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Spirited Away

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Clements, Jonathan. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2001.

McCarthy, Helen. Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 1999.

Miyazaki, Hayao. The Art of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Tokyo: Viz Communications, 2002.

Napier, Susan Jolliffe. Anime: From Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Princess Mononoke, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2000.

Schodt, Fred. Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 1996.

Team Ghiblink. The Hayao Miyazaki Web. Tokyo: Nausicaa.Net. http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/

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About Haku and Chihiro

by bbluecheese, April 25, 2013

Although this page puts it that Chihiro and Haku share a purely platonic, brother/sister love, this is not true. For one thing, it just doesn't seem like it in the movie. For another, and more importantly, when the movie is played in Chinese, the boiler man (or Zeniba, I forget who) refers to Haku as Chihiro's 男朋友 which means boyfriend. So definitely, romantic relationship there.

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The train

by MadClairvoyant, September 15, 2013

I always wondered why Kamaji told Chihiro that the train used to go two ways, yet it only goes one way now. He could have just told her that it goes one way, right?

Does the conjecture; the train symbolises going to the afterlife, and that our lack of belief has caused it to become a one way trip, make sense?

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by Panojevic, January 05, 2015

When Chihiro and her parents exited the amusement park and entered their car, why was it filled with leaves and branches, just as if they left the car for several months in the woods? I also noticed that the vegetation had grown substantially. Maybe I am mistaken or time runs differently in the spirit world, any thoughts?

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