Laputa: Castle In The Sky

Title: Laputa: Castle In The Sky
adventure, drama, fantasy, romance, science fiction, steampunk
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki;
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki;
Character design: Hayao Miyazaki, Tsukasa Tannai;
Studio: Studio Ghibli;
Year: 1986;
Watched: something around 2008; re-watched: 2011;
Dubbed: eng;
Group: Anime 4ever [a4e];
MAL: 9 (great);

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Main characters:

  • Sheeta – the girl;
  • Pazu – the boy;
  • Military – with Muska;
  • Pirates – mother with a lot of sons;

The name studio Ghibli talks all by itself. What do you expect by hearing this name? some fun, cute story with a little bit of love and a bit more action, with some nice and friendly characters and some good idea behind it. And that is exactly what you’ll get from this movie.

I guess i don’t need to tell the plot, but just in case for myself (you know I’m getting older, my memory is getting worse .. ^.^ ya ya sure..). Story goes like this. Young girl falls from the sky into young boys hands.

He and his friends try to help her, because she is chased by some crazy pirates and military with mysterious Muska ahead. The reason they are after Sheeta is her crystal – it can lead the way to mysterious floating land of advanced technology – Laputa. So our heroes try to find the way to Laputa with the help of the pirates, who apparently are not so bad. They encounter a lot of adventures but eventually reach castle – where they find a bit rusty robot and rather green environment than advanced technology. But kids love it, while military (which also reached the castle) is more interested in treasures this land holds. Muska on the other hand is more interested in power and wants to revive Laputa as a ruling country. But you can guess that all bad ones get their unhappy ending and all the good ones get their happy one – the pirates get some treasure and the boy gets the girl (ahh sooo sweet… and soo romantic.. not in a cheesy kinda way)..

After this movie you are left with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Peace and beauty lives in love and harmony. Lets all get back to nature …!!! *runs out and rolls on the grass – all neighbors stand and look speechless*.. ok thats enough of making a fool of myself today ^.^

anyway its nice.. and for such sucker for romantic like myself (I’m still not healed from that..) this movie leaves a little lonely feeling (I bet all the girls ever felt this watching a romantic movie alone) “ahh I wish I had someone to be all lovy-dovy and romantic”.. ya reality strikes back.. but what am i worrying about here? the boy got a girl for crying out loud and they lived happily ever after (well i hope) so anime fulfilled its duty and made someone happy ^.^

Now on the other hand movie brings simple and old, yet so often forgotten truth – we need to love each other and seek to be in harmony with nature – not destroy it like we do now. Like the moment robot gives a flower to a girl – the metallic heart that robot has is way bigger than most of the people in this world.. Simple rule of life – never expect the ones around you to love you if you don’t try to love them. Doesn’t matter how advanced we all become this will not change.

Now some fun. These pants:                           Are made for flying:

And that is what they’ll do.. One day the pants are gonna fly all over you..

And question of the day:

Who is the strongest in the picture? (I’ll give you a hint – the one that holds the most threatening weapon of them all)

I guess thats all for this never getting old classic ^.^





op: “Sora kara Futtekita Shōjo (空から降ってきた少女; The Girl Who Fell from the Sky)” by Joe Hisaishi

ed: “Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)” by Azumi Inoue


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