Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Howl's Moving Castle and Cosplay

Howl's Moving Castle by v_Rock
Howl's Moving Castle, a photo by v_Rock on Flickr.

Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, says Wikipedia. It is loosely based on a novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones', a British writer.

Wynne Jones's book allows Miyazaki to combine a plucky young woman and a mother figure into a single character in the heroine, Sophie. She starts out as an 18-year-old hat maker, but then a witch's curse transforms her into a 90-year-old gray head.

Sophie is horrified by the change at first. Nevertheless she learns to embrace it as a liberation from anxiety, fear and self-consciousness. The change might be a blessed chance for adventure.[2]

The film is different from Jones's original novel. The plot is similar, but it is flavored with Miyazaki's familiar style.

Cosplay,, short for "costume play",[1] is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Characters are often [2] drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies.