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Hayao Miyazaki
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ハウルの動く城 1 (Howl's Moving Castle Film Comics #1)

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In this vividly drawn graphic novel, beloved screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki recreates the images and story of his hit animated film Howl's Moving Castle, which in turn is based on the novel of Dianna Wynne Jones. The movie tracks the cursed life and extraordinary adventure of shopkeepers' daughter Sophie.
フィルム・コミック, 167 pages
Published 2005 by 徳間書店 (first published December 1st 2004)
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Amanda Lila
The movie was awesome, this comic not so much. BUT because of my love for Studio Ghibli and its works I cannot rate this lower than three stars.
Pepper Thorn
Mar 27, 2011 Pepper Thorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howl's Moving Castle is quirky and enchanting. Diana Wynne Jones' writing has an innocent wonder, humor, and subtle wisdom that is pure magic. I have read a shelf-full of her books and loved every one. This book not only didn't disappoint but was a delightful surprise. None of the characters is quite what they seem, even to themselves, and everything is in a lovely, chaotic mess.

I did not read this book for a long time because I saw and loved Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece based on the b
Jul 24, 2015 sanaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه کتابها که نباید فاضلانه و عالمانه باشند. کتابهای بچه ها با تصاویر درخشان و دنیاهای بی نظیر و خلاقشان چیزهایی به آدم می دهند که خیلی کتابهای دیگر ندارند که بدهند. زندگی در این کتابها پرمایه است. بیشتر از آن که فکرش را بکنی.کتاب را به تازگی هدیه گرفته ام و خیلی دوستش می دارم. همین یک جمله اش یک هفته است که به فکر و رویایم برده: وقتی سوفی قلب هاول را به سینه اش بر می گرداند و هاول بیدار می شود می گوید نمی دانم چم شده. سینه ام خیلی تنگ است. سوفی به او می گوید: قلب بار سنگینی است
JttR T
Apr 19, 2008 JttR T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-copy and pasted
-straight from the
-enchanted film

-sophie has such
-strength and courage
-that i so wish
-i had
Jul 16, 2011 ~Willow~(Afia) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story increased my imagination, and just wish there were more sequels!:D
Gabe Karnes
May 18, 2017 Gabe Karnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howl's Moving Castle is a very good book. I read this because I watched the movie and loved it. 5 stars
Ann M. Noser
Enchanting yet confusing.
Joanne Myers
After reading part three earlier today, I decided to read volume one.

It was interesting to see how Sophie first meets Howl. Some parts of volume three made sense to me this time around due to them being explained in this volume.

On to volume two now.
Sophie is a quiet and shy girl working in his late father's hat shop. But one day everything changes: she meet a mysterious young man, is chased by some black creatures and finally displease Witch of the Waste, who transform her into a old woman. Sophie can't stay at home any more, so she have to try her wings and venture into the big strange world. Soon she find herself in a moving castle of wizard Howl, who is rumoured to eat a hearts of the young and beautiful women. How can Sophie break the ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it twice, it's beautiful.
Jose Esparza
Jun 30, 2012 Jose Esparza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Wynne Jones’ novel "Howls Moving Castle" emphasizes many blending of themes. The book’s themes include a combination of love and romance, fate, and determination. Jones synchronizes her message to her readers that love prospers all obstacles in this fantasy novel.

The author makes it clear in this novel about her views of society today. With the addition of wars that create destruction and chaos that solve nothing. In addition the self conscious of appearance being a problem today in socie
Dec 12, 2014 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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Esther Choi
Sep 19, 2013 Esther Choi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sophie is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, but one night, she meets the Witch of the Waste who comes to her hat store. Sophie offends the witch and makes her angry, so the witch turns Sophie into an old woman. This leads to a big journey for Sophie and her quest to undo the spell. She meets many different kinds of fantastical characters, including young wizard Howl, who soon becomes her friend. Sophie starts out being a character who is not confident in herself, but as the story progres ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will openly admit that this book has it's flaws (there are a few leaps in character and story that lack development), but I really loved it. Sofie, the main character who has always been certain she will be a failure due to being the first born, has to set out on her own after mistaken identity causes her to be cursed with early old age. Her advanced years give her the courage and surliness to seek employment with the local "wicked" wizard, Howl, as a cleaning lady. There she lives, causing tr ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Isaac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
I found this story to be an interesting story however difficult to follow. When I read stories that are set in different worlds I am some what disconnected because at times there isn't something I can relate too. A young girl is cursed by a witch and embarks on a epic journey that culminates in some fun surprises.
I liked how the overall story goes, for example the character of Howl is like a mix of Sherlock Holmes, a mad scientist and Dumbledore from harry potter. Some times you just wonder what
Alma Q
I loved the book and liked both the anime and this film comic (all four parts, even though I'm only keeping the first one on my shelves). Can't even say with much certainty which one I I was acquainted with first, to be honest...

Anyway, the manga's prettily drawn and captures the essential story quite well, in my opinion. I liked the overall visualisation and enjoyed the obvious Miyazakisms - it's always interesting to see how different artists interpret each other's art -, and I thought this ve
Mary Orchard
Apr 01, 2015 Mary Orchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sophie is an unsatisfied young woman with a magical talent in bringing things to life. She embarks on a journey after being cursed by a witch to become an aged woman, to meet Howl (a wizard), and Calcifer (a fallen star), along with other characters. Throughout the novel, Sophie comes to terms with her inner-self and by so doing demonstrates great courage and loyalty, freeing more than just herself from the awful curse given to her by the witch.

I thought this novel was very refreshing in beating
Mar 22, 2012 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This particular adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle suffers for fault of the medium by which it is being conveyed. By choosing to take screenshots of the film and superimposing dialogue over them, pacing is placed by the wayside. There are too many panels required to show an action as simple as standing because Miyazaki's art style is so fluid and there is so much movement. Had they simply foregone some of the smaller, less essential motions or combined separate actions into a single panel (ie: S ...more
Jackie Jenkins
Sophie is the oldest out of three girls. This means her life will be ordinary and boring. That is until the evil Witch of the Waste shows up and turns her into an old lady. Now Sophie's only option is to go hitch a ride with the Wizard Howl (who is known the eat young girls hearts) in hopes that he will figure out she is under a spell and break it for her. Sophie finds all sorts of secrets and discoveries in Howls castle. She didn't know how much adventure she was signing up for.

A very creative
Mar 07, 2014 Jaimie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I loved diving back into the story of Howl's Moving Castle (the art, the characters, the magic!), I found this adaptation a bit difficult to read. THe editors included the whole story and all of the details, but the way that the page layout was constructed is a bit messy. The image-stills from the film were well chosen, but their placement on the page was often jumbled and didn't match up with the textual accompaniment. Further complicating the issue was the inclusion of speech bubble ...more
Meg Rumbaugh
I liked this story. I appreciated the uniqueness of it. Although it had aspects that are in many books, magic, romance, strong female characters, etc. it was cool to read one of the first novels to incorporate these things. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Harry Potter or similar books. I liked Sophie because she learns to be strong and she takes control of her life. Something difficult happens in her life and instead of lying down and taking it she goes out to fix her problem.

Dec 02, 2013 Bindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infm-208
Sophie, a young hat-maker who comes into contact with the Witch of the Waste, who turns the girl in an old woman - and eventually comes into contact with the wizard Howl. Sophie begins work as a cleaner in Howl's magical, moving castle, which appears to be a mish-mash of parts and pieces from other machines and gears all thrown together, and ends up finding refuge there with the friends she meets (not least of which is the fire demon known as Calcifer). Howl's courage (and vanity) inspires Sophi ...more
Emma Baker
Dec 09, 2015 Emma Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is the eldest and believe that, because of this, she will amount to nothing. When she is confronted by the Witch of the Waste, she is cursed. She must look for a destiny on her own and discover more about herself she never believed could be true.

I originally saw the movie version of this and it was so enjoyable to read it and see the differences between the two. I loved all of the characters and the book was beautifully written. I love what it teaches about believing in yourself and how
Adam Comstock
Jun 23, 2016 Adam Comstock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-20
Sophie works for her step-mother’s hat shop, and will eventually own it. Though her future doesn’t seem good as her younger sisters seem to get better fortune. It all seemed normal until her encounter with Howl and the witch of the waste. Now cursed as an old woman, Sophie seeks out a better fortune in Howl’s moving castle, and hopes that she can find a way to break the curse on herself.

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book though I do like the movie better. This book did have a good amount of
Apr 12, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I thought this was a great story with unique perspectives which I love about young adult literature. The technique telling it is why I gave it a low rating. Taking into consideration I believe this book was written for a younger audience than an adult, it was somewhat predictable, some parts were confusing to figure out what was going on and lacked good description. Characters were fairly hashed out but nothing spectacular. And character development was jolting at times with character changes t
Lynn Robinson
Aug 21, 2012 Lynn Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like many others picked up this book after seeing the Hayao Miyazaki animated interpretation. I am a huge Hayao fan and became extremely interested in the story line. I must say, the plot of the novel is almost completely different than the film but in the end I closed the book smiling. The characters weren't as romanticized as in the film but it added depth to their character and charm. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. This is going on that short list of books I will likely read and re-read un ...more
Gayle Gordon
Apr 29, 2016 Gayle Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Set of four books that are basically stills from the movie plucked out and put into book form to tell the story. I really like the movie, so I like these books. Only slight annoyance is that though the dialog has been translated from Japanese, the sound effects aren't. There is is guide to sound effects at the back of the book, but it would interrupt the flow of reading too much, so I didn't use it. Nice to have the story in book form if you want to relive it and aren't in a position to watch a ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Gabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
*WARNING: Possibly No Spoilers*

I Love the Movie Howls moving Castle, and haven't read the books due to the unfortunate even that i didn't realise i owned the book until I'd sold it *Slaps wrist*. Bad Me. I loved how bright the pictures were and how there was less writing than normal comics. Usually i would love more writing, but with this book it just seemed right.
A Very quick read (My reading time was 10 minutes at my relatives house.) And i definitely recommend it it you loved the movie like
Romi (likes books)
Ooh, these graphic novels... they're just divine. Gorgeous. Detailed and intricate and such a wonderful thing to have as part of a collection. I believe the third is my favourite, as it has the "moving" scene which is quite possibly my favourite from the movie. And it had differences from the film, too, different lines (not a hint of the burnt bacon from Cal! I was shocked beyond belief- well, not quite but shocked, especially since it's my favourite line from him), and being able to see the dif ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Madilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a wonderful story that I simply enjoyed. It took me through a journey that was exciting, adventourious and the most fun I've had reading a science fiction book. I recomend this for people who are taken away by magic, adventure and wonderful detail.

When I read this book it made me feel like I could continue the series without thinking, "Oh, these characters are just too dramatic," or "This is just boring, why should I continue to read this, I know what's going to happen."

I loved this book, i
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宮崎 駿

Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.

In 1971, he moved to A Pro with Isao Takahata, then to N
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