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It appears that the food was noted as "lamb stomach" (haggis or similar) at the Studio Ghibli Layout Designs exhibitions. The "fins" are where the haggis is sewn or tied. I wasn't there at the exhibitions and don't own the exhibition catalogue, so I can only cite this blog post as source. According to the blog post, the annotation for that scene is ...


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This interview was originally in the French movie magazine "POSITIF" (April 2002 volume). It was translated into Japanese by a Japanese blogger, and I've translated relevant parts into English. Some things may have been lost in the double translation, but hopefully the main points are the same. Interviewer: By the way, where did Kaonashi, the ...


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This is presumably the scene from Spirited Away where Sen has to clean the river spirit. (here's a crappy camrip on Youtube)


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She cannot refuse her as long as chihiro asks. Yubaba also has a rule not to turn down anyone asking for a job and therefore has to give her the job and can't be turned into a piglet as she is under her service.


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There is a scene towards the end where Haku warns Chihiro to never look back until she reaches the outer end of the tunnel. When she's about to enter the tunnel, she stopped for a while and started turning his head around but stopped at the very last moment. At the same time the hair tie sparkled. Its a very subtle scene. Now Haku did not tell her the ...


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You can actually also relate the character of No-face (kaonashi) to a similar supernatural entity from Inu Yasha (S1 EP. 11). There was an episode where a demon Noh Mask was featured. This entity ate all the people it encountered; even though it's goal was to search for "a body that will not rot away, the concept is very similar to the character of No-face ...


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The Wikipedia page has what you want: "Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away" Here, the 千 refers to "Sen". As кяαzєя notes, this is the name Yubaba uses to refer to Chihiro.


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I've tried searching around (in English) for people with this theory: I only managed to find one or two results that mentioned this when searching either for spirited away train station girl or spirited away train station setsuko. That aside, the girl at the station doesn't obviously look like Setsuko. Setsuko generally looks rather small and (slightly) ...


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Some people speculate that It's never stated least not in the movie itself beyond "It will protect you." from Zeniba herself. So no, it serves no useful role (it is possible it was going to, but the showing of it could have been scrapped). Well maybe beyond a "oh my hair tie? I got it from some friends.." type thing...


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For me, it was old money vs new money. Yubaba keeps rushing to make money, accepts tourists etc. Money became not the means to an end but the end itself. Her bathhouse is modern corporation, Zeniba's house is old school mom and pop store. Chihiro gets her first job in a large corporation, gets treated as disposable, grows up... But it is no way to live, to ...


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I believe that it's Mei's sister from My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuki. I've noticed the movies may be linked because it mentioned that Chihiro loses her pink shoe in the river, Satsuki finds a shoe in a river thinking it was Mei's when really it could've been Chihiro's from when she was drowning. She's also seen at a bus stop waiting with Totoro when their ...


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I don't think, that there is a reason given, but considering how much the bathhouse workers, which are spirits of various animals, despise humans, it is pretty obvious, why they don't want to look too much like humans. Most male workers are frog spirits, most female workers are slugs. Lin is a weasel spirit and Kamaji is a spider spirit. Since you were ...


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The train connects to different stops and I believe since it is one way it is to service people to an afterlife based on where one wants to reside.


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It was two reasons actually: Yubaba's oath and...... Big Baby's tantrum! In the English dub, Yubaba said: "I cant believe I took that oath. To give a job to anyone who asks. Ridiculous! I hate being so nice all the time." So yeah she can't turn down a job request but she can intimidate you to change your mind. Yubaba was having fun intimidating Chihiro. ...


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Because Haku told her, but also because she knew what was important. When Chihiro is faced with the Yubaba's final challenge, she is told she gets one chance to find her parents. Haku has explained the rules of the challenge to her, but also told her that Yubaba doesn't want to let her go - and so presumably has told her that Yubaba is likely to cheat, and ...


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The hairband stayed in Chihiro's hair after she passed the tunnel back to the human world. This gives us the proof that it was all real and that it was not a dream.


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When the song speaks of a river, it could be relating to the motif of a river in Spirited Away such as how Chihiro dropped her shoe in a river and she helped to bathe a polluted river spirit. Also, most importantly, Haku is a river spirit. Spirited Away is centered around rivers it seems. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be any other connection between ...


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I thought that No-Face was a newly formed Spirit of Empathy, with no control over his abilities or understanding of the Spirit's Bath House, he took on the characteristics of the strongest emotions around him.


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