Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dreaming About Howl's Moving Castle

Hello, dear blog friends! I am very sorry if I haven’t updated my blog lately. I had sooooooooooooo much fun during my summer vacation, and I promise to tell you all about it on my next posts. In the meantime, the topic for today is about one of my favorite anime movies, Howl’s Moving Castle! I wrote this post months ago, but wasn't able to share it right away.

This story/movie is all about a young and simple girl named Sophie Hatter, who runs her family’s hat shop (no wonder their last names are called Hatter). She then  meets the notorious Howl, who is a wizard and is famed for eating the hearts of beautiful girls. One day, when she comes home, she is cursed by the evil Witch of the Waste into the body of a 90 year old woman, and, as the witch said it, she could not speak of the curse to other people. She sets off to find Howl’s castle and is helped by a scarecrow who she calls Turnip Head.

Then she meets Calcifer, a fire demon who holds Howl’s heart. She also meets Markel, Howl’s young apprentice. When Howl finally sees her again, she tells him that she was hired by Calcifer to be their cleaning lady. But Howl could sense the curse the witch cast into her and could see her true age like Calcifer. Sophie turns Howl’s life upside-down as they encounter problems, friendship, and love.

Suddenly, Howl realizes that he loves her even though she is cursed and Sophie also loves Howl even though he is cursed too, by the Witch of the Waste into a bird-like monster. Howl also finds out that she is the girl from his dreams who frees him and Calcifer from their curses. She doesn’t only free Howl, but their relationship also deepens. She also broke the curse of Prince Justin, who was the scarecrow Turnip Head, who helped her earlier. She has the ability of talking life into things and she also got Howl’s heart back literally. Then slowly, her curse is lifted and she becomes her young self again.

This movie was based on a book written by Dianne Wynne Jones.  I hope that more people will watch movies by Hayao Miyazaki. I recommend this to everyone! I super loooooove it because it's very inspiring, magical, romantic (though a little too cheesy) and teaches one to stand up for himself and for others.

I made some improvements on the story (yes, my own fanfiction!) no witch with wobbly layers of neck :), no spell on Sophie, and a little more fluff to the story. I will post my fanfiction stories here and share them with you soon! I hope I don't get very busy with school, but I will try my best to update my blog as frequently as I can.

I am a little addicted to Howl’s Moving Castle that, I watch it almost like every day after the first time I laid my eyes on it. I also watch repeatedly another one of my favorite movies entitled Spirited Away. But I will tell all of you about that, on my next blog article. More stories to come so please come visit me back again.

Thank you for reading dear friends! I love you all!


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