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Howl's Moving Castle Film Comic, Vol. 1

(Howl's Moving Castle Film Comics #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,584 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Sophie thinks of herself as plain and boring, especially compared to her vivacious younger sister Lettie. Sophie expects to spend the rest of her life quietly making hats in the back room of her family's shop, but as her country prepares for war, she is forced to set out on an extraordinary adventure!

After a escaping the unwanted attentions of some bored soldiers with
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by VIZ Media LLC (first published December 1st 2004)
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miyazaki
Among all the characters, Calcifer was my favourite one!
Amanda Lila
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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 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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
To put it kindly, this is an interesting book.

For the /r/fantasy bingo, I’m attempting to complete three boards: a generic, anything goes board, a board comprised of entirely female authors, and a comic book one. The comic book one is a bit tricky – some of the squares, like “desert setting” and “steampunk” are straightforward. Others, like “Any /r/Fantasy Goodreads Group Book Of The Month” or “Novel By an /r/Fantasy AMA Author OR Writer of the Day” are problematic and are requiring research and
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favorite movie, will consume all content
JttR T
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
-copy and pasted
-straight from the
-enchanted film

-sophie has such
-strength and courage
-that i so wish
-i had
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story increased my imagination, and just wish there were more sequels!:D
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The picture book version of the movie was a little hard to follow not having seen the movie first. I may change my rating once I've seen the movie. The ending seemed quite abrupt and it was a little hard to follow. It was a fun magical journey though.
Beautiful drawings straight from the movie. Manga style, and easy to read and understand. Only part one, so looking forward to seeing the volumes!
Tara Schaafsma
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, graphic-novel
I really enjoyed this one. Just a simple book that follows the movie but fun and the art is so nice.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the first part of the Howl's moving castle movie.
Maybe the movie is good but this book doesn't really make sense.
Charlotte Preece
most magical adventure i have ever read, no element left untouched, truly spellbinding
Junqi Wang
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
I love movies created by Miyazaki. It is so popular in China. There is always some hidden message in his work. His imagination is so wide that expand to another world.
Ren C.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting start to the books such a world if fantasy. Of all the studio Ghibli films it was good and the book portrayed it beautifully. Also a good manga too.
Gabe Karnes
May 18, 2017 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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty artwork. A favorite movie.
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I've read the book and seen the movie like 38 times but I still wanted to read the graphic novel, haha.
Gorgeous illustrations!
Dyslexic Bookmonster
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
When you like Ghibli, you like Ghibli. No matter in what kind of form it is brought to you.
Ann M. Noser
Enchanting yet confusing.
Joanne Myers
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Jose Esparza
Jun 30, 2012 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
Jan 09, 2015 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
Oct 21, 2011 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 ...more
Esther Choi
Sep 19, 2013 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 ...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.

Mar 07, 2014 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 ...more
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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

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