|Alternate title : Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi |
Studio : Studio Ghibli
Licenced by : Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Length : 1 Movie
Year : 2001
Genre : Romance - Fantasy - Drama - Adventure - Shoujo
On the other side of the tunnel there was a strange town. In a place that doesn't exist, something impossible happened. A 10 year-old girl named Chihiro stumbled upon a world humans were Forbidden to enter. In a town of mysteries and oddities. Chihiro comes to know much indifference... and a little bit of hope. "Can I work here?"
The strength to live, long dormant within her, began to awaken.
Other Notes : 2002 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film.
Added : 2005-10-30
Synopsis by : shoangore
Last update : 2008-12-13
Last update details : Image modified
Score : 8.8
Number of reviews : 61
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Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2009-01-15
I’ve only seen few Hayao Miyazaki films but so far, Spirited Away would be the one I’ve enjoyed the most. In fact, Spirited Away might be one of my most enjoyed anime films. I’ve only seen the English version though, but I don’t think it’s a bad dub anyway since it’s it’s a studio Ghibli film, although I noticed a few awkward translations. Daveigh Chase’s 10-year old voice is perfect for the role of Chihiro anyway. The movie reminds me strongly of the other movie with a similar setting, the Chinese Ghost Story (Xiao Qian), but Spirited Away feels different with Hayao Miyazaki’s touch.
Spirited Away sells mainly on character development and creative design for the setting, not so much for the plot development. Chihiro is a pretty cute character design, but sells her is her child-like personality in reaction with the weird place that she got herself into. That and the creative imaginary spirit world make the story interesting. I got attached to Chihiro quickly too, her innocent and overtly nice personality makes me feel like cheering her through her various difficult circumstances.
But I didn’t quite enjoy the ending as much as I enjoyed the rest, because everything just went normal. Like, perfectly normal, like nothing ever happened. Chihiro’s little adventure seems to be left with nothing more than a memory, which I think it kind of sad.
I never pay much attention to BGMs but they do help create the mood for the more tense and exciting parts of the show. Spirited Away still uses the old style animation (cel animation) which works with Studio Ghibli style, though it also means there’s much less special effects and stuff. The animation is still good though.
I recommend this.
Posted by : Gen3s1s
Posted on : 2008-05-22
Spirited Away is a forever classic in my book. It's something special that will always be a remembered. It’s the first Studio Ghibli film I've watched and I was surprised, with how beautiful their work is with attention to detail, and many other elements they use to capture every moment of the anime bringing it very close to perfection.
The story is something unique. I've always loved the story involving a completely different world because, you can create many things out of thin air and suffice to say, Studio Ghibli did well on this part. The story can seem rather childish during some moments but, it was to be expected seeing as Disney seemed to want it and, we all know there area of expertise and that’s the kind of stuff that makes me feel rather annoyed. You can expect funny moments and sad moments within this anime and every one of these moments can be enjoyed and remembered.
The characters there are many of them although there are mostly side characters however there also very likable, no matter how little you see them. The main character Chihiro won't really grow on you at first however when you see her face her problems and take them on, those moments will make her into someone who can be considered an inspiration.
The Music is simply brilliant, capturing the very essence of the scenes. The closing credits song suit's it really well, you are however going to be praising the background music more than the song at the end, and it's something you'll complain about but only because you can't get it out of your head.
The animation is unique, with sometimes funny character designs and beautiful scenery with very little effects and that can make this just plain old art. The simplistic designs appeal to me because they manage to do so much with it, creating some amazing things without any special effects.
To sum up I would totally recommend this it's a very lovable anime, one I talk about with my friends and family and something I’ll talk about for years to come.
Posted by : jayou521
Posted on : 2007-12-16
Spirited Away was one of my first anime. I remember my mom came home from the movie store with it one day. It was a pleasant surprise for me to find that such a film exists. After it ended I said to myself, this isn't like any other animated films I had ever seen before . . . and then I watched it a second time.
Visually, I believe this is Hayao Miyazaki's best film. Everything is a joy to look at. The soundtrack of Spirited Away is one of my favorite anime soundtracks. This is one of the many strengths of the film. I feel that this is the best of Joe Hisaishi's works as well.
When the soundtrack and visuals come together, it makes all the little things in the film so much more special. The scene where Chihiro is on the train with No Face is one of my favorite scenes in the film. Something this simple can be so great only because of the connection between audio and animation.
I'm not sure what some of the other reviews are referring to when they talk about the story being confusing. For me, it was not all that hard to follow. Maybe that comes from having seen it so many times. I would give it a 9.5 because of this small issue, but since I can't, I feel it should get a 10.
Spirited Away is a strange and unique anime that absolutely blew me away. The kind of film you can watch over and over again. It sparked my interest in anime and the works of Hayao Miyazaki. I cannot praise this film enough.
Posted by : jamesabc
Posted on : 2007-07-07
When i first saw this anime I thought it would be really good since it won awards and stuff, but after watching it I didn't think it was that great. I didn't like the story of how a family goes to this place where the parents turn into pigs, and where there is these sprits that go to a place to bathe. It is also strange how Yubaba is this old lady with a huge head and big nose. I don't like animes like this because they're too silly.
But I did enjoy Chihiro's journey as she tries to deal with the situation that she finds herself in, and how she doesn't give up during the hard times.
The music was very good throughout the film with the right music at the right times.
Overall I give this anime a 7 out of 10.
Posted by : MoBoss79
Posted on : 2007-03-25
Okay, I will be the Nay Sayer! I thought the movie was alright at best! I only saw the movie because it was getting the same praises as Millennium Actress. This to me was a different version of Alice in Wonderland meets the Wizard of Oz. Granted the people who did this also did Princess Mononoke, but they are on two different levels!
I did however like the fact that despite being in the predicament she was in, the main character was able to win over other characters in the story just from her personality and determination.
What I didn't like was the overall story. To me it was dumb! I didn't get it! I don't want to give away the story, but my parents turned into pigs let me work at a bath house without forgetting them and retrieve a item for the bath house witch. DUMB!!!!
The characters won me over but the story was definately lacking in my opinion! Watch it for your own reasons.
Posted by : TheLaughing_Man
Posted on : 2007-03-06
First thing's first. I should apologize to the artist's who created this because my first impression before watching it was, "This looks like a very crappy movie I'm not gonna watch it" and for that I am sorry, BUT now after I have watched it all I can say is "OMG I want to watch it again!". It is a very captivating story of fun and adventure which almost made me cry.
I loved the storyline how the main character is spirited away to another world where things aren't as they seem, and talking animals is just the start of things.
Very good animation. It's kind of old school animations but for this story it worked perfectly
The music pieces in it where very good. Nicely place in relation to its scene. The sound itself matched perfectly.
I recommend this anime for all ages. It's very touching and you will love it, especially the kids.
Posted by : unknown1003
Posted on : 2007-03-03
I really liked the story, I found it mysterious, adventurous, dramatic, fantasy, romance and a little humor. I think a lot of people have seen already the anime movie and have really enjoyed watching it.
There are some characters that look really strange, like really really strange that you might laugh or find it creepy... The characters are well drawn that you can make the difference easly.
The music really helped build up the atmosphere. It suits with the anime perfectly.
Posted by : KeybladeAlchemist
Posted on : 2007-02-24
I have to admit, when Spirited Away first hit the U.S. I never got to see it in theaters like I wanted to. I went solely on a friend's liking of the movie and just went and bought it. I am definitely lucky that I had. Hayao Miyazaki's work is fantastic and a wonderful, interesting way of depicting the imagination of people. He is a terrific artist and writer and director and this is one of his best movies that I have seen. A definite must see for anyone who is an anime fan. Miyazaki is a genius and his work will always be remembered, in my opinion. Watch this movie!
Posted by : wolfie208
Posted on : 2007-02-22
Okay honestly, who doesn't like this movie? It's a great movie ( a bit strange ) that's good for the whole family. Great visuals and good details. A very, very nice story plot, music that will have you humming along with it for days. It's a really cool movie to wach and the changes in the main character were so cool. The main character started out as a scared little child and near the end seemed to be a brave young women. It has all the things that make a good family anime good. Friends, love, and learning to have faith in yourself.
Posted by : natopa16
Posted on : 2007-02-15
Alice in wonderland comparisons end at the magical door to another world. Spirited Away is animation at its best. Tightly paced, constantly charming and exciting without being annoying or overbearing like every Disney movie since Beauty and the Beast.
The story is not about a girl trying to escape from a bad life, or any variation of that movie archetype, rather it's a story about the willpower and strength of youth, with the typical Miyazaki strong-willed female, though perhaps the most memorable of all his female leads, which is extremely high praise.
There is also a strong environmental message to be found here, lamenting greed and pollution, and so forth.
But most of all, its a visceral thrill with wonderful, imaginative creatures (the multi-armed furnace worker immediately comes to mind) which inhabit the wonder-inspiring Demon sauna, all supported by fluid and bright animation that sets the bar for modern animation.
This movie won the academy award for best animated feature, sure, its just a shame the academy hasn't had the sense to nominate any of his films for best pictures, or best foreign films. But the Academy's lack of sense is a whole other issue, needless to say if he doesn't get a lifetime achievement at some point it would be a tragedy to say the least.
Like most of his movies, this is a perfect 10. Inspirational and memorable, and rewatchable (something few movies achieve for me)
Posted by : glouche88
Posted on : 2007-02-02
A beautiful fantasy story that seems to go nowhere.
Story 6: Based off of Japan’s Shinto beliefs of spirits. A girl enters the spirit world only to be trapped along with her transformed parents. That part of the plot makes enough sense, but as it continues, it gets the more confusing.
Characters 8: There are numerous characters within the spirit world, unique and strange, which makes for an interesting new world. However, their role in a confusing film doesn’t help them a whole lot.
Visuals 10: Despite confusion, the whole film has great style, a lot of personality in the characters and environments, building a powerful fantasy base.
Music 8: A fair track do go along with the fantasy and touchy moments, but not a super helper.
Overall 8: Really well made, but confusing. It’s strange both in a good way and the bad.
Posted by : snowman101
Posted on : 2006-12-12
I must admit I was a skeptic when I first began to watch the opening, but I loved it as soon as our little alice found out where the rabbit hole goes. Chihiro has to find a way to change her parents back to normal. If she can, they will all go free, if not, Chihiro, or shen as the propieter of the inn prefers to call her, is doomed to serve the gods forever. Helped, and sometimes hindered, by her friends No face, Baby, and an odd bird thing that looks like the innkeeper, she travels the land of the gods in search of thee way...
Posted by : mangaddict
Posted on : 2006-08-03
This is not the kind of anime I prefer but even I know a masterpiece when I see it.
Miyazaki films are certainly one of a kind. A little girl wanders into a strange world trying to find her way back. It's been done countless times before but I enjoyed Miyazaki's spin on it the most. It's creative, imaginitive, interesting, and original. I can personally relate to Chihiro because I had a dream just like this when I was her age after eating that wild mushroom...
When I first saw this, I could see the Miyazaki influence but I didn't know this was a Miyazaki film. Chihiro looks so strange. I'm not shallow or anything but Miyazaki character artwork did not match Chihiro. Chihiro has many physical traits that remind me of a baby chick. Someone else must of drew her.
What I find so exceptional about this movie is that there is no visable room for improvement (except Chihiro probably). There is nothing I would change about this movie. It's the closest to perfect I've ever seen. I'm not saying it's my favorite. This movie doesn't really appeal to me. I'm not sure it's something you would want to watch twice but that's up to you, not me.
Posted by : AnimeAnime
Posted on : 2006-07-29
Sprited Away, a wonderful anime that have no doubt about its ability to win so many awards.
Though the graphics aren't as superior as nowadays anime, its story is nice and interesting. Many creatures that appears in the mysterious town, were oddly unqiue, not just some common creatures that were used in many anime. This anime proofs that anime isn't just meant to target children and teenages, because Spirited Away managed to capture the heart of veiwers of all ages.
Beautifully composed, no surprise that it won Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature Production in the 2003 Annie Award. The sound enhanced the event that was going on, instead of being annoying, makes the viewer enjoy the show.
To summarise my long review (guess I have too much to talk about :P), Spirited Away is a really nice anime and have won many awards, showing that this anime is definitely worth watching. I give an overall of 10/1, no other animated movie gets better than this. So, people, remember to catch this animation if you have the chance to as this show is too good to be missed.
Posted by : lightdestiny
Posted on : 2006-06-30
Spirited Away had an interesting graphic style than other anime. The drawings and background of the movie was nothing like any of the other anime I have watched. It is truly a unique anime in a graphic aspect of it. The colours are of another world. The odd colour used on the backgrounds suited the whole anime entirely. There is no comparison to any other anime. As for the plot, it was quite average. More on a fantasy genre which I'm not such a big fan of. But it was one of the better fantasy anime that I've watched. The characters were well presented and was clearly portrayed throughout the film. The voices of the characters suited their appearance as well as their personalities.
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