Ghibli Challenge #2: Castle in the Sky (1986)
As a child, we always dream about floating islands or a place where a technologically advanced society exists. Or maybe just us experiencing how to fly.
Castle in the Sky is another Miyazaki classic about a young boy named Pazu and a girl named Sheeta who both went on an adventure to prevent a group of agents and pirates away from a powerful crystal while searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa.
Steampunk, action, comedy, adventure, you name it. This movie is all about that. It is like something animated from our dreams. Considering that this was done in 1988 wherein there is not much-advanced technology in terms of animation, this is still a work of art.
It may lack some deepness to the story but definitely, the wackiness of the characters fills those gaps nicely.
Its cultural significance is something to be admired upon. Several legendary titles in the steampunk genre can be traced to this movie like Fullmetal Alchemist or D. Gray-man. Also, some Disney and Pixar movies like WALL-E or Up were inspired by this film.
It truly is one of a kind and an important one to watch.