Lupin filtered through the sense and sensibility of Miyazaki makes Castle of Cagliostro doubly sweet. A nice, calm pastoral painting, these vast gorgeous landscapes and massive adorned castles, a deeply romanticized vision of medieval Europe in the modern day. This would be just as great, if it was just these characters going for a relaxing right through the countryside, taking in the joys and the sights of nature.
And yet there is so much going on. Every scene is a car chase, or a foot chase, or a chase in either a boat or in a flying machine. Every scene is a shoot-out or a sword fight, or some wacky gadget put into effect. Every scene has secret passages, or trap doors, or intricate, hidden mechanisms. There is so much going on and going on pretty much all the time, yet Castle of Cagliostro is a very harmonious, very relaxing film.