Howl’s Moving Castle is the first Hayao Miyazaki directed movie since he won an Oscar for Spirited Away. It was understandably nominated for that honor as well (it didn’t win though). As Studio Ghibli movies go, Howl’s Moving Castle is decidedly more mature, but still family friendly. The titular moving castle is very creative in a way Miyazaki could only accomplish. Howl’s Moving Castle is about a young hatter being turned into an elderly woman and entering a magical world. It deals with themes of war, age, magic, technology, and freedom. It’s based on a british novel, but Howl’s Moving Castle fits into this anime style quite nicely.