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Spirited Away: Why Should Every Child Watch It Once in a Lifetime?

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Spirited Away is the favorite of every child from a young age to see Ghibli cartoons. Founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Ghibli Studio is considered one of the monuments of Asian animation.

If you are a Fan of Ghibli animations, then surely you can’t ignore the collection of favorite films including Spirited Away (2001), Ponyo movie (2008), and Howl’s Moving Castle. (2004), … In which Spirited Away is the most impressive movie for every 10-year-old to watch once, the film is in the top 10 highest-grossing animated films in Japan. Spirited Away Box Set by Hayao Miyazaki includes fine series Spirited Away # 1-5, Spirited Away was first released on VHS and DVD formats in Japan by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on July 19, 2002. Spirited Away Blu ray was released in Japan and the UK in 2014. Additionally, Spirited Away was released on digital markets for the first time on December 17, 2019. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a 10 year-old-girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of Kami (the spirit of Japanese Shinto folklore). After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

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1. Spirted Away – The movie for all ages

Spirited Away is an animated film starring childish, colorful, mysterious, attractive characters, the appearance of gods, witches, magic and suitable comedic details. of all ages. The story revolves around the 10-year-old heroine Chihiro overcame unfamiliar difficulties to save her parents.

Spirited Away - the movie for all ages
Spirited Away – the movie for all ages

2. Innocent and carefree Chihiro character in Spirited Away

The innocent 10-year-old Chihiro is in the car with her family back to her parents’ village. The child’s soul is very sad because she has to move, away from her friends and life is already very familiar with her. The girl and her family went to the tunnel leading to an abandoned village and decided to explore this place. She meets a boy named Haku and is warned by him of danger, but she still refuses to obey and tragedy ensues with their families.

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3. Spirited Away with strange things are about to happen

Chihiro’s father is a bad driver and has a “too bad” memory, driving the wrong way to an abandoned, empty city. Lured by the delicious taste of the food, Chihiro’s parents begin to “enjoy it”, but as a result they violated the taboo of the gods. Unfortunately her parents were turned into pigs. Chihiro tries to grow up and saves her mother from becoming a human. During that unexpected journey, Chihiro meets the sorceress Yubaba. She governs the spirit land and makes a living by opening bathrooms. Yubaba took everyone’s names and gradually they forgot their real names, all their lives working for her. Will Chihiro be brave enough not to forget himself?

Chihiro meets the sorceress Yubaba
Chihiro meets the sorceress Yubaba

4. Love and compassion

When immersed in a strange environment, any child will feel lost. The bathhouse where Chihiro works is a miniature society, with the “mistress” – the witch Yubaba – upstairs, and the staff and customers downstairs. The 10-year-old girl experienced many difficulties while working in the bathroom. She was mistreated by other bathroom workers, and fortunately in this situation she met friends who sympathized and loved the girl. The first is Haku-boy witch, Kamaji-old man who specializes in concoction of herbs, Rin-she, Zeniba-sister who proliferates with Yubaba; Faceless or Boh, … The faceless guy suddenly turns into a demon before the greed of others. The only thing that makes No-Face become kind is to be treated with Chihiro’s kindness.

No-Face (Spirited Away)
No-Face (Spirited Away)

5. The inherent thing has always existed in Spirited Away

The girls and boys in the movie Spirited Away still exude the courageous spirit and intelligence to overcome the difficulties of Chihiro to save their parents; love, friendship, gratitude and solidarity. They are values that will evoke love and kindness in children and paint a colorful world before them. Chihiro has transformed a greedy spirit through her pure, holy spirit. And success brought the No-Face back to his true nature: gentle, likable.

6. Valuable lessons from Spirited Away

In “Spirited Away”,Chihiro has to help a customer clean and bathe. Initially the client has a stinking appearance, the body is like a pile of mud, but after being carefully cared for and cleaned by Chihiro, the guest is actually the farmer clean god. The film wants to tell the kids that humans in the process of development polluted the rivers, seemingly the god of the river has disappeared and turned into foul mud instead, but this is not true. The river isn’t lost anywhere, as long as it is cleaned and disinfected, the spirit of the river will return clean. The gift Chihiro received after helping the first guest was a reminder for every child to learn: if they love and take care of nature, they will receive many valuable things in return.

Chihiro help clean for the stinking client - Spirited Away
Chihiro help clean for the stinking client – Spirited Away

7. Mystery not seen in Spirited Away

Spirited Away has given viewers more insight into human society. The complex social image, the struggles hidden behind a messy bathhouse, the people who are greedy and exploited have both a bad and a good side. The image of Mr. Kamaji with an ugly, disgusting appearance with long arms gave Chihiro the ticket he had saved for a long time. The witch Yubaba exploits others, turns them into pigs, is greedy for money, but loves and pamper her little son, Boh. At first, Rin’s employee refuses to help Chihiro, but then instructs her to adjust to the complex life of the public bathhouse.

Spirited Away has received many critics as a film that helps every child understand how they grow up and outlines the difficulties that the boys are about to face in the future. However, each child will have his or her own sense of the lessons the film has helped them to understand. Spirited Away is a movie every kid should watch once in his life. Have you seen Spirited Away yet? If not, try to take the time to enjoy this masterpiece. Surely, it won’t let you down.

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