Ranked #13
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

Alternative Titles

English: Spirited Away
Japanese: 千と千尋の神隠し


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 2001
Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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Score: 8.931 (scored by 225412 users)
Ranked: #132
Popularity: #32
Members: 299,741
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adventure drama fantasy ghibli supernatural


On the way to their new home, 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino's family stumbles upon a deserted theme park. Intrigued, the family investigates the park, though unbeknownst to them, it is secretly inhabited by spirits who sleep by day and appear at night. When Chihiro's mother and father eat food from a restaurant in the street, angry spirits turn them into pigs. Furthermore, a wide sea has appeared between the spirit world and the human one, trapping Chihiro, the sole human, in a land of spirits. Luckily for her though, a mysterious boy named Haku appears, claiming to know her from the past. Under his instructions, Chihiro secures a job in the bathhouse where Haku works. With only her courage and some new found friends to aid her, Chihiro embarks on a journey to turn her parents back to their original forms and return home.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Ogino, Chihiro
Ogino, Chihiro
Hiiragi, Rumi
Hiiragi, Rumi
Natsuki, Mari
Natsuki, Mari
Tamai, Yumi
Tamai, Yumi


Suzuki, Toshio
Ishii, Tomohiko
Assistant Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Storyboard
Kimura, Youmi
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance

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Jan 11, 2011
This is my first review in MyAnimeList, so I apologize in advance if you find the ideas I'll put forward here badly-written, explained or structured.

I am going to talk about Spirited Away (yeah, obvious). It's been quite a long time since I watched it for the last time, more than a year in fact; but I became a really fascinating and influential piece for me at that time, far enough to define my current love for Miyazaki's works, the Studio Ghibli and animation in general as an art and a strong way of expression. Today it's still one of my favorite animated features of any read more
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Dec 11, 2008
When I first saw the movie, I didn't see what the big deal was. All right, so a girl gets whisked away to a fantasy world? We've heard that story before. And, unlike many other movies, there's no dramatic love story or epic battles and action scenes to keep you at the edge of your seat. Consequently, I didn't think of it as being very exciting.

Still, I watched it again and, for some reason, I got it the second time around. Spirited Away isn't meant to be anything grand, with all the bells and whistles. It has a quiet, subdued way of telling a simple read more
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Nov 15, 2013
The very facet of childhood can be boiled down to the very definition of mysterious wonder and awe-inspiring imagination. We’ve all had those moments where we would go off into our own little world of childlike imagination and try experience an entirely new reality different from our own. Films have tried to recapture the atmosphere that resembles this nostalgic feeling of experiencing the journey of childhood that either succeeded or failed. It just takes a man like Miyazaki to do just that flawlessly.

Miyazaki isn’t a stranger to making movies about childhood and things similar of its nature; Totoro would be an obvious example to this read more
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Apr 21, 2015
The pitch-black shadows of a long tunnel envelop young Chihiro and her parents, swallowing them whole; yet this veil of darkness is soon extinguished by the vibrant green fields beneath a radiant sun and azure skies. Soon afterwards, the lights dim; softly-lit lamps begin to illuminate the shadows, empty streets once again bustle with shades, and the vestiges of the world Chihiro once knew begin to vanish. The bodies of Chihiro's parents have been morphed; her own body begins to fade. As a human, she is foreign, left frightened and perhaps a little captivated, accompanied only by a mysterious, yet familiar stranger named Haku. She read more
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Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are visually stunning experiences with a strong surreal underpinning behind coming of age narratives. In both movies a magical world unfolds before bewildered young heroines who must claim a new position within apparent chaos. Spirited Away is more hectic and upbeat while Howl's focus on darker themes such as war and violence. Yet both invoke the same spirit of beautiful natural scenes rendered sublime by Miyazaki's unique style.  
reportRecommended by Nocturnal
similiar style of heart-warming supernatural story with similiar facinating ghosts characters. Touching scenes & stories.. 
reportRecommended by sabgian
Yes, I'd recommend Chihiro if you enjoyed this.
Both are the "family entertainment" kind of movie. Just like every Ghibli movie the protagonist is a little girl that somehow meets spirits and supernatural beings.
Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo's storyline, compared with other Shinkai works, is way easier to follow.  
reportRecommended by xbobx
in both movies, the main characters come into a new world and try to save their parents. this new world has supernatural and fantasy world in which they both try to adapt to their new environments. worth while to check the other out ^__^ 
reportRecommended by darth_lex
Both are fantasy Anime that are really imaginative and filled with fantasy. Both Anime feature strange creatures in a world that is similar to ours. 
reportRecommended by JeremyC
Paprika has the same dream-like funkiness that it seems only Japanese anime can pull off. A fun watch with great animation. 
reportRecommended by 2many_animes

Opening Theme

"Day of the River/Ano hi no kawa" by Joe Hisaishi

Ending Theme

"Itsumo Nando demo (Always with Me)" by Yumi Kimura

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