Laputa: Castle in the Sky Movie (1986)
天空の城ラピュタ (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)


A girl named Sheeta falls out of the sky and lands in Pazu’s arms. Soon after a gang of air pirates led by Dola, as well as a mysterious man named Muska, are on their tails. The chase leads them to a floating castle that once belonged to an ancient race of people.
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August 2, 1986




  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


Character design
Character development
World building




Castle in the Sky was the very first film animated by Studio Ghibli.

Alternative title

– Laputa – Castle in the Sky
– Castillo en el Cielo
– Das Schloss im Himmel
– El Castillo en el Cielo
– Laputa
– Laputa – podniebny zamek
– Laputa – Slottet i himlen
– Laputa: Castello nel Cielo
– Laputa_Lâu đài trên không
– Le Château dans le Ciel
– O Castelo no Céu
– Tenkū no Shiro Laputa
– Un Castillo en el Cielo
– Небесный Замок Лапута
– قلعة في السماء
– 天空の城ラピュタ
– 天空之城

TL;DR Review

Castle in the Sky (Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ Hepburn: Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta) (known as Laputa: Castle in the Sky in Europe and Australia) is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The animation keeps getting better with each new film Miyazaki put out. This time, his cloud art is much improved from Nausicaa rendition. The art is beautiful for the time. Some part of the film can be a bit goofy, but it’s an endearing kind of goofiness.

The pieces of music for Castle in the Sky are beautiful. There are very few BGM that I enjoy, but Miyazaki selection always hit it out of the park. The ending theme “Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)” by Azumi Inoue is especially good.

Like Nausicaa, Laputa have a similar theme of lost technology and how the military is trying to revive it. Miyazaki creates some of the most fantastical believable worlds, and Laputa is no exception. This steampunk-inspired sci-fi feels it is plausible.

I have two small complaints of this otherwise perfect film. First, you have grown men doing things to get a young girl attention is in the creepy territory. Even if it was played off for comedy, doesn’t excuse it. Second is the villains are rather a cliche. You have the corrupt military general or the corrupt mustache-twirling villain that laugh and taunt maniacally.

I highly recommend this movie to the fan of well written uplifting adventure film. Laputa contains some graphic violence. Intended for everyone, but parental guidance is advised.

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Opening Theme

– “Sora kara Futtekita Shōjo (空から降ってきた少女; The Girl Who Fell from the Sky)” by Joe Hisaishi

Closing Theme

– “Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)” by Azumi Inoue

Insert/Image Theme

– “Gasshou Kimi o Nosete” by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan
– “Laputa no Houkai” by Hisaishi Joe
– “Kimi o Tsurete” by Ishii Tatsuya
– “Moshimo Sora o Tobetara” by Obata Youko
– “Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa”
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