History Anime / SpiritedAway

12th Mar '16 10:11:11 AM snake300
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10th Mar '16 10:19:50 AM dsneybuf
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->'''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lin]]:''' What's going on here?\\

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->'''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lin]]:''' ->'''Lin:''' What's going on here?\\
9th Mar '16 11:34:44 AM EBsessed
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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: A hilarious scene in which Lin smuggles Sen aboard the bath house's upper elevator. She's stuck on it with the elephantine, UglyCute Radish Spirit. Since she's ''really'' not supposed to be in the bath-house at all and most of the other spirits have already expressed their revulsion for humanity, she's trying hard to brace for the worst while remaining unnoticed. (Not easy when the other passenger is so big that you're being squeezed against the side of the elevator.) Veeery awkward. Luckily, he's either kindly enough or mischievous enough to join the conspiracy.

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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: A hilarious scene in which Lin smuggles Sen aboard the bath house's upper elevator. She's stuck on it with the elephantine, UglyCute Radish Spirit. Since she's ''really'' not supposed to be in the bath-house at all and most of the other spirits have already expressed their revulsion for humanity, she's trying hard to brace for the worst while remaining unnoticed. (Not easy when the other passenger is so big that you're being squeezed against the side of the elevator.) Veeery awkward. Luckily, he's either kindly enough or enough, mischievous enough, or apathetic enough to join the conspiracy.call nobody's attention to her.
9th Mar '16 11:22:38 AM EBsessed
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* {{Shapeshifting}}:
** [[spoiler:Haku, a dragon spirit,]] can transform into a human, and Yubaba into a birdlike creature. [[spoiler:Zeniba turns Boh into a mouse]]. Also, in the Japanese version, it is explicitly stated that ''every worker'' in the bathhouse is a transformed animal spirit.
** Zeniba's paper birds, however, are a kind of paper spirit called shikigami.
* ShoutOut:
** Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to Luxo Jr., {{Pixar}}'s mascot. Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''

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* {{Shapeshifting}}:
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{{Shapeshifting}}: [[spoiler:Haku, a dragon spirit,]] dragon,]] can transform into a human, and Yubaba into a birdlike creature. [[spoiler:Zeniba turns Boh into a mouse]]. Also, in the Japanese version, it is explicitly stated that ''every worker'' in the bathhouse is a transformed animal spirit.
** Zeniba's paper birds, however, are a kind of paper spirit called shikigami.
* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to Luxo Jr., {{Pixar}}'s mascot. Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''



** Speaking of Greek mythology, Chihiro's parents being turned into pigs after eating food belonging to the supernatural hearkens back to ''TheOdyssey'', with Yubaba the spirit/witch/yōkai in place of Circe the goddess/sorceress/nymph. The same danger, just stretched out over a longer period of time, is posed to her parents but, much like Odysseus, Chihiro saves them in the end. Furthermore, her parents' lack of awareness that they've been in the spirit world for as long as they were, thinking it was only an hour or two at most, is reminiscent of the Land of the Lotus-eaters.

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** Speaking of Greek mythology, Chihiro's parents being turned into pigs after eating food belonging to the supernatural hearkens back to ''TheOdyssey'', with Yubaba the spirit/witch/yōkai spirit/witch/youkai in place of Circe the goddess/sorceress/nymph. The same danger, just stretched out over a longer period of time, is posed to her parents but, much like Odysseus, Chihiro saves them in the end. Furthermore, her parents' lack of awareness that they've been in the spirit world for as long as they were, thinking it was only an hour or two at most, is reminiscent of the Land of the Lotus-eaters.
7th Mar '16 4:45:52 PM EBsessed
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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Soot Sprites, who also appear in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', another Studio Ghibli film.

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Soot Sprites, who also appear in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', another Miyazaki-directed Studio Ghibli film.



** Haku in his dragon form, of course.
7th Mar '16 4:38:16 PM EBsessed
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Haku AKA Kohaku]] is in fact a river spirit. This makes sense since in Eastern mythology, dragons are more strongly associated with water than fire. As a dragon styled on Japanese myth he has a wolf's head, feelers like a koi or catfish, a serpentine body and bird-like legs.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Haku AKA Kohaku]] is in fact a river spirit. This makes sense since in Eastern mythology, dragons are more strongly associated with water than fire. As a dragon styled on Japanese myth myth, he has a wolf's head, feelers like a koi or catfish, a serpentine body body, and bird-like legs.
7th Mar '16 4:34:19 PM EBsessed
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Played with. Chihiro already knows the power of names and how they can break spells. She reveals Haku's true name to him while they're at cruising altitude, and the dragon reverts to human form. Luckily, he can fly in that form too.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Played with. Chihiro already knows the power of names and how they can break spells. She reveals Haku's true name to him while they're at cruising altitude, and the dragon reverts to human form. Luckily, he can fly in that form form, too.
6th Mar '16 1:07:07 PM EBsessed
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* MindScrew: '''Big time.''' This was lampshaded by Creator/CartoonNetwork's ads for it, which, after explaining how Chihiro's got stuck in an alternate universe, her parents turned into pigs, and she sold her name to a "crazy witch lady", the narrator goes on to say, "And that's just the first twenty minutes!"

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* MindScrew: '''Big time.''' This was lampshaded by Creator/CartoonNetwork's ads for it, which, after explaining how Chihiro's Chihiro got stuck in an alternate universe, her parents turned into pigs, and she sold her name to a "crazy witch lady", the narrator goes on to say, "And that's just the first twenty minutes!"
6th Mar '16 12:54:53 PM EBsessed
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** Also, by complete coincidence (?), the kanji characters left after Yubaba removes most of Chihiro's name resembles the English word "it". A further dehumanization.

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** Also, possibly by complete coincidence (?), coincidence, the kanji characters left after Yubaba removes most of Chihiro's name resembles the English word "it". A further dehumanization.



** Haku, while having it's own meaning, also sounds very close to the Japanese word for "100", Hyaku. This goes rather well with Chihiro's new name, Sen, meaning "1000".

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** Haku, while having it's its own meaning, also sounds very close to the Japanese word for "100", Hyaku. This goes rather well with Chihiro's new name, Sen, meaning "1000".
6th Mar '16 12:14:01 PM EBsessed
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* LossOfIdentity: Yubaba steals the names of anyone who works for her, thus taking their memories of their past and their real name. Even Chihiro who was in the spirit world for a day had nearly forgotten her name until reminded. In fact, Haku was trying to free himself from Yubaba's contract by remembering who he is. But for [[ThePowerOfLove some reason]], [[spoiler: he was only able to recall Chihiro]].

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* LossOfIdentity: Yubaba steals the names of anyone who works for her, thus taking their memories of their past and their real name. Even Chihiro Chihiro, who was in the spirit world for a day day, had nearly forgotten her name until reminded. In fact, Haku was is trying to free himself from Yubaba's contract by remembering who he is.is as well. But for [[ThePowerOfLove some reason]], [[spoiler: he was only able to recall Chihiro]].
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