History Anime / SpiritedAway

26th Jun '17 12:21:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Not to be confused with the Australian TV show ''Series/{{Spirited}}''. Or the 1974 film ''Swept Away''. Or that film's 2002 remake/Madonna vehicle. Please.

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Not to be confused with the Australian TV show ''Series/{{Spirited}}''. Or the 1974 film ''Swept Away''. Or that film's 2002 remake/Madonna remake[=/=]Music/{{Madonna}} vehicle. Please.
16th Jun '17 3:07:13 PM Seraphine
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** She's also suspiciously similar to Juno from {{Beetlejuice}}: a grumpy old white woman from the spirit world who smokes a lot of cigarettes. Their voices even sound alike.

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** She's also suspiciously similar to Juno from {{Beetlejuice}}: ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'': a grumpy old white woman from the spirit world who smokes a lot of cigarettes. Their voices even sound alike.



* MeaningfulName: Chihiro's name can be translated as "a thousand fathoms" or "ask a thousand questions". Chihiro's name is later "stolen" by Yubaba and she is given the more generic name Sen, which means only "a thousand." Essentially, Chihiro has been reduced from a person to a number in Yubaba's service, and according to Haku, she can only break free of it if she remembers her true name. Turns out Chihiro was the name of the real little girl upon whom Miyazaki based the character, like "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]]".
** Also, possibly by 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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* MeaningfulName: Chihiro's MeaningfulName:
**Chihiro's
name can be translated as "a thousand fathoms" or "ask a thousand questions". Chihiro's name is later "stolen" by Yubaba and she is given the more generic name Sen, which means only "a thousand." Essentially, Chihiro has been reduced from a person to a number in Yubaba's service, and according to Haku, she can only break free of it if she remembers her true name. Turns out Chihiro was the name of the real little girl upon whom Miyazaki based the character, like "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]]".
** *** Also, possibly by coincidence, the kanji characters left after Yubaba removes most of Chihiro's name resembles the English word "it". A further dehumanization.



** And then there's No Face. (or possibly "Noh-Face" referring to the mask he wears.)

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** And then there's No Face. Face (or possibly "Noh-Face" referring to the mask he wears.)wears).



* ShoutOut: Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to WesternAnimation/LuxoJr, Creator/{{Pixar}}'s mascot. Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to WesternAnimation/LuxoJr, Creator/{{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/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.

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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'', ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', with Yubaba the 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.



* TooDumbToLive: You can't tell in English, but Chihiro's parents should really have known better than to eat in a "park" where the signs advertise such foods as "dog" and "[[ImAHumanitarian eyeball]]". Not to mention that they really should have waited to pay before engorging themselves, and they kept insisting that there was nothing weird or supernatural about the 'park'. It's pretty easy even for someone who doesn't read or speak Japanese to tell that there's something ungodly stupid about what they're doing.
** It can be theorized that the enchantments on the food are probably what causes them to engorge themselves, though they still fell for the SchmuckBanquet big time.

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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You can't tell in English, but Chihiro's parents should really have known better than to eat in a "park" where the signs advertise such foods as "dog" and "[[ImAHumanitarian eyeball]]". Not to mention that they really should have waited to pay before engorging themselves, and they kept insisting that there was nothing weird or supernatural about the 'park'. It's pretty easy even for someone who doesn't read or speak Japanese to tell that there's something ungodly stupid about what they're doing.
** *** It can be theorized that the enchantments on the food are probably what causes them to engorge themselves, though they still fell for the SchmuckBanquet big time.
25th May '17 11:58:17 AM Lancelot07
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->'''Lin:''' What's going on here?\\
'''Kamaji:''' Something you wouldn't recognize, it's called love.
-->-- '''Creator/{{Disney}}'s English dub'''

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->'''Lin:''' What's going on here?\\
'''Kamaji:''' Something
->''"Once you wouldn't recognize, it's called love.
meet someone, you never forget them, even if you can't remember."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Disney}}'s English dub'''
[[spoiler:'''Zeniba''']]
23rd Apr '17 3:55:01 PM eroock
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-->--'''Creator/{{Disney}}'s English dub'''

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-->--'''Creator/{{Disney}}'s -->-- '''Creator/{{Disney}}'s English dub'''
23rd Apr '17 12:21:19 AM BillWoods
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** It's also implied that this is why Kamaji was willing to help Chihiro out so much--she saved a Soot Spirit that struggled under the weight of his coal and finished the job for him, proving that she was both kindhearted and willing to work if provoked.

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** It's also implied that this is why Kamaji was willing to help Chihiro out so much--she much -- she saved a Soot Spirit that struggled under the weight of his coal and finished the job for him, proving that she was both kindhearted and willing to work if provoked.



* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with Chihiro clutching her mother's arm while they follow her father through a tunnel. Her mother even tells Chihiro to stop clutching at her, that she'll make her fall.

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* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with Chihiro clutching her mother's arm while they follow her father through a tunnel. Her mother even tells Chihiro to stop clutching at her, her -- that she'll make her fall.



* ComfortingComforter: Kamaji does this when Chihiro falls asleep in the boiler room. Guess he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold not such a bad guy after all.]] D'aaaw...

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* ComfortingComforter: Kamaji does this when Chihiro falls asleep in the boiler room. Guess he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold not such a bad guy after all.]] D'aaaw...D'aaaw....



* DontLookBack: Chihiro is instructed not to look back when leaving the Spirit World. She nearly turns when she's almost left, but with the sparkling of Zeniba's magic hairband, resists the temptation.

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* DontLookBack: Chihiro is instructed not to look back when leaving the Spirit World. She nearly ''nearly'' turns when she's almost left, but with the sparkling of Zeniba's magic hairband, resists the temptation.



* EatenAlive: Happens to quite a few of the bathhouse employees after No-Face goes nuts. Fortunately, Chihiro's medicine makes him cough them up. (Along with everything else he's eaten, [[CrowningMomentofFunny much of which he spits up on Yubaba.]])

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* EatenAlive: Happens to quite a few three of the bathhouse employees after No-Face goes nuts. Fortunately, Chihiro's medicine makes him cough them up. (Along with everything else he's eaten, [[CrowningMomentofFunny much of which he spits up on Yubaba.]])



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The cleaned river spirit moves in a sinuous, looping way that is reminiscent of flowing water after he is outside of the bath house, which [[spoiler:Haku's dragon form often emulates in flight; only natural, since Haku himself turns out to be a river spirit.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The cleaned river spirit moves in a sinuous, looping way that is reminiscent of flowing water after he is outside of the bath house, which [[spoiler:Haku's dragon form often also emulates in flight; only natural, since Haku himself turns out to be a river spirit.]]



* GentleGiant: The Great Radish Spirit is gigantic, but also seems gentle and supportive (through body language - he's not a talker).

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* GentleGiant: The Great Radish Spirit is gigantic, but also seems gentle and supportive (through body language - -- he's not a talker).



** The Radish Spirit is a big, floppy, vaguely obscene-looking example of this trope - as well as TheSpeechless and GentleGiant. On the other hand, he doesn't suffer the social ostracism usually associated with TheGrotesque.

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** The Radish Spirit is a big, floppy, vaguely obscene-looking example of this trope - -- as well as TheSpeechless and GentleGiant. On the other hand, he doesn't suffer the social ostracism usually associated with TheGrotesque.



* LennonSpecs: Kamajin wears them.

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* LennonSpecs: Kamajin Kamaji wears them.



* MagicalLand: The bath-house borders two worlds - the human world (which can be reached by going across the dry riverbed by day), and the world of the ''kami'' (which can be reached by taking a ferry across the still-flowing river by night). The latter is a Magical Land.

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* MagicalLand: The bath-house borders two worlds - -- the human world (which can be reached by going across the dry riverbed by day), and the world of the ''kami'' (which can be reached by taking a ferry across the still-flowing river by night). The latter is a Magical Land.



* MagicallyBindingContract: How Yubaba employs people for her bathhouse--she literally rips their signature from the paper.

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* MagicallyBindingContract: How Yubaba employs people for her bathhouse--she bathhouse -- she literally rips their signature from the paper.



** The movie itself: ''Sen to Chihiro,'' or "Sen and Chihiro," - two different people.

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** The movie itself: ''Sen to Chihiro,'' or "Sen and Chihiro," - -- two different people.



* OddJobGods: There are some pretty weird spirits in this world, such as the Radish Spirit, and the Stench Spirit. [[spoiler:A subversion; he wasn't an actual stench spirit - he was actually a powerful river spirit whose river had been polluted. Still, this does suggest that Stench Spirits ''do'' exist somewhere.]]

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* OddJobGods: There are some pretty weird spirits in this world, such as the Radish Spirit, and the Stench Spirit. [[spoiler:A subversion; he wasn't isn't an actual stench spirit - he was -- he's actually a powerful river spirit spirit, whose river had been polluted. Still, this does suggest that Stench Spirits ''do'' exist somewhere.]]



* RedHerring: The river spirit that Chihiro cleans gives her an herb cake, that she thinks she can use to change her parents back. [[spoiler:She uses half the cake to save Haku from Zeniba's curse, and Noh Face from the bad influence of the bathhouse and the people he ate.]]

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* RedHerring: The river spirit that Chihiro cleans gives her an herb cake, that she thinks she can use to change her parents back. [[spoiler:She uses half the cake to save Haku from Zeniba's curse, and Noh Face the rest to save No-Face from the bad influence of the bathhouse and the people he ate.]]



* ShooTheDog: When Chihiro first meets Haku, he tells her she shouldn't beat at the bathhouse and to run across the river before sundown. The sun then goes down fast. He tells her GetOut while he distracts the spirits. Chihiro tries, but she can't rescue her parents and doesn't make it in time before the formerly-dry river becomes full.
* ShoutOut: Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to WesternAnimation/LuxoJr, Creator/{{Pixar}}'s mascot. Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''

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* ShooTheDog: When Chihiro first meets Haku, he tells her she shouldn't beat be at at the bathhouse and to run across the river before sundown. The sun then goes down fast. ''fast''. He tells her to GetOut while he distracts the spirits. Chihiro tries, but she can't rescue her parents and doesn't make it in time before the formerly-dry river becomes full.
* ShoutOut: Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to WesternAnimation/LuxoJr, Creator/{{Pixar}}'s mascot. Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.



* SpiritWorld

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* SpiritWorldSpiritWorld: The world on the other side of the abandoned theme park.



* TakeAThirdOption: At the end, [[spoiler:Chihiro is given a pen of a dozen pigs, and has to choose which two among them are their parents in order to free them and herself. Her choice? Her parents aren't in there.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: At the end, [[spoiler:Chihiro is given a pen of shown a dozen pigs, and has to choose which two among them are their her parents in order to free them and herself. Her choice? Her parents aren't in there.]]



* TrappedInAnotherWorld

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* TrappedInAnotherWorldTrappedInAnotherWorld: Chihiro's, and her parents', situation.



* UnfoldingPlanMontage: When instructing Chihiro how to get to Kamajin, Haku touches her forehead and we see a preview of the path ahead.

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* UnfoldingPlanMontage: When instructing Chihiro how to get to Kamajin, Kamaji, Haku touches her forehead and we see a preview of the path ahead.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting

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* VoluntaryShapeshiftingVoluntaryShapeshifting: Several characters.



* WeNeedADistraction

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* WeNeedADistractionWeNeedADistraction: Haku covers for Chihiro's appearance.
7th Apr '17 9:23:12 AM crazysamaritan
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* NameAmnesia: Yubaba controls the workers at the baths by taking away their names and giving them new ones. Haku warns Chihiro that if she forgets her real name like he did, she won't be able to escape and will have to serve Yubaba forever. [[spoiler:Chihiro manages to free him by reminding him that his true name is the Kohaku River.]]
27th Mar '17 7:51:52 PM Jayalaw
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* HumansAreSmelly: Most everyone in the bathhouse remarks on the "human stink" on Chihiro, some suggesting it's bad for buisness.

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* HumansAreSmelly: Most everyone in the bathhouse remarks on the "human stink" on Chihiro, some suggesting it's bad for buisness.business.



* 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: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** If Chihiro's parents hadn't explored that abandoned amusement park, and gotten tempted by the strange food, they might not have stranded themselves and their daughter in the spirit world.
** Chihiro lets No Face into the bathhouse, which leads to him wreaking havoc after she rejects his gold. Chihiro then lures him out while going to Zeniba to see Haku.
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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.too.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: PlayedWith. When Haku tells Chihiro to leave before it gets dark, she goes back for her parents. Then she sees they're turned into pigs, but is unwilling to believe it. She runs through the road for a while calling for her parents, before trying to cross the river alone. Haku then tells her she has to save her parents by getting a job with Kamaji, and the Yubaba.



* RedHerring: The river spirit that Chihiro cleans gives her an herb cake, that she thinks she can use to change her parents back. [[spoiler:She uses half the cake to save Haku from Zeniba's curse, and Noh Face from the bad influence of the bathhouse and the people he ate.]]



* SchmuckBanquet: Chihiro's parents can't help but eat the food at the beginning.

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* SchmuckBanquet: Chihiro's parents can't help but eat the food at the beginning. Chihiro resists it because she senses something is wrong with the place.



* ShooTheDog: When Chihiro first meets Haku, he tells her she shouldn't beat at the bathhouse and to run across the river before sundown. The sun then goes down fast. He tells her GetOut while he distracts the spirits. Chihiro tries, but she can't rescue her parents and doesn't make it in time before the formerly-dry river becomes full.



* StatingTheSimpleSolution: When her family first enters the spirit world, they cross over a dried-up river. Haku shouts at Chihiro to get across the river before sunset, or she'll be stuck. Chihiro does try, but it gets dark all too quickly and the dry-river fills up with water, too deep for her to wade across. There's also the problem of her parents being turned into pigs, since she can't and won't leave them behind.



* YearOutsideHourInside: While the audience is never given an exact time scale for how long Chihiro was in the spirit world, the trope is heavily implied: when she returns to the living world, the car is dusty and the foliage around it has grown some.

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* YearOutsideHourInside: While the audience is never given an exact time scale for how long Chihiro was in the spirit world, the trope is heavily implied: when she returns to the living world, the car is dusty and the foliage around it has grown some. The car does start without a problem, however, so it can't have been more than a few days.
21st Feb '17 8:26:38 PM Mdumas43073
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5th Jan '17 4:19:13 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* MamaBear: Yubaba nearly assumes a OneWingedAngel form out of rage when she discovers her son is missing.



* TheMagicGoesAway: The spirit world, being mostly nature-associated, is being gradually hemmed in by redevelopment, with especially tragic consequences for river spirits.

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* TheMagicGoesAway: TheMagicGoesAway:
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The spirit world, being mostly nature-associated, is being gradually hemmed in by redevelopment, with especially tragic consequences for river spirits.
5th Jan '17 4:16:02 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* NoMouth: The Radish Spirit has no mouth and cannot talk. [[SilentSnarker Not that he needs to.]]



* NotAllowedToGrowUp: A supernatural reason for this one. It's implied that Yubaba's coddling of her son Boh is why he's such a big baby.

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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: NotAllowedToGrowUp:
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A supernatural reason for this one. It's implied that Yubaba's coddling of her son Boh is why he's such a big baby.
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