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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Anime Movie Review: Spirited Away

Hi there! So I have been in hiatus for quite a few days because of school work and enrollment and procrastination that got the better of me most of the time I want to write. LOL

So anyway, let's take a break from all of that hime "gyaru-ness" and take a moment to breath in an anime movie that I have been recently addicted to.

Spirited Away is a 2001 movie by Studio Ghibli, an animation studio based in Japan that also brought us anime movies like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and many more Japanese animated movies popular to a lot of old-school kids especially to otakus like me. It is about a girl who was trapped in the spirit world with her transformed parents, looking for a way to turn her parents human again and go back to the human world.

Spirited Away Trailer from YouTube

The movie is about two hours long but what made me watch the entire film is the interesting character of the main protagonist, Chihiro/Sen. She was this crybaby at the start, who matured a lot throughout the entire film. The intriguing issue of who shall Chihiro trust during her stay in the spirit world also made me not grab the remote and turn off the television. The confusing world of the spirits fascinated me, the spirit world has a lot of gods and spirits that looked very unique (and very funny! Look out for my favorite next to Haku, the Radish Spirit!) 

What I really liked about the movie is that it did not focus on pre-teen love, like most girls at Chihiro's age are focused on. It had a hint of love (Chihiro and Haku) but it did not use romantic actions i.e. kissing and the like which made Chihiro more of a character that girls can look up to. She became brave and strong for herself and her parents during her stay in the spirit world. 

Yes, I recommend you guys to watch this wonderful film (and tear up at the end, like what I did) even though you are not young that anymore. It's an unpredictable film that the young and old can enjoy watching and even connect to, especially that one brave girl named Chihiro.


  1. As a fan of Spirited Away,, I think you'd like Oblivion Island!


    "An animated romp for the young and the young at heart! This internationally acclaimed feature film blends Japanese folklore and storybook charm reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland into an exhilarating tale sure to amaze animation fans of all ages. Sixteen-year-old Haruka is on a mission to find her mirror—a precious childhood gift from her late mother that has disappeared. On her search, she follows a strange fox-like creature to Oblivion Island, a mystical world overflowing with once-cherished items taken from their neglectful owners. Trouble follows Haruka and her new friend Teo at every turn as they contend with the island’s overbearing ruler, who will stop at nothing to use the mirror for his own sinister plan!"

    1. Thank you for suggesting!! The story sounds interesting. :)


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