Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta) is only the second of the animated films by Hayao Miyazaki I have seen. The first one being Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). Even though Castle in the Sky was released 16 years before Spirited Away, evident similarities in motifs can be seen. And I like that, when someone persists on something common for all his works. There’s the love affair between two young children, there’s the same old granny helping the little girl, the same old gramp who gives advice. But when you come to think of it, it becomes too blatantly similar for you. Unlike Spirited Away however, Castle in the Sky is a lot easier to reach as it doesn’t (or does it?) incorporate Shintoist themes for non-Shintoists to decipher.
Over all, it’s another feel-good animated film. My feel-good comes from my amusement from the relationship between those two kids. How cute. Not quite the story itself huh. Bikoy’s rating: 7/10