This was the first Anime film I have seen, and it did not disappoint. Although I thought that much of the movie was eccentric and somewhat disturbing, I only thought so because it is unlike any film that I’ve ever seen before, and that is what makes this movie memorable.
What stands out to me in this film was the underlying messages and morals that this movie presents. It is symbolic of a young girl who finds her courage, strength, and perseverance to overcome all obstacles while staying true to herself. This makes the film enjoyable for not only children, but adults as well. Another theme in the movie was selfishness and greed, as the people only gave No-Face what he wanted so he would give them gold. It also emphasizes Chihiro’s kind and unselfish heart, as she didn’t want any of the gold offered to her.
The animation was incredible, the boldness of color, the way the light created shadows and highlighted the scenes, everything blended perfectly. There was so much detail and precision of the scenery in this film that made you feel as if you were actually in that world.
The eccentric characters had very bold personalities in this film, and one can really get a clear picture of the character’s value and demeanor. For instance, it was immediately apparent that Yubaba was very selfish and only cared about gold and money. She didn’t care if someone got in harm’s way as long as she got what she wanted. Even No-face, who hardly spoke in the film, had a personality that stood out. All he wanted to do was please Chihiro, and he did whatever it took to make her happy, offering her gold and help when she needed it.