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Sunday Cinema: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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Howl’s Moving Castle is a young adult fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, first published in 1986, that won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was named an ALA Notable book for both children and young adults. In 2004 it was loosely adapted as an Academy Award-nominated animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.

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3 Comments on Sunday Cinema: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

  1. Any Miyazaki movie will be good, especially Nausicaa.

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  2. Yep — working on it.

  3. Howl’s Moving Castle is tremendous (though not as groundbreaking and unique as Mononoke Hime).  Here are excerpts from my article The String Cuts Deeper than the Blade in which I discussed Howl, Mononoke and Samurai Champloo:

    “They share the large commonalities obligatory in the quest genre, from the Argonauts to Firefly: the chosen family created by misfits and outsiders, the defiance of oppressive social customs, the search for a larger meaning.

    So what makes these three anime different? For one, they seethe with feisty, non-demure women — in fact, the women are the engines that move these worlds: the men often just react to the women or bounce off each other, whereas (in sharp contrast to the norm) it is the women who create the fellowships and launch the quests.

    At the same time, all three reject the black-versus-white divisions of most comics. There is no absolute evil in the stories, only different (often irreconcilable) points of view. They show the viewpoints of the forgotten, the marginalized, the lost.


    The refusal to categorize goes beyond good versus evil. These works are truly animist in their seamless fusion of realms usually kept separate: reality and dreamscape, the mundane and the spiritual, comedy and tragedy. And at the end, they have real endings: separations, irreversible losses, deaths. Hence their searing impact upon the mind and the heart.”


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