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ANIME MUST WATCH – HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE

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ADVENTURE, DRAMA, FANTASY AND ROMANCE

Howl’s Moving Castle follows Sophie a quiet girl who works in a hat shop. One day her life is changed when she meets a good looking and yet mysterious wizard named Howl. The Witch of the Waste, is jealous of Sophie’s friendship with Howl and puts a spell on her which turns her into an old lady. Sophie sets out to try and break the spell. She goes on board Howl’s magic castle that can fly and enters a world of wonders.

 

CHARACTERS:

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SOPHIE HATTER

A quiet girl who works in a hat shop. She meets a good looking and yet mysterious wizard named Howl. Due to her friendship with Howl, The witch of the Waste casts a spell on her which turns Sophie into an old lady. Sophie ventures out to try and break the spell. She hops on board Howl’s magic castle working as his maid cleaning the filthy castle. She goes on an adventure with Howl and his friends.

 

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HOWL JENKINS PENDRAGON 

Howl is a powerful wizard who lives in the land of Ingary which he came to through a portal. He is part of a fraternity of wizards on Earth. He owns a moving castle and is on the run from The Witch of the waste and Madam Suliman. He is able to turn into a black feathered beast that can fly when he is fighting in battles.

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WITCH OF THE WASTE

A vengeful women who is after Howl’s heart and hoping he will love her. In the past she used her magic to look appealing to Howl and he soon finds out she was lying. The witch casts a spell on Sophie because she is jealous of her friendship with Howl. The Witch of the Waste is one of the antagonist in the film. She later loses her powers and becomes an ally to Howl and Sophie.

 

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MADAM SULIMAN

Madam Suliman is the main antagonist of the film. She is the Kings Royal sorcerer which provides magic for the kingdom and the military. She uses her power to hunt down witches and wizards around the kingdom. She turns them into monsters to serve in the king’s military. She is after Howl and his power.

 

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CALCIFER

Calcifer is a fire demon. He heats and powers the castle because of a bargain Howl and him agreed to some years ago. Calicifer promised Sophie he will help her break her curse if she can break the contract between him and Howl.

 

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MARUKURU

Marukuru is an orphan who is a resident of the castle. He assists Howl with his everyday activities. When Sophie comes on board he shows her the magic wonder of the worlds. He becomes very close to Sophie.

THOUGHTS:

Can you go wrong with a Hayao Miyazaki film? I always love that he has a strong female lead. Sophie though physically vulnerable as an old lady she was still smart and witty. She never gave up. You see how kind hearted she is and helps everyone in this film. The love Sophie has for Howl is so beautiful and not annoying like most anime films. Ugh

I like this film a lot because of the different worlds you enter. It’s takes you away from your life and just puts you in a lovely fantasy. All the characters had something special to offer to the film. The storyline is amazing and definitely unique. The witch of the waste starts off crazy but then you grow to like her.

I will say if you haven’t watched this film, I do not know what you are waiting for. GO WATCH IT!!
THANKS FOR READING.