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.
“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.
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.
Nothing is safe from you. If I were to court a girl who lived on an iceberg in the middle of the ocean, sooner or later —probably sooner— I’d look up to see you swooping overhead on a broomstick. In fact, by now I’d be disappointed in you if I didn’t see you.
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