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Spirited Away - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese cover art has Chihiro standing in front of her parents' pig pen looking back resolutely. The top shows a scene of the spirit-occupied fair grounds.
 
Spirited Away - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese cover art has Chihiro standing in front of her parents' pig pen looking back resolutely. The top shows a scene of the spirit-occupied fair grounds.
 
Spirited Away - USA.jpg|The American art keeps Chihiro, but removes the pig pen. The spirit-occupied fairground is now at the bottom, with No-face hanging out, and the scene fades up into blackness. I kind of prefer the American art because the black field causes the viewer to focus on Chihiro.
 
Spirited Away - USA.jpg|The American art keeps Chihiro, but removes the pig pen. The spirit-occupied fairground is now at the bottom, with No-face hanging out, and the scene fades up into blackness. I kind of prefer the American art because the black field causes the viewer to focus on Chihiro.
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Spirited Away - Screenshot - Temptation of Sen.jpg|No-Face temps Sen with gold.
 
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Revision as of 17:03, 10 September 2019

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 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.

Review

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • 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.

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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