited Away mostly has Mystery. Spirited Away seems to have no action at all, and Howl's Moving Castle will show a little bit of Mystery every once in a while.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

All of Myiazaki's movies are great, but 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' have most in common considering their warmth, and the way they (unlike most of his films) have no signs of environmentalism, but simply have beautiful stories.

Raven420 Raven420 says...

Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away are both written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. They both have a somewhat fantasy like feel to them and have that special something that's hard to describe but makes watching them a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Vague Vague says...

Many have made this recommendation and rightfully so. Both movies are from the magnificent Studio Ghibli and feature beautiful animation, creative characters and fascinating storylines. Love one, love the other.

Marethyu Marethyu says...

Drawn in the same style they both are really animated animes, there are many little movements and details that make the anime looks just sooo REAL! And they both come from the same anime-maker.

adinaonar adinaonar says...

Miyazaki movie....enough said.

If you haven't watched this yet and have seen Howl's Moving Castle, you are in for yet another great movie whose theme is wrapped up in wonderfully written and animated adventure that truely solidifies the theme. You can't help but fall in love with the characters, the story, and the superby animated lands.

Theta Theta says...

Besides the stellar Studio Ghibli quaity, these anime share elements of magic, fantasy, and anthropomorphism.

HoloChan HoloChan says...

<3

Any Studio Ghibli movie is amazing, but these two are are at the top of the list. They are both phenomenal! 

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

Both are Ghibli masterpieces that turn what looks like a boring everyday occurance into something that go beyond your dreams. I cannot praise either of these highly enough. If you enjoyed one, then it is very likely you will feel the same about the other. 

Thrawn Thrawn says...

The heroine is taken to a fantastical- Fantasy world where magic affects them or those around them, creating a reason to go on a journey to turn things back to normal. The journey changes them and the changes resonate to those around them, changing lives and creating events that challenge them to become better and stronger. And aside from being family friendly and by the same studio, both are absolutely gorgeous and must watches!

PhantomAR PhantomAR says...

Both keep you stunned and in awe throughout the movie. Miyazaki. Just Miyazaki man! The animation the music the story everything that he put into this leaves you sweet essence of magic in the air.And for the more mature topics it leaves you with deep but simple thoughts about human relationships/hardships and interaction with beautiful nature. 

totobaci totobaci says...

Similarities:

  • MC   -   A curious girl wich is trown into a new scenario where she has to work in order to "survive"
  • Story   -   The MC departs on adventure getting with all sorts of problems/chalenges that she needs to overcome in order to lift a curse
  • Atmosphere   -   Magical and fantastic world conected to "our own world"
  • 2nd C   -   A mysterious powerfull wizard, whom helps the MC

You get the same feeling watching any of the 2 movies, basicaly because they have the same atmosphere and background.Altought the Moving Castle has in my opinion a far better concept, it's realy slow-paced and less "exploited" than Spirited Away, leaving the Moving Castle with 2nd place

acidstreaks acidstreaks says...

I've been watching Miyazaki films since a very young age, and Spirited away is probably my favorite, and The Cat Returns is certtainly high up on my list. Howls Moving Castle and Spirited away share many similarities, including things like music and animation. Theres no way you can like one and not the other.

HoopoeBird HoopoeBird says...

Both are Studio Ghibili with beautiful animation, a strong female lead, and fantasy elements!

anastasiaIVY anastasiaIVY says...

Both take place in an amazing fantasy world with powerful women in them that overcome fears and life isdues. Also both have an amazing love story with characters that are easily loved. Both are magical must see movies

ShowerOfSunshine ShowerOfSunshine says...

Both made by Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle both have that creative, intriguing plot line that makes you want to keep watching. Very heart-touching films. I would reccomend you watch them both.

alienbagels alienbagels says...

Both have strong leading female characters that find themselves in a magical world and have a lot to overcome, including evil spells.

LaEabha LaEabha says...

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Saturn0 Saturn0 says...

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 movies demonstrate a feeling of one's own independence and ability to do what you have to do to succeed.

biggiechole biggiechole says...

both are ghibli, so they both have a great sense of magic! i think these two movies have some of the best ghibli music as well :)

Mmmaaarrriii Mmmaaarrriii says...

They are made by the same studio, and have a fun lively tone in the animation as well as in the story.

alui alui says...

Both animes are made by the same studio with a similar amazing art style. I love movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki because everthing about them including the plot and animation are beautiful and soft. Including the elements of fantasy and magic, Miyazaki produces these two famous and classic anime movies that everyone in the anime community should watch.

atkuymas atkuymas says...

Both are fantasy movies with a wild and somehwat confusing plot. Both set in the 90s with beautful animation. I would recommend!

feathertail38 feathertail38 says...

Both of these movies are about the protagonist coming into her own power and realizing her strength by helping the people she comes across

SCxsawamura SCxsawamura says...

Both storylines were well-thought out and pursued nicely. The art style is very similar and are both represent backstories and information well spread out. Also, the food looks amazing, especially the bacon

SirEliasVonBojje SirEliasVonBojje says...

They are both slow and atmospheric. They don't really make any sence but they where both good. I recomend 

Amateratsu998 Amateratsu998 says...

Both FANTASTIC ghilbi films, I personally enjoyed Howls moving castle more than spirited away, but I would recommend both ways.

VladROBOT VladROBOT says...

These full lenth feature anime films were conceived and produced by the same house; the famed Studi Ghibl.Both fantastically illustrated with superb key framing, and in-betweens.

~ vladROBOT

Starlightbrii Starlightbrii says...

Both are studio Ghibli films that are supernatural based with female leads going on adventures.

redspiderlilies redspiderlilies says...

These two classic Studio Ghibli movies are perfect for people who prefer anime with wholesome, heart-warming & creative imagery themes to escape from reality & to feel childlike and filled with wonder & sense of hope.

123hooman456 123hooman456 says...

Both are magical expericences to watch made by studio ghibli. Both movies have amazing characters and it's like each one has it's own fantasic world.

Nuuuuu Nuuuuu says...

Howl's Moving Castle like spirited away delivers its story through really beautiful and mesmerising animations. The characters are a lot of fun! You would definitely love it!!

CuriousCucumber CuriousCucumber says...

Same creator, has similar 2D animation feels. The target demographic is also same. Both features a female protagonist who gets thrown in a fantasy world and meets their male partner.

13thHero 13thHero says...

Both are made by Studio Ghibli and have a female MC discovering a magical world and taking up cleaning duties while figuring out what's going on.

Seawooo Seawooo says...

Beautiful animation, same studio, same art style, same chilled feel, likeable characters, and overall memorable movies.

ghostchu ghostchu says...

Both Studio Ghibli, the animation style is just sublime and the story is full of exciting characters, adventure, and moments that hit the heart in the best way. 

M0arbid M0arbid says...

Both have the same magical feeling of being transported to some amazing worlds. Character development weaves life lessons into the story for younger audiences to benefit from. Howl's Moving Castle has a specialy place in my heart, but Spirtied Away is also amazing. For me personally, these two films were Miyazaki at his best and they leave you pulling for the protagonist until the very end. In terms of setting, Spirited Away is more spiritual or metphysical while Howl's Moving Castles mixes a steampunk style with a fantasy universe, and does so brillianty. If you like a strong, resilient female protag who refuses to give up, both of thse are great.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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?

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Reasons you might like Laputa: Castle in the Sky...

Himitsu Himitsu says...

It has the same elements such as the obvious traveling castle, baddies becoming helpful, and whimsical-like characters. Laputa and Howl's Moving Castle are from the same director and studio and they definitely give the same feel, the ending was incredibly fulfilling as well. Laputa has an easier-to-follow storyline with bounds of adventure; very enjoyable.

Asgorath Asgorath says...

They both have moving castles! But aside from that both anime share a very distinct similar feeling and setting. Both are set in fantasy worlds that mix retro technology elements with fantastic elements unseen in our world. Both also focused on airships. Due to the similar atmosphere and feel-good storytelling, both are fantastic fantasy rides; and if you enjoyed one, the chances that you'll enjoy the other are very high!

urbansamurai01 urbansamurai01 says...

Both Laputa and Howl's are made by the same man, Hayao Miyazaki. Both contain elaborate scenes and stories with amazing gadgets and machines. The characters are well made. In both stories there is a sense of adventure, romance, and action that anyone can enjoy.

dai dai says...

As Howl's and Laputa are from the same creator, some of the scenery likeness is obvious. Both are a heartfelt story of a young female protagonist who must work through her unfortunate circumstances with few allies. The castles in both are also imaginative technical creations. You shouldn't be disappointed if you liked one and have yet to see the other.

Morwen Morwen says...

Both of these Miyazaki films feature castles as part of the plot, a European-like fantasy setting, and a story driven by the bond between two characters. If you've seen one and haven't seen the other yet, I definitely recommend you check it out!

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

Abashi Abashi says...

Both Laputa and Howl's are by the same author and have the name 'castle'. Except, one of them was in the sky, and the other walks. I don't remember everything about Moving Castle, but it was a lot like 'Castle in the Sky'.

Roaziel Roaziel says...

Both Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle are similar in their theme and story telling... And yes, also in the fact that they both have Castles. However there is so much more to both of them. But the similarities lie in the telling of the story. Each has a story about a girl destined for great things. And it's not surprising as it is a common theme in movies directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki.The artwork and beauty of these movies is easily appreciated when you see the world around the characters. These type of movies are almost spiritual and always leaves the view in a state of ease.

mapokl mapokl says...

Laputa and Howl's are very similar. Plot of both movies take place in "steampunk" world, gives you heartwarming feeling and revolve around relationship between main charakters and mystery past of one of them. If you liked one movie, you'll love the other one.

Thefirstanime Thefirstanime says...

in the first place: Laputa and Howl's castle are almost the same visually, and they both hold tremendous power. Both main characters and both castles are wanted by the government for their power, and the protagonists are both set to protect their respective castles.

chamomille chamomille says...

If you liked this because of unusual view of life, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both contain love, kindness and magic.

fizrox fizrox says...

These two movies are set in other than ours words. What's more, they share the same atmosphere and quite similar characters, but more importantly, there are many flying vehicles in both of them.

animegal33 animegal33 says...

Both Laputa and Howl are about finding a castle. They are both hard to find and the main characters needs help finding the castle. Also, when the characters get there, the castle needs their help (Howl needs Sophie and Laputa needs to be protected from the invaders).

thesonicfan21 thesonicfan21 says...

Howl's Moving Castle is very related to Castle in the Sky. They have romance, action, drama, comedy, and of course friendship. But Castle in the Sky's different, the main characters are little kids while the characters in Howl's Moving Castle are mainly young adults. So yeah, Howl's Moving Castle has a totally different romance.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series, being made by the same company, have a lot ion common, ranging from artwork, to the feel and tone of the story, to the characters in the story. If you like one movie, the other one should be right up your alley.

hum4ntank hum4ntank says...

They both involve powerful war officials using magic or super powers to aid them in completing their evil scheme. Also, they are both made by the same studio.

Maranee Maranee says...

Both movies contain elements of magic and and steampunk. Additionally music and artstyle create a similar atmosphere. Both movies have many adorable characters (also on the antagonist side).

Gabbay Gabbay says...

They are both done by the same animation company and director. I've been watching them both, including Spirited Away ever since I was younger. They both contain action, slight comedy, and Romance in a way that doesn't take away from the plot. Although they have different plots, you will find that they have a number of similarities and aspects that you'll appreciate. I personally recommend them both 

Livvyume Livvyume says...

Both of these anime are made by Studio Ghibli and have fantasy elements to them, and slight steampuk elements too. 

dubeldragon dubeldragon says...

just two really great works of moving art. they both are must watchs if you already haven't I suggest wetting them in. 

ShiranaiSan ShiranaiSan says...

Both made by Ghibli, Howl's and Laputa have the same general vibe. Both are fantasy movies with magic, a mysterious castle/island and other shenaigans.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

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?

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ish1618 ish1618 says...

If you liked Howl's Moving Castle you'd also like Princess Mononoke because it also has great animation and the love story is subtle but sweet.

ermeyers ermeyers says...

To start off, both of these movies were directed by the animation genius Hayao Miyazaki. I would say that would be enough, but it probably isn't so I'll continue.

Both of these shows have a male and female protagonist that are bonded by love. Not only that, but they are both packed with adventure and drama, which is a favorite of Miyazaki. So I'll say this; you'll have to see one if you've seen the other. I recommend that you watch Princess Mononoke first because of the time difference between creating the two, and Miyazaki's style slightly changed as the time progressed.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

tasanime tasanime says...

These beautifully animated films are a magical display of Hayao Miyazaki's fine ability as a director; both are fantasy-based tales of courage, love and personal journeys - if you're a fan of one, then it is without a doubt that you will love the other.

caitlin caitlin says...

Both of these movies are thrilling, imaginative and beautiful. They are fantastic adventures with strange and unique creatures, wonderful characters, and a touching story, with undertones of love. With amazing animation, to boot, if you liked one, you should surely check out the other.

Alkoriz Alkoriz says...

Hayao Miyazaki's Mononoke Hime and Howl's Moving Castle both play with the magic and elements of nature. In each, the protagonist is cursed or under the influence of a spell, and he/she must fight to liberate themselves and possibly find love. Like most Miyazaki films, these anime have a hidden message and are very beautiful; the music and animation is very good, too. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

mikewolf mikewolf says...

Hanyo Miyazaki has worked wonders on the screen in both of these movies. I have heard frequently from friends and anime colleagues that they enjoyed watching both of these movies.

Place faith in my judgment and my friends. I would EASILY recommend watching these two together. If you liked one, you WILL like the other.

argona argona says...

another magical masterpiece done by miyazaki sensei portraiting the damage of human wars to the nature and spirits of the earth and showing the fact that one person not only can change her/his own fate but can save all those dear to him and including the planet which has given birth to him.

Thefirstanime Thefirstanime says...

Princess mononoke is like Howl's moving castle both in style of animation, and the use of classic folklore. They both have Hayao Miyazaki's "feeling" to them, great music, great eye candy, and great plots.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

With a main character who's cursed and a journey that ultimately leads to not only a cure but discovery, both of these Studio Ghibli films portray a world of new encounters and moving away from the past. As such, together with a fantastic soundtrack and animation, in liking just one will mean that the other is simply unmissable.

SarangChihinoke SarangChihinoke says...

The main character is cursed someway or the other and has to go through a whole lot to get it lifted. For Sophie she meets a wizard who could use her help as much as she needs his. Ashitaka gets into the middle of a fight between the wolves and a group of villagers and eventually gets help from San the wolf princess who is human.

AndrewGon AndrewGon says...

The story elements are very similar, cursed MC forced to move out, the met the Main hero (movie title) to overcome a major conflict.

As usual Ghibli is the GOAT of worldbuilding, aside for the stories we are witnessing you feel there is great and alive world out there with so many interesting nuances that you just take a glimpse.

Very enjoyable watches, Howl focusing on personal growth and Mononoke on enviromental awareness.

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns

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?

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Maskelle Maskelle says...

If you loved one of these movies you would love the other movie too! They are both from studio Ghibli and they have the same magic feeling to them. Both girls in the movies are strong characters and at the same time are very sensitive. And they both have stories that are unpredictable.

mikewolf mikewolf says...

Although produced by two different people, I personally recommend watching Howl's Moving Castle and Cat Returns.

The magic of Miyazaki's worlds has not been lost, as Studio Ghibli produced The Cat Returns. I really enjoyed watching both of these movies, and would recommend these to fans of other Miyazaki movies.

Menchi Menchi says...

Both Moving Castle and Cat Returns are masterpieces of art and anime, and the stories is very alike. There is a young heroine, who is cursed by the "bad guy". She meets a young and attractive "hero", and soon love is in the air. Both animes have a colourful and cheerful style, and I think anyone would like them both.

wickedshizuku wickedshizuku says...

These movies are both done by the famous Studio Ghibli. They have excellent music, certain parts that will make you tear up, and beautiful animation. I am certain if you liked one you will love the other.

Children will certainly love these movies.

pallmallandcoke pallmallandcoke says...

they both are lighthearted Studio Ghibli production full of adventures, comic characters, magic and love/friendship.

Leahchu Leahchu says...

In both anime, the main protagonist is a young woman in her late teens. Without realizing it, both women are swept up into situations that cause them to be cursed. To break free of their curse they leave home and journey to someplace new, if not an entirely different world entirely. They are assisted by a debonair gentleman and his team of gifted friends. And both movies maintain magic/unnatural phenomenon as their premise for the fantastical elements that drive the story. 

Plutarch Plutarch says...

1. They're both from the same studio.

2. Same art direction

3. Everything is similarly bizarre yet delightful

4. Both romanticises the ordinary things in life, although Howl's Moving Castle is a bit heavier on this theme

5. Both fun and good for families or children!

InuYasha

InuYasha

Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippo the mischievous fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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caitlin caitlin says...

Both Howl's Moving Castle and InuYasha are about a young and fairly normal girl who finds herself suddenly caught up in the unbelievable world of magic, curses, demons, and other strange creatures. Both stories focus on the magic and demons, the girl's struggles to cope, and the love that inevitably blooms from it all.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

LordIndy LordIndy says...

Love, Adventure, Magic, Comedy, and Action all share similar roles in these two animes that follow a young girl's dream for a more exciting life. Though not a perfect match many may find these two complement each other well and find content in Howl's more conclusive ending.

anastasiaIVY anastasiaIVY says...

Very different but also the same in many aspects.

both have powerful strong women in them with a twist of dark romance.

both are magical, fantasy with a good story.

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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singularity singularity says...

Howl's Moving Castle is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki so it has the same animation style and the same sense of magic and wonder and the same whimsical imagination.

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

Both of these are very popular Ghibli films, but they also follow a young female protagonist. In both stories it is enjoyable to watch a young female lead have to go beyond what would be expected of a girl her age. Both of these movies delve into some magic. The non human creatures are also very loveable in both. 

anastasiaIVY anastasiaIVY says...

the stories are very different but both give a magical feel as viewed. Ghiblis magic? I would recommend watching them both. The characters in both movies are also so easy to fall in love with. Both also have magical cute little critters in them that may not say anything but Are just so cute and give the movies a good family feel. However howl is a little scary... 😉

LaEabha LaEabha says...

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Origin: Spirits of the Past

Origin: Spirits of the Past

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.

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Foop Foop says...

Origin: Spirits Of The Past and Howl's Moving Castle are both adventures where a person gets changed and another person helps them become normal again; in Origin a girl is woken up in the distant future, while in Howl's a girl is transformed into an old woman. They both are great and are a must see.

Uniflame Uniflame says...

Both movies have the same general theme. In both Origine and Howl's moving castle there is a tale of romance and there are the same kind of absurd situations to gave the tale an extra dimention as well. In both movies there are spirits involved in some way and they have the same quality in animation as well. So if you want to watch another movie that has the same feel to it, you should give this one a try!

Jaebummie Jaebummie says...

If you watched one you will like the other. Both about two people who meet each other and try to help the other over come their situation. The difference is Origin takes in a future and Howls doesnt. Both are great movies and i would reccommend watching them

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.

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dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

Both Kiki and Howl are tremendous flights of fantasy by Studio Ghibli. In both stories the female character will learn more about herself and the world around her. Kiki must persist to become a success, while Sophie in Howl it must find a way to become young once again. Along the way they both will meet some pretty interesting characters -both films share in common a comical & wise-cracking sidekick for example.

Some wonderful and breathtaking scenes such as some of the flying scenes in Kiki and the wide open meadows in Howl add to the real sense of magic in both these films. But athough both worlds look inviting, there are lessons to be learnt for Kiki and strong forces to oppose for Howl and Sophie, and lasting freindships to be made.

chamomille chamomille says...

If you liked this because of unusual view of life, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both contain love, kindness and magic. Although Kiki is more childish and not so developed.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series focus around magic, although in completely different aspects. Each series has a character being to "lose themselves" before "finding themselves." Also, each title has a similar feel, directing style, music, and artwork which means if you liked one of these series, you'll probably enjoy the other,

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

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…

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dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

A sad tale lies behind the eyes of both lead characters in Howl & Porco Rosso. Both have suffered in the past and seem to really feel awkward and uncomfortable in the modern world and they try to find their place within it. They will both soon discover, however, that actions can be more truthful than appearances, and that friends and maybe even true love can be found by anyone, especially if they are kind of heart and thought.

Two wonderful tales, some stunning visuals and a good dose of action make these both delightful films that should not be missed.

ace52387 ace52387 says...

Ghibli films are always pervaded with innocence, but Porco Rosso and Howl's Moving Castle are perhaps the most romantic in the classical sense.  They are set in quaint, small town Europe and they feature young women falling in love and subsequently melting away the detachment in the heroes.

Fanciful imaginings of inherently romantic ideas, valor among sea pilots in the Adriatic in Porco Rosso, and a womanizing wizard missing his heart in Howl's Moving Castle, are set with the signature purity Ghibli gives all its stories and characters.  Swoon away.

Marethyu Marethyu says...

Both heroisms, but one monster, one pig. Have to say there's some kind of similarity between those two!

The Ancient Magus' Bride

The Ancient Magus' Bride

Chise Hatori was a child nobody wanted. Told by her own mother that she should never have been born and passed from one neglectful guardian to the next, the young girl has grown up feeling lost, hopeless, and emotionally numb. At age fifteen she sells herself into slavery, desperate for a home where somebody - anybody - actually wants her to be there, and is purchased by a mysterious being with a skull for a head. He whisks Chise off to his home in England and introduces her to a world of talking animals, dragons, and faeries, declaring that she is to become his apprentice in magic... and also his bride!

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RagingFury RagingFury says...

Comparable with this Princess Mononoke and some other Ghibli works.The Ancient Magus' Bride is A must watch for every Ghibli fan.

dubeldragon dubeldragon says...

An old class and a classic in the making, anyone who loves either one and that has not see the other would most likely love them both. With beautiful art and eye catching animation both love stories can be watched over again in my personal opinion.

AyeSunset AyeSunset says...

A girl falls in love with a nonhuman mage with a world full of darkness and magic, Sound familiar? This may be why Howls Moving castle and The Ancient Magnus Bride are my favorite animes, similar but also very different as well. Chise is bought by a fae creature named Elias, as she was on the verge of suicide and decided to sell her life to someone else. But Elias is far from what she expected. She is given a new home and family with him as she has never had before, and now is lives as an apprentice mage for Elias. I'm sure if you liked Howls moving castle. the music, and the beauty of this movie, I think The Ancient Magnus Bride may be a good anime for you!