Spirited Away

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North American DVD cover.

Spirited Away is an animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli and released on 2001-07-20. It was co-produced by Tokuma Shoten, the Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film, and Mitsubishi.

It is about a young girl moving into a new town, but an unplanned detour by her parents causes them to end up in a strange spirit world. Her parents are turned into pigs, and the little girl finds herself in the employ of a witch who owns a bathhouse for the spirits. Everywhere the little girl turns there is danger, but also fascinating excitement.


I first saw the movie shortly after it came out in the USA with my friends who were huge anime geeks. I enjoyed it and noticed that it had a lot in common with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. After repeat viewings, I began to like it more and more.


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  • The whole movie makes you feel frightened, alone, and helpless, but at the same time being amazed and in awe.
  • The backgrounds throughout the entire movie art gorgeous.
  • The character design is also fantastic. Everything is very exotic and unlike anything you'd expect.
  • The locations are very exciting. There is always a hint of danger, and you never feel very comfortable with where you are.
  • The characters all have depth. Nobody is 2D stereotype, even the villains are relatable and interesting.
  • The part where Chihiro remembers Haku's true name is a wonderful scene.
  • The movie has a really good ending.


  • Like all Japanese animation, the frame rate is too low. It's certainly higher than any other anime I've seen, but still far less than it could be.
  • Chihiro is a bit too pathetic at times.
  • The movie gets a little dull near the end when Chihiro goes to visit Zeniba.


  • Nothing.


Cover Art


Fan Art


Trailer, Japan.
Trailer, USA.


Strong female character?Pass
Bechdel test?Pass
Strong person of color character?Pass
Queer character?Fail


Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Spirited Away
Japanese 千と千尋の神隠し Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away


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