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Aug 26, 2011 9:48 AM

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Ghibli has done an amazing job. I just LOVED it. :)
The small nuances in the animation was such a sweet taste! The soundtrack was awesome - well suited, and the characters were fresh and creative. I loved what they've made here! It's so touching, I really want more!!!!! :(

ChihiroxHaku.... ^_^ Cutest!

I loved the characters too. :) The baby was better in the mouse form. :))) The multiple animation in many scenes worked really well.
Gawd, it's a cute masterpiece. :) And I love how they've left instances in the movie for us to think about - like the healing medicine Chihiro got, and the amount of time that must have passed in the real world... It's left us to ponder, so we would carry the feeling for a longer time. I love that aspect. And this is gonna get a rewatch definitely!! =D
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Aug 28, 2011 5:27 AM

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I will never get sick of this movie, It is my favorite childrens movie and definitely in my top 3 movies of all time.

ahh The nostalgia <3
Aug 29, 2011 5:40 AM

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Loved it ! The end even made me cry and I don't know why , It was a great end . Must be something about the music :)
Oct 22, 2011 5:19 AM

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I love this movie.
Never thought it was boring~

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Oct 26, 2011 3:14 PM

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This was a great movie, actually better than I expected.

Oct 26, 2011 3:35 PM

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Good movie.I loved every scene Haku's dragon self was in, I really liked his design and of course the great animation made it even better.I thought it didn't need that twin plot though, I would've liked it more if not for that.
Dec 7, 2011 7:07 PM

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I didn't enjoy this as much as I had expected...
to high expectations probably... and this is one of Studio Ghibli's movies I liked the least... But still very enjoyable... but fades compared to other Ghibli works imo !!
Jan 22, 2012 3:35 PM

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This was a pretty good movie, but I fail to see why it has such a legendary status.

My favourite characters were the fat mouse and tiny bird. So charming.

Mar 2, 2012 10:28 PM

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Epic Movie.

No wonder it won best animation in the oscars.
Mar 15, 2012 4:28 PM

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never a dull moment in this film. but i will admit it was very.....unique, even for an anime. I still think that it"s the best movie out there
Apr 4, 2012 6:13 PM

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Loved this movie, don't think I doubted it at all during the entire film
Apr 15, 2012 3:31 PM

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i had watched this movie when i was seven or eight i remember being scared of this movie but watching it all the way through then crying at the end i watched it again today because i thought about that time and once again i cried at the end this was the first anime movie i ever watched and the best.... and to me i think it did teach a lesson that curiosity kills the cat because if the parents never wandered through that tunnel none of that would have ever happened... i think im gonna show this movie to my little sisters
Apr 17, 2012 10:25 AM

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I am always the first one who talks about flaws in this movie and I still keep my opinion about the ending; I don't like how Miyazaki resolves the plot, it is still, no matter the way I look at it, too rushed and devoid of the inspirational tone of the rest.

With that said, I guess it is difficult to understand why do I still consider it my second favorite anime of all time. Spirited away is simply one of the most engrossing, imaginative and overall fascinating movies I have ever seen. It is a prodigy of imagination like I have never seen, before nor after, and holds so many details that in rewatch I enjoy to analyze, theorize about and put together in the plot; it shows a world of characters and little stories that far exceed the first view in complexity and cohesion (in my opinion), and the movie overall feels like the most personal declaration of principles of Miyazaki, a work whose symbolic and philosophical meanings could be discussed endlessly.

In addition to this, it has the best of the Studio Ghibli in terms of visual wonder, music (I think this, and not Princess Mononoke, is the best track from Hisaishi) and animation. This work is aesthetically, maybe the best, well no, scratch that, the BEST I have ever seen in animation. It has a level of detail, not only in the backgrounds, but in the character design, the gestures, the reactions, every single thing is wonderfully meticulous and at the same time leaves a feeling of naturalness that makes it even better. For example, one of my favorite scenes in the whole film involves something as dull and uninteresting as Chihiro walking with her parents, but the way is it depicted, how she gets left behind and has to take a run-up to reach them, and how this is repeated again, reinforcing this little and insignificant gesture, The care put into drawing these details, that most authors would dismiss as irrelevant, is one of my favorite things Ghibli usually does and in this movie it is optimized to a level that becomes incredible.

10/10. Despite the ending complaints, which become minor in comparison with the rest of the work, this is one of the most beautiful, complex and inspirating movies I have ever seen.
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Apr 22, 2012 3:22 AM

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the movie was very unique to all the other animes i have watched
Apr 26, 2012 10:37 PM

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Dunkjoe said:
Love it, but could be much better.

Especially towards the end, the scenes seemed rushed and incomplete.
3 examples:

Noface (The guy with the mask) stopped chasing Chihiro after he became thin again. And somehow his voice was not explained well. Maybe it was the frog's voice it took over.

Chihiro said she wanted to help Haku, but it wasn't clear why she made the trip to the twin sister. As in what she hoped the twin sister would exactly do. Anyways, the twin sister couldn't do anything anyways. There was something said about rules interfering but.... not specified. The bug on the seal was also a bit not explained enough, about it controlling Haku.

The rules for Chihiro to go home with her parents were never mentioned before, and the contract Chihiro had signed should be a work contract, not a return home contract, so why is Babaa holding the contract?

Finally, Haku's story seems incomplete. Which in turn makes the whole movie seem incomplete.

Well, the movie is mostly good though. 9/10.

I know that this is probably too late for you to ever see this, but I'm going to try to clear these misconceptions up in case anyone else who comes to this thread has the same questions.

I thought No Face's intentions were quite clear. "I think being in the bathhouse makes him crazy," Chihiro says when she's with Lin, paddling toward the station. No Face is fascinating because he takes on the feelings and the attitude of the people that he's around. That's why in the bathhouse he got greedy (alike everyone there) and self righteous. When he got away from the bathhouse, No Face's demeanor switched, thus making him have no intention to rampantly chase down Chihiro. As for his voice, I thought it was obvious that he was borrowing his voice from the toad. He only gained a voice when he consumed him, and it was the same voice actor.

Once again, I thought her intentions when she went to see Zeniba were clear as day. Chihiro was under the impression that Zeniba put a terrible curse on Haku because he stole her gold seal. She went to return the seal and apologize for Haku's actions, so that in return she would lift the curse. Obviously that's not how things were, but that's why she went. I think it's explained in the scene where Chihiro is talking to Kimaji.

Yubaba essentially owned Chihiro, thus making her unable to return home. That's why she was holding the contract.

It would be nice to have a little bit more on Haku's back story, but the movie was already passed 2h's long, so it's fine without imo. Kimaji explains to Chihiro -- right before she leaves -- how Haku got into Yubaba's hands. If anything, in the English dub they should have explained the relevance of the spirits and Gods. I don't really think they should have, because it would have taken away from the movie & I have no idea where they'd fit that in, but what people have to understand when watching this movie is that a lot of Japanese people believe that everything has a God. So you see that radish over there? It's got a God. You see that forest? It's got a God. You see that river? It's got a God. So basically Haku was the God of the Kohaku River. That's why he knew Chihiro, blah, blah, and the rest is history. So even though I thought that it'd be nice to have a little bit more of an understanding on Haku, I think they explained his character well enough.


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Jun 19, 2012 9:27 AM

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I give a 10 out of 10. (actually 9,6)

I liked every second I watched.
I can say I feel like a kid when I saw this kind of movie!
>‿<!! This made my mind blow away!! >‿<!! >‿<!!
Jun 30, 2012 1:38 AM

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One of the best anime movies thus far.
Jul 10, 2012 5:48 PM

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Awesome movie. It had been long since I last watched but it was still great.
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Jul 16, 2012 12:32 PM

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I think this was an original movie, but I don't get how this was the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. Some things in the movie were just weak.

However the art was amazing and the story was simple but charming. No Face was my favourite character and it would have been nice if he was given more purpose or backstory.

8/10 at most for me.
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Aug 11, 2012 1:44 PM

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Great movie, it was a nice story full of good elements bound together!

The ending was quite nice and the fact that time still proceeded was interesting "scene with the car being dusty and having leaves and branches on top" it was also nice to see that she still had that special hair band!

I really enjoyed it and give this a 5/5 - 9/10
Aug 16, 2012 6:42 PM

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I loved it!
The story was amazing and the animation blew me away!


Aug 18, 2012 5:12 AM

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Re-watched this yesterday. Loved it once again! =)
Aug 21, 2012 3:29 AM

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Well I guess it's not too bad
Nov 20, 2012 9:30 AM

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Ah.. one of my favorite movies. I used to watch it all the time as a child.
This was always my reaction to the ending:
Dec 12, 2012 1:09 PM

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that was really good, it just got better and better, i am really happy i watched it now

9/10 or a 10/10 me thinks
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Jan 13, 2013 11:12 AM

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I dont why I didnt watch this earlier. Loved it like all the other ghibli films.
Jul 8, 2013 4:04 AM

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Can't believe i took SO LONG to watch this..
It was excellent, the characters, the world, OST and the animation was just so good!

Wish we could see more of this world and explore about the characters.

But the ending was kinda sudden and ended rather abruptly..i think, i don't like that there wasn't a proper goodbye to Lin and Kamajii..

For being a 2hour movie this felt like 3hours to me!
Really enjoyed it.

Aug 1, 2013 9:50 AM

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It's been in my list for about 3 years and finally I watched it.
Really great movie.. I can't say it's perfect but it delivers well for me.
Probably, best Ghibli movie I've seen so far.. 9/10

And oh, No Face FTW!! :D
Sep 2, 2013 3:46 PM

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Nice movie, but far from being "the best movie ever made" or stuff like that. I actually liked Princess Mononoke more. Still have to watch most of the other movies, so let's see which one ends up as the best..
Sep 8, 2013 6:26 AM

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I enjoyed it a lot, but I didn't analyze it enough to give it a rating.

One question though: why did Haku steal that charm or whatever? Maybe I wasn't paying attention.
Oct 12, 2013 11:54 AM

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You know there is a lot more to this film than some think. Ever wonder: will Haku and Chihiro ever meet again? Well, it's open to interpretation, but I believe it's answered in the first line of the film:

There are a lot of small details people overlook, this movie is magnificently crafted. It will always remain one of my favorite anime films.
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Nov 30, 2013 3:23 PM

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This was one of those things that I question to myself: "Why haven't I watched this yet?" Amazing from start to finish.
Dec 10, 2013 5:51 PM

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It feels like if I grew up in Japan and knew Japanese cutler and religion I would have understood and appreciated this movie way more. That's why I felt they could have done a better job explaining what everything meant.
Dec 28, 2013 5:21 AM

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Fine and enjoyable, yet weird .. its a 1 time movie..
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Dec 30, 2013 1:58 AM

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What a journey! Fun stuff.
Dec 30, 2013 8:40 PM

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Kaonashi is so cute
Apr 12, 2014 2:08 AM

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An amazing work of art. I really enjoyed it. ^__^
That thing she gave her is still in her hair, huh? (:
May 4, 2014 2:47 PM

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This gets a 7/10 from me. Lighthearted movies aren't really my thing anymore. I would've enjoyed this far more when I was younger.
May 15, 2014 7:23 AM

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I've seen this movie a long time ago but couldn't remember the title. It's good to refresh your memory once in a while. As always Miyazaki delivers the good stuff.
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May 16, 2014 2:22 PM

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I think I have just been witness to someting I will never witness again. This was such a beautiful movie. There's nothing that I can rant or bitch about here, just, I love it. I don't know how to put it I just love this movie so much. It's sad that it had to end :(


Ps. ED is one of the most beautiful/sad songs I have ever heard.
Jul 26, 2014 3:12 AM

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Possibly my favorite Miyazaki movie. Absolutely beautiful anime.
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Aug 16, 2014 8:44 PM

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Wow duh... This gotta be one of the weirdest, yet amazing things i have seen so far.
So if Haku's a river, how can he even go back home? like wtf.
This movie was creepy as fuck. Yet somewhat entertaining.
I loved those black fluffy worker things, they were so cute lol.
Overall enjoyable movie.
Sep 10, 2014 1:59 PM

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So awesome movie. I should have watched this a long time ago.

Sep 13, 2014 7:43 AM

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This and Yu-Gi-Oh! Were the first anime I ever watched. Whilst this can sometimes fall into the "WTF, Japan?!" Pile, I really enjoyed it, and didn't really question it because I was a kid when I first saw it. If you're willing to sit back and let it tell it's story, it's highly enjoyable. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a masterpiece, because anything rarely is, but it's a wonderfully weird title to watch. Not as weird as, say, FLCL, but it has it's random moments. If you're open-minded, it's a great anime movie to watch.
Sep 30, 2014 5:13 AM

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That was really heartwarming. . . it feels like something was missing from my childhood, but now it feels abit whole now.

It was really a cute adventure. I enjoyed it.

No doubt.

10/10 for this one.
Oct 11, 2014 4:20 PM

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Wow, this was amazing. This is the second movie I've watched today, and it is the second movie I've given 10/10. Lucky!~

I have one question though. What was up with that hair string she got from Zaniba close to the end? Zaniba said it was to protect, but we didn't get to see when it protected her. I feel like it was kind of pointless, but I might have missed something. Or maybe it just was something to remember them by.
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Oct 11, 2014 4:57 PM

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It was okay for what it was. Wasn't as thrilled as most others who watched it.
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Nov 27, 2014 1:27 AM

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Weirdly good. 8/10

so you think you can tell heaven from hell?
blue skies from pain?
can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
a smile from a veil?
do you think you can tell?
and did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
hot ashes for trees?
hot air for a cool breeze?
cold comfort for change?
and did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
Dec 14, 2014 9:17 PM

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The movie had its share of funny, terrifying, and emotional moments. Chihiro is one brave as fuck child. I just wished for more to know about Haku and Lin's story.
Jan 15, 9:35 AM

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This is the only movie that has made me feel different after watching it the fourth time in my later years.

Before as a child I never fully understood and appreciated the movie. I found it weird and fun.

Now as I rewatch it, my eye's are widened as a discover why this is a masterpiece. Every scene, every moment, every detail is extremely well thought out. This time when I watch it I am fully captivated by the whole new world Miyazaki has introduced. I felt attached to the characters, to the unique world. Although Yes it was a fantasy world where everything seemed to work out - but even so I felt sadness when Chihiro left this whole new spectacular world behind as she resumed her normal life.

This movie really reached into me. Everything was lovable.

10/10. Truly, this is a masterpiece.
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