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Spirited Away ("Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi") is an Oscar-winning 2001 film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Is No Face from Spirited Away based on any traditional Japanese legends?

Spirited Away borrows a lot of its side characters from various Japanese legends, although many are also original. One of the most mysterious such characters is No Face, who is perhaps slightly ...
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What is Chihiro's father eating?

In the scene where Chihiro's parents start pigging out, We see Chihiro's father eating some soft, almost gelatinous blob that seems to have fins or something. Is this an actual food item? If so, ...
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What is this anime where a poor girl forced is to wash an ugly guest that's very muddy? [closed]

I remember a scene from an anime which I can't identify. (I don't remember whether it was a film or a series.) It was in the style of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. I watched it about 3-10 years ago ...
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Why are Yubaba's spirit employees froglike?

The spirits that work for Yubaba in the bath house seem to be to varying degrees, froglike. Some seem to be fully frogish, like Aogaeru. While others are mostly human like Lin, and still others ...
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Does the theme song “Inochi no Namae” have any meaningful connection to the story of “Spirited Away”?

The theme song いのちの名前 (Inochi no Namae) is the lyricized version of あの日の川へ (Ano Hi no Kawa e), but it was never sung during the film, and therefore it is only included in Kimura Yumi's first single ...
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Is the girl waiting at the train station in Spirited Away from Grave of the Fireflies?

Chihiro was traveling by train to the sixth station in Spirited Away (YouTube video). When the train passed the second station, there was a little girl waiting at the station. Out of curiosity, I ...
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Did Zeniba's hair tie help Chihiro in any way?

Nearing the end of Spirited Away, Zeniba weaves and gifts Chihiro a hair tie and claims that it will protect her. Is there any indication that this (presumably magical) hair tie played any useful ...
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Why does Yubaba offer a job to Chihiro, rather than just turning her into piglet?

From the beginning of the film, it looks that Yubaba is searching for Chihiro with the clear intention to turn her into animal. What reasons prevent Yubaba to do so when Chihiro suddenly comes to ...
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What does Zeniba represent?

This is how I interpret the story of Spirited Away: The bathhouse represents the society. People work with each other towards a common goal. Every night, 8 million gods come to the bathhouse and ...
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What does the original Japanese title of “Spirited Away” mean?

The original title of the Japanese anime "Spirited Away" is "千と千尋の神隠し". I know that 千尋 is the name "Chihiro" and 神隠 means "spirited away", so the phrase "千尋の神隠" makes sense to me. But what is the ...
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How could Chihiro tell which pigs were her parents?

In the early scene of Spirited Away, Chihiro's parents were turned into pigs. I don't remember how she knew if the pigs were her parents or not. How could she tell?
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What purpose does the train, pictured in the Spirited Away movie, actually serve in the ghost world?

What purpose does the train, pictured in the movie, actually serve in the ghost world? The train does not seem to provide service to and from Yubaba's house. The train's purpose appears to be to ...
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Themes, symbols or hidden meanings in Spirited Away [closed]

The first anime I had watched and perhaps one of the the most memorable for me during my childhood is Spirited Away, produced by Studio Ghibli in 2001. As I revise on my knowledge and ...