Cover image for Castle in the sky. 4
Castle in the sky. 4
Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Viz Communications, [2003]

Physical Description:
168 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath -- who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money -- and he alone knows how to activate the Castle's ancient superweapons that could make him master of the world! Can Pazu and Sheeta stop his sinister plan?
General Note:
First published in 1986 by Tokuma Shoten, Ltd. in Japan.

"This book is printed and should be read in its original Japanese right-to-left format"--P. 168.

"Rated A for all ages."

Based on the screenplay for the motion picture, Castle in the sky.
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Tenkū no shiro Rapyuta (Motion picture)
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X V.4 Graphic Novel Open Shelf
X V.4 Graphic Novel Central Library
X V.4 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
X V.4 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels

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From the creator of the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away, a legend of the days of the first flying machines, where fantastic adventure takes to the air in search of the Castle In The Sky! Pirates greedy for treasure and secret agents hungry for power are both chasing Sheeta, a young girl who wears a mysterious blue stone around her neck. The stone's power makes Sheeta defy gravity?and float down into the life of Pazu, a tough young orphan boy inventor. What ancient secrets link Sheeta's stone to the incredible dangers and mysteries of the Castle In The Sky? Unlike other graphic novels, this series features full-color illustrated stills from the movie printed on quality paper and is published in the original right-to-left format. Together, these four volumes give readers the complete story of the animated feature, and are the perfect gift for fans of the movie and Japanese graphic novels.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Director Miyazaki's animated films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are immensely popular among the manga/anime set. This is the four-part print adaptation of his third children's film, from 1986, which Disney released on DVD in April. The story concerns Sheeta, a princess in exile from the lost aerial kingdom Laputa, and her orphaned inventor friend Pazu, as they're chased by various scary military types and assisted by air pirates as they try to rescue a magic levitation stone. Miyazaki's production design is gorgeous, and the full-color reproduction is nicely authentic-anime buffs will drool over the floating city, cleverly retro-looking airships, half-rusted giant robot soldiers, lush landscapes and sensitively handled lighting in every scene. As with Miyazaki's other stories, the plot provides one enormous spectacle after another, almost nonstop action with very little actual violence. But the adaptation is simply a series of images captured from the movie, and much is lost in translation (both from Japanese into English and from motion into still frames). The ornately orchestrated set pieces that are Miyazaki's hallmark are often static or baffling on the page. Devotees of the movie will enjoy the chance to pore over its details in a facsimile of the Japanese manga version (there's even a glossary for the original Japanese sound effects), but the uninitiated are likely to be perplexed. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved