One of the very first animes I'd seen from Studio Ghibli through an Asian friend. I have since seen many more, and when this finally became available outside of Asia I quickly purchased it. This remains one of my favourtie Studio Ghibli animes and in particular a favourite from the work of Miyazaki. As always with the work of Studio Ghibli you can expect a story that is very much for children and adults alike. And also true is the un-patrinising way they tell their stories. Western film makers could learn a lot from such works from Studio Ghibli. The anime itself is, as always breath taking and the story rich, and simple at the same time, working on many levels. "Laputa," is an action-adventure (loosely based on the writings of Jonathan Swift) The main character is Sheeta and opens with pirates on a military transport who are after a "levitation" stone that Sheeta -an orphaned girl- is wearing which is a pendant around her neck. Sheeta, trying to escape the attack, falls off the ship and floats gently to the earth, by the power of the pendant stone she wears. She lands in the middle of a mining community where she meets Pazu, an orphan like herself. Together they begin their adventure seeking the floating world that is Laputa. Pazu, to validate his fathers work and Sheeta to find her true heritage. We follow these two characters as they are chased and hunted on their journey trying to find the lost floating city of Laputa; Castle in The Sky. Nothing short of five stars and a must see for fans of Studio Ghibli.