Ranked #12

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
Source: Original
Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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Score: 8.931 (scored by 254,181 users)
Ranked: #122
Popularity: #37
Members: 339,783
Favorites: 7,904
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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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Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi is the most successful film in Japanese history, as well as the highest-grossing one and ranks frequently as one of the greatest animation films. The film won the Academy Award ("Oscar") for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, on March 23, 2003, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Bloody Sunday) and is among the top ten in the British Film Institute list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

The film was released on DVD and VHS formats by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on April 15, 2003. The attention brought by the Oscar win resulted in the film becoming a strong seller.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Characters & Voice Actors

Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Ogino, Chihiro
Ogino, Chihiro
Hiiragi, Rumi
Hiiragi, Rumi
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Gashuin, Tatsuya


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

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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Nov 19, 2015
This is like watching a dream. Sometimes when you have those moments where you picture something then you say to yourself that was not reality, the image that came to my mind must be from a different world that I saw somewhere, but not that I can recall when or where. This is like opening a door deep down in your mind and behind that door lies all your lucid dreams and imagination. watch it for sure, you can never go wrong with this.

I enjoyed this very much. You will experience all kind of different feelings watching this; fear, love, warmth..etc
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Nov 3, 2015
Story, Art, Sound and Character: 4.12/5
Enjoyment: 5/5
Overall: 9.25/10 (or 4.12/5)

I'm gonna be direct with this review. Spirited Away (also known as Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, lit. "Sen when Chihiro misteriously disappears") is a masterpiece. I think everybody should watch it, it is not perfect in any way, but it is indeed one of the most enjoyable experiences I ever had.

This movie made me review my way of reviewing movies (did that made sense) in a way where the plot is not the best in no way but the movie is so enjoyable that it makes up for it.


Probably the weakest part of read more
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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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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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