[DWJ] Howl's Moving Castle film

Irina Rempt irina at valdyas.org
Sat Jun 21 02:53:00 EDT 2008

After resisting for a long time I finally bought and watched it, determined 
not to dislike it because it wasn't like the book (I was allowed to dislike 
it for other reasons, e.g. because I don't like anime in general).

Well, I didn't dislike it, not even because it was anime. According to my 
eldest daughter who has been watching anime on YouTube lately, it's not 
stricly anime anyway. In fact I liked it tremendously, though I'm still 
coming to terms with the changes. Both girls who watched it with me and who 
haven't read the book yet (one is the DWJ reader, but she's only recently 
become competent enough in English to read the books in the original and HMC 
hasn't been translated) thought it was absolutely splendid.

Having slept on it, I realise that I'd have *hated* the film for the changes 
if Miyazaki had done it *badly*. (Wizard Suliman! Howl's transformations! The 
war plot!) But he did it extremely well. Now I want to see _Spirited Away_ 
too, and not only to see what Miyazaki does with something I don't know by 
heart already.


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