howell's moving castle

trash wizard and trash demon make a trash castle (trashle)

With such lovely features as: 

  • Look, a giant castle! No wait the inside is just a small house there are four rooms and a closet and a yard whoops
  • It looks like it’s made of coal, bc Calcifer was like “I know what coal is! I’m a fire! I got this” 
  • Like he literally used to be a star, but the best he could come up with is a pile of coal
  • that looks like it’s about to fall apart
  • and robably has really shitty graphics on the towers and shit where nobody will see bc making it nice takes effort
  • Has four doors on the outside, 3 of them are FAKE
  • for that matter, while figuring out that the doors are fake, you can’t walk around the castle clockwise
  • anticlockwise is fine, but if you try to go clockwise you hit an invisible wall because fuck visitors amirite
  • speaking of fuck visitors, the castle can literally RUN AWAY FROM THEM
  • it runs away from its responsibilities just like its creators
  • and scares people by shooting balls of fire to celebrate
  • and blows smoke all over upper folding
  • not to mention it’s noisy as fuck. Are castles supposed to make deafening noises when they move? No, no they’re not
  • And we’ve barely touched on the inside, that’s a whole ‘nother mess of bullshit

Movie Howl: Noble, upright man, a real hero

Book Howl: dumped the main villain

Movie Sophie: sweet, genuine, a little naive

Book Sophie: “at that, Sophie said a word she had learned from Martha that neither old women or young girls should know”

Movie Michael(Markel): weird small creature

Book Michael: panics daily

Movie Calcifer: “may all your bacon burn”

Book Calcifer: “I hope your bacon burns”

Ok. But can we talk about how Howl is all so cool and composed in the ghibli film, with this mistery around him and the prince-transforming-into-beast (hot) aura… and then in the book here is this sarcastic-bitchy-womenizer-drama queen-metrosexual baby that makes you want to love him and kick him square in his perfect ass and ugh…damn.

Howl and Sophie the loveliest thing ever

Somewhere Chapter 9:

“He was in there two hours,” said Calcifer, “putting spells on his face. Vain fool!”

“There you are then,” said Michael. “The day Howl forgets to do that will be the day I believe he’s really in love, and not before.”

Fast forward Chapter 21:

Sophie saw another person leap through the gap behind it. This one had flying black sleeves. It was Howl…

Sophie looked up at him. As she had feared, hard black-and-white daylight coming through the broken wall showed her that Howl had not bothered to shave or tidy his hair. His eyes were so red-rimmed and his black sleeves were torn in several pieces. There was not much to choose between Howl and the scarecrow.

Hello, raindropmaster <3 <3 <3

“All my flanks were weak!”

Can we just appreciate how Howl’s weakness is literally everything? Sophie AND his family in Wales AND Calcifer AND the physical weakness of his own heart AND the fact that he was, actually, invested in finding Justin and Suliman, AND the fact that he spent the night before watching rugby and getting wasted. 

Like, he’s a fucking Mess who Cares Too Much while pretending he doesn’t and I love it. 

i was gonna go to bed but then i got to thinking about how howl probably made the worst puns after he made the contract with calcifer
like

“Howl, why on earth are you reading that book again?”
“I need to rekindle my love for it, Calcifer! Re-kindle!”

“Calcifer, I bought this suit because it reminded me of you.”
“Another suit?”
“Do you know why?”
“You know I cant wear suits, Howl.”
“Because its flame-boyant, Calcifer.”

“Hey Calcifer, do you know why I love you so much?”
“Is this another of your awful puns?”
“Because you stole my heart.”
“We made a contract, Howl. You gave it to me.”

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Endless List of Favorite Pairings Howl/Howell Jenkins + Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)

“Oh, confound that gray-and-scarlet suit!” Sophie said. “I refuse to believe that I was the one that got caught with it!” The trouble was the blue-and-silver suit seemed to have worked just the same.

the amount of body horror in Howl’s Moving Castle is really staggering

and it’s kind of like Oz body horror, where the narrative is very casual about it so you don’t really notice how weird it is unless you really think about it

but EVERYBODY in that novel is losing bits of themselves, or gaining bits of other people, or having their physical bodies changed by someone else, or purposely changing their physical bodies

bodies in HMC are not static or permanent, they are ever-malleable and ever-changing, and that’s kinda awesome

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Tribute to the films of Studio Ghibli. part 2

1.- Only Yesterday
2.- Whisper of the Heart
3.- Kiki’s Delivery Service
4.- Porco Rosso
5.- Spirited Away
6.- Howl’s Moving Castle
7.- Princess Mononoke
8.- From Up on Poppy Hill
9.- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
10.- When Marnie Was There