I choose Reider’s “Spirited Away: Film of the Fantastic and Evolving Japanese Folk Symbols” as my article because of my interest in the film. I first saw Spirited Away back in 2002, and, since then, I have come to recognize and think about the symbolism and storyline deeper. My database search began by searching for animation; however, animation is too broad of a topic to search through so I narrowed it down to “Studio Ghibli,” which has been one of my artistic inspirations for years. I stumbled on the article pertaining to Spirited Away specifically by chance after narrowing the formats of the articles to scholarly journals in English. I picked this article in particular because Spirited Away happens to be my favorite Hayao Miyazaki, one of the top directors and animators of Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata, films. It inspired me to go to school to become an animator. Aside from my career goal, I am fascinated with Japanese culture and stories. Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away encompasses the history and tradition of Japan through a heartwarming tale of a young girl who finds her place in the world and teaches both older and younger generations a merging of the fantastic and realistic worlds.
Reider begins their article by describing Spirited Away as a coming-of-age story centered on Chihiro’s, a young girl’s, quest to save her parents who were cursed by spirits. The movie begins in a car, Chihiro sulking in the back as she feels uneasy and sad over relocating to a new town. Soon after, her family takes a shortcut through the woods and come upon a temple like building, this happens to be the doorway to the realm of the spirits. After her parents unknowingly...
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...s Princess Mononoke (1997). He could have easily become an antagonistic character, but due to Chihiro’s intervention, he returns from his crazy state and finds his place, away from the bathhouse of course.
Spirited Away’s story shows that folk beliefs and customs continue to thrive within the modern, technological world. Miyazaki helps children understand the roots of their culture and Japanese tradition. Kamikushi, rather than held in a negative light, can be seen as a period of rest from the world for young people who are having trouble and afterwards, they are ready to start a new life. These ideals bridge the realistic world and that of the fantastic.
Through reading this article, I was able to see that through riveting characters, that have connections to Japanese folklore, Miyazaki shows the rich Japanese traditions to both young and old audiences.
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