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The Best Anime Like 'Howl’s Moving Castle'

Updated May 31, 2019 1.1k votes 267 voters 11.9k views13 items

Howl's Moving Castle is a Studio Ghibli film that's often ranked among the greatest anime films ever made. It follows Sophie, a young woman who is cursed with rapid aging. To get back to normal, she'll have to follow Howl, a strange wizard who lives in a flying castle. While the movie provides a uniquely delightful experience, there are other anime worth watching that offer a similar experience.

Among the best anime like Howl's Moving Castle are other Studio Ghibli masterpieces like Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, and The Secret World of Arrietty. But there are also anime by other studios that fans of Howl will appreciate. If you're looking for an anime about a level-headed girl forming a relationship with a dramatic and intense boy, you'll probably dig the relationship between Haruhi and Tamaki in Ouran High School Host ClubIf you're looking for another anime about flying castles, check out Steamboy, a movie from the director of Akira. There's plenty more where that came from.

Which anime similar to Howl’s Moving Castle do you think fans of the film will most enjoy? Vote it up to help guide your fellow fans, and let the world know what you think. 

  • Inuyasha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like 'Howl’s Moving Castle'
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    When Kagome Higurashi falls down a well, she's transported to the Sengoku period. At the same moment, a magical wish granting jewel is reborn inside of her, but it shatters when she's suddenly attacked. Tasked with finding the scattered shards, she seeks help from a half-human, half-demon named Inuyasha. As the two gather allies and face increasingly more dangerous foes, they grow closer to one another - even though at first they don't exactly get along. While Sophie's mission is different, her journey as an ordinary person thrust into a bizarre situation which serves as a pretext for falling in love is much the same. 

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    • Steamboy is a lesser-known movie by the director of the wildly popular 1988 film, Akira. Set in Victorian England, it follows an inventor named Ray who has just received a strange package from his grandfather. The package contains a mysterious object called a Steam Ball, which can power nearly anything it's inserted into. The result is what ties Steamboy to Howl's Moving Castle - both involve flying castles. You won't find that in just any series, so if you're looking for another aerodynamic building, look no further than Steamboy.

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    • Castle in the Sky is one of Studio Ghibli's earlier films, and it's not hard to see how Howl's Moving Castle may have been influenced by it. When Sheeta is kidnapped by government agents who want to steal the power of her crystal amulet, she thinks she'll never escape. Her luck changes when the ship she's being held on is taken over by pirates, giving her the opportunity to escape. It's then that she meets Pazu, a boy who is trying to reach a mythical flying castle called Laputa. Sheeta joins him on his quest, but it won't be easy - especially with government officials who want to find Laputa and use it for themselves.

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    • The Earl and the Fairy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like 'Howl’s Moving Castle'
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      The Earl and the Fairy is a little-known series from 2008 that might be appealing to fans of Sophie and Howl's relationship. Lydia Carlton is a doctor-in-training who specializes in fairies - in fact, she's one of the only people who can communicate with them at all. Edgar J. C. Ashenbert hires her for her knowledge of fairies, but not only is he hiding some details about his true identity, his personality is also a lot to deal with. Like Sophie, Lydia grows emotionally through her relationship with an eccentric man - but not without having to deal with supernatural hardships.

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