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Spirited Away: 20 years of world’s fame

Japanese theatrical poster

On July, 20 Ghibli Studio celebrates another anniversary.

Ghibli’s studio became known for world cinema with numerous animated masterpieces, such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and many others.

Nominees of many awards, these films became a golden classic of animation, bringing Japan world fame.

These works became the basis for the whole anime culture. And although the Asian spectator would recognize the style from the tiniest details much faster, the unique Japanese animation has won viewers’ hearts worldwide.

Spirited away is one of Ghibli’s best works. It was released in the country of origin in July 2001. The world acknowledgement came to it due to the release in the United States in 2002.

The film is considered one of the best works of Hayao Miyazaki and one of the most fabulous animations of all times.

With the history of twenty years of fame, the film went through more than one generation of viewers, who in turn showed it to their children.

The animated feature follows a life of a little girl, Chihiro, in the world of spirits. To save her parents and return to the human world, Chihiro is forced to work for an evil witch, who takes away her full name. Working in the magical bathhouse, Sen (Chihiro’s shortened name) discovers the world of mysterious spirits and gods. Chihiro’s new friend Haku and fairy co-workers help her on her journey. 

The main plot is built around the traditional ryokan bathhouses, and the charming characters reflect Japanese mythology. Miyazaki noted that he wrote off the main character from the ten-year-old daughter of his friend.

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