October 08, 2002
Spirited Away


Spirited Away is an incredible masterpiece of a movie. The art, direction, cinematography, and animation quality were intensely good. Even the dubbing was fantastic, and I very seldom like dubbing.

It begins in a car. And we all know what happens then. Well ok. most of us know what happens then.


"excuse me....i think maybe you've forgotten me back here. could i have some water? it's very cramped. I can't see or feel my toes. Have you seen them? maybe could we move some of these boxes? i think i'm allergic to flowers. is anybody up there? excuse me?....."

Chihiro is a very whiny child. Just like the one in the actual car on the actual I-5 so long ago. And she's bratty. But over the course of the movie she starts to grow up and take responsibility for herself and to save her parents. Even there are some semi-frightening scenes in this movie, it is still one whose target audience is actually children. Miyazaki said in an interview about SA that he wanted children to learn through watching one little girl who is left alone in a scary place and how she counters her own fear and makes new friends. And even finds love with a gorgeous fun water dragon. (laughs. Ah Michele and her incessant and improbable love of anime boys.)

There are so many really good parts to this movie and I don't really want to give away any more than I have because I think everybody should see this movie.


It's even better than Princess Mononoke. It's like a cross between the scary/mystical of PM and the cutesy of My Neighbor Totoro. But most of all it's just a wonderful, wonderful movie. And it's currently playing in the Dome. So go, go, GO!


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Posted by michele at October 08, 2002 11:41 AM

i own this now! i am all over the owning of it. hoo boy. sweet fucking shit.

Posted by: michele on October 14, 2002 08:11 AM

One of the best movies I have ever seen.
I do wish, however, that the American audience majority would be able to appriciate the Japanese philosophies and common themes. I read on one site that said the people felt that the relationship between Chihiro and Haku is "icky."
Their's is what I call an everlasting relationship. (It is common in japanese literature and anime/manga) It is supposed to go on for eternity. As due of Chihiro's age, their relationship is not love yet so much as it is a deep friendship which, when Chihiro is older and more mature will blossom into love.

Posted by: Katie on March 6, 2003 04:33 PM

heyzzzzzzzz!!!i reli reli luv Spirited away you know?its a nice show either!mulan its just a normal wanz!!!gtg.bb.

Posted by: Phei Chein on January 23, 2005 08:07 PM

Spirited Away, to sum it up in about a bazillion words, is a masterpieces full of colorful brilliance, love, hidden deep meanings, and a plot that will literally take your breath away. It's dazzling, beautiful, and the relationship between Haku and Chihiro is something beyond belief--It seems like love in its truest form, the simplest form: the lack of desire, just the happiness of being together.
The sadness you can read between the lines is somewhat indescribable, and its the whole mood of the thing that really brings this fantasy world to reality. I love this movie. Buy it. Fast.

Posted by: Rjina on February 10, 2006 04:48 PM