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5 'Castle in the Sky'-Inspired Bento

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Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 classic Japanese adventure film, Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta or Laputa: Castle in the Sky was the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli.

The story follows a young boy and girl with a magic crystal who race against pirates and mysterious agents in search of a legendary floating castle. Those who've seen the film just can't get enough of its memorable and inspiring characters—as you can see from the creative bento below!

5. Pazu Bento

Sheeta's best friend Pazu looks as good on a bed of rice as he does onscreen! You've got to love his cut-out nori facial features—especially those eyebrows!

4. Robot Bento

These cute but powerful robots maybe able to shoot lasers of varying force from their eyes, but luckily for us the only thing this tofu-constructed robot can do is get eaten!

3. Muska Bento

Muska's desire to take over Laputa isn't as realistic as our desire to eat his devious face!

2. Robot, Fox-Squirrel & Crest Bento

After arriving on Laputa, Sheeta and Pazu briefly encounter a small colony of fox-squirrels. This cameo is a nod to another Miyazaki film. Can you guess which one?

1. Sheeta Bento

"A king without compassion does not deserve a kingdom. No matter how many weapons you may have, no matter how great your technology might be, the world cannot live without love."

Sheeta looks just as graceful in this lovely bento arrangement as she does in the film. Her peaceful appearance here seems almost to cute to eat!