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Spirited Away - aka Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

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Jackson Newsome

...the most unforgettable characters in anime history...

Spirited Away
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You are telling me that you have never heard of a film titled Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi? Well, that isn't the title for English speaking countries, but that is what you'd hear overseas (to any Japanese readers: Konnichiwa!). The film is animated, so if that is a turn off then you may not want to watch this. However, the content is not typical of American animation. It contains a deep storyline with the some of the most unforgettable characters in anime history. It's Japan's highest grossing film for a reason.

On the way to Chihiro's new home, her family stops at an abandoned ruins site to explore. Her mother and father soon find tons of food just waiting to be eaten. Chihiro tries to save them, but it is too late. They have been turned into pigs! Soon, she is thrust into a world ruled by spirits and she must learn to fit in so she can one day return to the other side. Her opposition, a witch (who surprisingly has a very nice twin sister), stands in her way, but with the help of a multi-legged man, a maid, a mysterious dragon named Haru, and many others, she must work towards her goal.

No, it doesn't make sense. You just have to see it to experience the brilliance. Some of you who have watched dubbed anime in the past shouldn't fear. Spirited Away has the best voice overs to date (possibly second to another Miyazaki film). The animation is all hand drawn so those who complain about computer animation should be happy in that aspect. This film is based around some Japanese folklore which just makes it more intriguing for those who aren't familiar with it. Everyone in the family will fall in love with Chihiro and I have a feeling that the film will spend a lot of time in your DVD player.

My Rating = Five Stars


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