This review is about an awesome and famous anime, Spirited Away. Spirited Away is an award-winning movie, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The pieces of music are composed by Joe Hisaishi, and the song by Yumi Kimura. This is an amazing movie, and let me tell you more about it!
10-year-old Chihiro Ogino and her family are moving house, to a small village, in the middle of nowhere. Chihiro, the spoilt only daughter of the family, is extremely unhappy about moving away from the neighbourhood and friends she has always known. The family gets lost on the way to their house, and discover a mysterious, creepy tunnel, with a weird stone statue in front of it. Her parents decide to explore it. Chihiro, though she has an extreme foreboding about it, decides to follow them.
They find a small village full of abandoned buildings, which, strangely enough are all restaurants. They find some delicious food in one of the seemingly abandoned restaurants. Her parents, who decide that it would do for their lunch, try getting Chihiro to eat it too. She refuses to. Her sense of foreboding is mounting……
She decides to explore it. She finds a bridge, leading to a strange old building. Suddenly, a boy of around her age comes out of the building, and urgently tells her to get out of the village, fast, before nightfall. It was already dusk. Alarmed, Chihiro runs to get her parents, when suddenly the buildings around her come to life. It was night-time…..
The restaurants are full of …….. spirits, opening the restaurants for the night. She runs to her parents, only to find, that they ate so much, that they turned into…….. pigs. She screams and runs to the edge of the village, where that boy finds her and gives her instructions, to get a job here. It is the only way she can stay, and rescue her parents. The boy says, his name is Haku. On his instructions, she meets a kind old boiler man, named Kamaji, who helps her to get a job. The strange old building is a bath house for the spirits. The spirit world, is ruled over by a miserly witch called Yubaba. Chihiro manages to get a job from her, with great difficulty. After she got her job, an old river spirit comes there, and a demon called No-face starts wreaking havoc on the bath house. Yubaba has taken control of her name, and she is bound to her forever, unless she manages to remember her own name. Meanwhile, Haku has a secret to hide……..
Haku suddenly got injured, due to doing something he shouldn’t have, and now his life is also in danger…..
The lives of her loved ones are, quite literally, placed in her hands. Can she find the courage, inside herself, to save them all??
Spirited Away is a beautiful movie, with a rich variety of characters, and some hilarious parts. The animation was good, and the storyline was just the right mixture of adventure, joy, creepiness and sadness. I, for one, loved this movie. My favourite character is Kamaji, on account of him being so kind. Who is yours??
The story is really sweet, and if you like something mystical and adventurous, then this is perfect for you. It is perfect to cheer you up on a rainy day. It has extremely good music too. It made Chihiro selfless and she opened her eyes to the beauty of the world. It made her realize how lucky she was.
This movie is perfect for 8+ year olds.
I give this movie five stars!