~3.5. You're going to try and resist every inclination you have to compare this to Ghibli, then you're going to see it and recognise exact scenes (the stairs) and character designs (Doctor Dee...or is that Kamaji?) and plot devices (Tib/Jiji), and it's going to be impossible for you not to be left asking yourself, "Is this a commendable homage or a second-rate rip-off?" Ghibli without the soul. But that's still nice.