Howl’s Moving Castle Anime
I’ve been delaying viewing of this film for many years – I have not lost much. Unfortunately, Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the worst Ghibli films, despite excellent directing and music, featuring many wonderful scenes with well-fitting accompaniment by Joe Hisaishi.
Although, cuteness of the fire demon certainly brightened the viewing experience, Sophie seemed to be much softer compared to other Ghibli heroines with strong characters, and Howl was quite annoying. We see how characters grow to some extent, but this growth is unnatural and rushed.
Moreover, the cheese in the ending and especially the very last scene contained revolting amounts of saturated fat. Miyazaki himself mentioned that his rage about war in Iraq “profoundly impacted” the production of the film, but it didn’t manifest substantially in the final product. Uncharacteristically poor plot and pacing for a Ghibli film, but it is still worth to watch Howl for the visuals and music.