Imagine what you would do if while bringing dinner back to your boss, you had a young lady fall from the sky and float into your outstretched arms. Pretty unbelievable, but that’s exactly what happens to Pazu, an orphan who works in the mines. Next thing he knows they’re being chased by pirates and the army who are after the Aetherium crystal necklace Sheeta was given by her grandmother. While hiding in the abandoned mines, Pazu and Sheeta discover that her necklace might be the key to finding the mythical lost city of Laputa that is hidden in the sky among the clouds. Laputa is rumored to have untold treasure and powerful advanced weapons that in the wrong hands could destroy the world. Pazu and Sheeta quickly find themselves in a race against time and greedy people to find the city before they do.Gee, I wonder how Pazu and Sheeta solve this dilemma? And will they win the race against time and those greedy people? Whew, talk about a buzzing kids world!
Castle in the Sky is just one of the many anime masterpieces by Hayao Miyazaki. A children’s anime in the “steampunk* style”, it follows the adventures of Sheeta and Pazu as they search for the mythical floating city Laputa. Sheeta is an orphan from a royal family on the run after being kidnapped by Muska, a government secret agent, and later attacked by air pirates. Although she doesn’t know why, everyone seems to want to get their hands on the Aetherium crystal given to Sheeta by her grandmother. The crystal saves Sheeta’s life when she falls from the airship being attacked by Dola and her air pirates, floating her gently to the ground and into Pazu’s rescuing arm’s. With Dola, her pirates and the army after them, Sheeta and Pazu go on the run.
Beautifully imagined, Castle in the Sky is appropriate for most ages, however, it can be slow moving which may cause some children to become disinterested. What violence exists is mostly slapstick, but there are some mildly serious scenes and an overtone of what happens if you let greed dictate your actions. The steampunk style was most popular during the 1980’s but is unfamiliar to most people, especially children. This unusual style adds a distinct layer of fantasy with its Victorian fashion mixed with modern inventions.