Questions tagged [spirited-away]

Spirited Away is a 2001 anime written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Do we have any information on where pigs in Spirited Away come from?

Spirited Away has a bath house full of spirits who serve and feed their spirit visitors. And one of the sources of their food are the pigs they keep in pig pens. We know that those pigs are edible, ...
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Did Haku steal Zeniba's solid gold seal under Yubaba's orders or was he doing it for himself?

Chihiro is expecting to meet Haku and he doesn't show up. Then he does in dragon form, but he's not looking well at all. He's being attacked by small paper darts and he's obviously badly injured. It ...
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Why did Zeniba change character so dramatically in a short space of time?

When Zeniba appears in the second half of Spirited Away, she seems as villainous as her sister. Haku in dragon form has swallowed Zeniba's valuable seal, which is cursed, and is dying from internal ...
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Why did the River Spirit give Chihiro an emetic dumpling?

After signing on to work at the bathhouse, Yubaba gives Chihiro a particularly unpleasant job to do, bathing a smelly, sludge-oozing guest who turns out to be the spirit of a river polluted by garbage....
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Does Lin from Spirited Away have a Chinese or non-Japanese name?

Lin's name does not sound Japanese to my ears. It's also written using Katakana (リン) whereas Japanese names are normally written using Kanji. Katakana is used for words of non-Japanese origin such as ...
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Why does Haku send Chihiro to Kamaji the boilerman to ask for a job instead of Yubaba?

In the movie Spirited Away, Haku tells Chihiro that to avoid being turned into an animal she must have a job at the bathhouse. Later, we find out that Yubaba the witch who runs the bathhouse, has made ...
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How could Chihiro eat food in the spirit world and not be transformed into a pig?

At the start of Spirited Away, Chihiro's parents are transformed into pigs when they eat food in the spirit village. Chihiro Ogino later eats a bun while seated on a balcony. ...
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How could Chihiro tell that none of the pigs were her parents?

In Spirited Away, Chihiro is tested to identify her parents from a group of pigs. Chihiro answers that none of them are. Good. But how did she come to that conclusion? Surely it made sense to say ...
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Is there a difference in appearance between Yubaba and Zeniba?

Is there a difference between Yubaba's and Zeniba's appearance in Spirited Away? A couple other sources say they're "nearly identical", not exactly, but fail to say why.
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No-Face's ability

Kaonashi (No-Face) "No-Face is a lonely being who seems to sustain itself on the emotions of those he encounters, particularly their emotional reception to his gifts." In the film, the gold produced ...