by Milos Itic on February 24, 2012
The first association when you mention “animation films Japan” is Hayao Miyazaki, no denying about that. He once again delivers gift to the public, work of amazing beauty, with stunning visual and receptive delights and great storytelling. It overwhelmed. I present you the magic of Spirited Away.
Director blends the characters and the environment together. Miyazaki takes pleasure in creating female heroines.
The story is about Chihiro, a young girl about to move into a new place and who feels insecure about the new environment she will be living in. These fears become a part of chance meeting with a strange abandoned dark tunnel that she and her parents find when they reach a dead end in their car. She found herself in one abandoned strange city. She met strange boy who warns her to get out before dark. It is too late for that. However night falls, ghosts are awakened, and then by the time she gets back to her parents they are turned into pigs. She then finds that the path she came from is gone and she is now trapped in this place, her only friend being the boy she met earlier. She is told to get a job at the center piece of the city, a bath house run by evil witch Yubaba. This is a bath house for the spirits and ghosts and Chihiro has to find a job there before she is found and turned into an animal herself, then unable to save her parents.
The story is imaginative and the characters and animations endlessly unique and strange. The characters are dark but likeable. She trying to get back to the human world. Spirited Away is an epic fairytale fantasy. It’s a bizarre mixture of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.