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[Review] Spirited Away – My Favorite Japanese Anime

Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl, and her family made a mistake while moving and passed the tunnel. Chihiro feels a strange atmosphere and begs her to go back, but her mother and father do not listen to her children. Mom and dad, who used to eat food set up in a strange place, turned into pigs and Chihiro meets a boy named Haku. Chihiro, who works at a hot spring in the village, works hard and finds a way to bring his mom and dad back to life. Meanwhile, the gods gather at night in the hot spring, and Chihiro, who changed his name to “Sen,” lives in harmony with the elderly Kama and Lin. Chihiro goes to help Haku, who took care of him when he was in danger. When Haku shows signs of losing his life, Chihiro decides to take the train of death with his friends.

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■ Review

It’s old. “Spirited Away” makes this first impression. In the era of the rise of 3D animation, this work may seem an anachronism. Traditional cell animation, characters with traces of traditional Japanese culture, and a typical fantasy structure. Everywhere you look, “Spirited Away” is a few steps away from the trend of the times. It is hard to say that there is no computer work at all. In some speedy scenes, there are some corners where traces of computer work and accurate computational power stand out. However, “Spirited Away” is an old and bizarre animation these days, with sexy, glossy, and game-like animations gaining popularity.

There is a reason for the first impression. “Spirited Away” is the latest installment by Hayao Miyazaki. Hayao Miyazaki walked a long way without looking away from TV animations such as “Future Boy Conan” in the 1970s to theater animations such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Nausika in the Wind Valley.” His way of working is always the same. He prefers hand-crafted methods, loves the color of cell animation, and imprints the motifs of flying and utopia in his work. Hayao Miyazaki’s philosophy of “I always make animations for children” is also a story that has been repeated for decades. His remarks, “It may be his last work,” are also bluff remarks he has enjoyed in recent years. Everything is on the same track, and there is no major change. But it’s strange. “Spirited Away” still catches the eye of the beholder. It moves something in our minds.

Chihiro’s parents, who used to eat greedy food at a restaurant without an owner, turned into pigs. And Chihiro’s adventure begins.

It is not only parents that Chihiro, who has come to stay in a “strange country,” has to save. When Haku, who became a dragon, is in danger, Chihiro tries to save him. And there is affection between the two.

“Spirited Away” is a story about a girl named Chihiro. A girl is extremely ordinary and has no noticeable corner. Except that he grew up with a lot of affection from his parents. The child’s parents turn into pigs after eating food set up at a feast without their owner knowing. Chihiro struggles to bring his parents back to life. It is a story that we met well in fairy tales and folk tales. It is an interesting character to break down prejudice that seems to be a moral story. The hot spring where Chihiro works is a gathering place for spirits. From frogs guarding the entrance to the hot spring, ghosts wearing masks to witches with supernatural powers, unique characters appear. The characters’ cute talent show fills “Spirited Away” with a warm smile.

If you’ve seen Hayao Miyazaki’s animation, “Spirited Away” may not be unfamiliar. Here comes the character of a charcoal sword dog in “My Neighbor Totoro.” The friendship and love of Chihiro and Haku, who later change their names to “Sen,” is like a sequel to “Listen” that director Miyazaki is indirectly involved in. In terms of Japanese fantasy within the influence of indigenous beliefs, the story of “Princess Won-Ryeong” and a child who communicates with the spirit world without adults are similar to “My Neighbor Totoro.” In other words, “Spirited Away” is a form of craftsmanship that changes what Hayao Miyazaki has done so far.

“Spirited Away” contains the old beliefs of Hayao Miyazaki. “Those who do not work do not need it here” is the motto of the hot spring. Those who do not work turn into pigs. It’s a classic labor cult. There are also traces of a traditional belief called the Shinto religion. Strange spirits often enter the hot spring where Chihiro works. Even the presence of a filth god appears, trying to wash away the body’s dirt with hot spring water. It contains the belief of an indigenous belief that the soul is embedded in everything in nature. In the same vein, “Spirited Away” is a Japanese animation that contains the shadow of animism.

In the scene where Chihiro runs on a pipe, Miyazaki shows off his soft yet flexible directing skills.

Chihiro pulls on Gama’s grandfather to get a job. At this point, Chihiro meets charcoal swordsmen (who appeared in “My Neighbor Totoro”) who help his grandfather while carrying charcoal.

Kaonashi, the faceless spirit, tries to lure Chihiro with gold, but Chihiro flatly refuses. But at the end of this warm and exciting adventure, there is also a happy ending for Kaonashi.

Hayao Miyazaki takes the high road to “Spirited Away”. The way animation impresses the audience is not complicated. One of them is the motion technique. Chihiro runs on a pipe located outside the building after a disturbance. Below is the Kamkam cliff. He runs at a quick pace, but the pipe soon bends. The child’s steps get faster. Then they hit the wall as if it were wrapped around the wall in front of them. With the character movement full of a sense of humor, Miyazaki shows off his soft and flexible directing skills.

This is definitely a master’s ability. At the temptation of a spirit to entice himself with gold, Chihiro said, “I can’t take it. This is not what really matters to me.” “Spirited Away” has an aesthetic of simplicity and obscurity instead of glamour. It’s as if you can express the feelings of love in language, but once you spit it out, it becomes meaningless. Hayao Miyazaki gently raises the temperature of the audience’s mind with an animation full of opacity. At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, it won the Gold Bear Award for its “Strong and Powerful Fantasy.”

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