This was my second time watching Spirited Away, and it was even better the second time. I was able to conceptualize the ideas and themes a lot better because I had gotten over the amazement of how intricate and well done the animations are.
Something that interested me throughout the film was thinking about how young Chihiro is and how impressive the things are that she is managing to do to save her family. When reading the interview with Hayao Miyazaki, he answered a lot of the questions that were going through my head. A quote that particularly got my attention was: “This is the fault of adults; it’s adults who are in the wrong shape. Children are just mirrors, so no wonder they are in the wrong shape.” He clearly put a lot of thought into the deeper meanings of this film and it was definitely evident while watching it.
This is one of the few animated films I’ve seen and I was impressed to say the least. This hand-drawn animation really makes the possibilities limitless in terms of imagination and creativity. The bathhouse’s characters were so diverse and so unique that it really caught the viewers’ attention just simply trying to understand what the characters even were. Something else that was consistently impressive was all of the establishing shots. They were all extremely detailed and showed elaborate and quite beautiful landscapes and architecture, even though they aren’t even real places. The somewhat realistic feeling of the animation made the film seem a little bit more realistic despite how imaginative the actual plot line and characters are.
Overall, I found this to be a very quality film all-around. There was a classic underlying storyline about a young girl willing to do anything for “love,” but with a very very interesting and new twist.