History Anime / SpiritedAway

2nd Feb '16 8:30:53 PM Gravidef
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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.

** The American ending also hints that Chihiro ''will'' remember some of her adventure; when her father remarks starting life in a new home and school can be scary, Chihiro replies, "I think I can handle it," suggesting that she's maintaining her memories (or at least the confidence she gained from her trip to the spirit world).

* {{Geas}}: Yubaba swore an oath which makes her bound to employ people who ask her for a job. She doesn't like it, and, as detailed in LoopholeAbuse below, tries to weasel her way out of hiring humans, but eventually concedes when Chihiro insists.

** There's also Haku warning Chihiro to stay completely focused on asking for work when she goes to see Yubaba; he knows that the witch will try to distract her, which will put her at risk.

** During the [[spoiler: cleansing of the River Spirit]], Yubaba demonstrates an ability to float in mid-air; given her enormous head, she might qualify for this trope.

* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler:The silent spirit No Face is shunned by everyone else except for Chihiro who treats him with kindness. He later begins swallowing up spirits, and only medicine from Chihiro appeases him.]]
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* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler:The silent spirit No Face is shunned by everyone else except for Chihiro who treats him with kindness. He later begins swallowing up spirits, and only which bloats him into a disgustingly obese, multi-limbed creature. Only medicine from Chihiro appeases him.]]

* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler:The silent spirit No Face is shunned by everyone else except for HeroicBystander: Believe it or not, the Soot Spirits get to be this! When [[spoiler: Yubaba's]] cursing slug tries to escape, the little balls of soot team up to block their tunnels, keeping the creature from getting away and allowing Chihiro who treats him with kindness. He later begins swallowing up spirits, and only medicine from Chihiro appeases him.]]to kill it.

* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler:The silent spirit No Face LoopholeAbuse: As noted above, Yubaba is shunned by everyone else except magically bound to hire anyone who repeatedly asks her for Chihiro who treats him with kindness. He later begins swallowing up spirits, and only medicine from Chihiro appeases him.]]a job. However, she's free to distract, insult, or even physically assault the potential employee; that person has to remain completely focused on requesting employment to counteract this.

* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler:The silent spirit No Face is shunned by everyone else except MagicallyBindingContract: How Yubaba employs people for Chihiro who treats him with kindness. He later begins swallowing up spirits, and only medicine her bathhouse--she literally rips their signature from Chihiro appeases him.]]the paper.

** The AfterlifeExpress used to go both ways now it only goes one.
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** The AfterlifeExpress used to go both ways ways; now it only goes one.
12th Jan '16 8:50:15 PM Emperor_Oshron
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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 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.
26th Nov '15 3:34:28 PM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. Lampshaded examples were moved to Lame Pun Reaction.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Zeniba's "ow, a paper cut!"

* NotAllowedToGrowUp: A supernatural reason for this one. It's implied that Yubaba's coddling of her son Boh is why he's such a [[IncrediblyLamePun big baby]].
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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: A supernatural reason for this one. It's implied that Yubaba's coddling of her son Boh is why he's such a [[IncrediblyLamePun big baby]].baby.
17th Nov '15 5:44:02 PM apprenty
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** Once implied by Miyazaki that Chihiro and Haku wouldn't meet again until her death.
3rd Nov '15 11:58:13 PM Morgenthaler
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Not to be confused with the Australian TV show ''{{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 ''{{Spirited}}''.''Series/{{Spirited}}''. Or the 1974 film ''Swept Away''. Or that film's 2002 remake/Madonna vehicle. Please.
25th Oct '15 12:58:20 PM lady39jane
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** Haku in his dragon form, of course.
10th Oct '15 5:42:41 PM JCHTropeFan
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* PolarOppositeThings: Zeniba and Yubaba might look exactly alike, but couldn't be more different in personality. Zeniba is nice and grandmotherly but is clearly capable of anger and retribution, while Yubaba is a nasty old woman who is still a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
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* PolarOppositeThings: PolarOppositeTwins: Zeniba and Yubaba might look exactly alike, but couldn't be more different in personality. Zeniba is nice and grandmotherly but is clearly capable of anger and retribution, while Yubaba is a nasty old woman who is still a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
4th Sep '15 6:02:26 PM masterofthehouse
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* ComingOfAgeStory
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* ComingOfAgeStoryComingOfAgeStory: At the start of the film, Chihiro comes off as a lost, yet hardheaded little girl. Her experiences in the spirit world help her break out of her shell and shape her into a polite, headstrong, and confident young woman.
6th Aug '15 7:56:36 AM sorako
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* PolarOppositeTwins: Yubaba and her [[spoiler: less]] malicious twin Zeniba.
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* PolarOppositeTwins: PolarOppositeThings: Zeniba and Yubaba might look exactly alike, but couldn't be more different in personality. Zeniba is nice and her [[spoiler: less]] malicious twin Zeniba.grandmotherly but is clearly capable of anger and retribution, while Yubaba is a nasty old woman who is still a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

* SiblingYinYang: Zeniba and Yubaba might look exactly alike, but couldn't be more different in personality. Zeniba is nice and grandmotherly but is clearly capable of anger and retribution, while Yubaba is a nasty old woman who is still a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
6th Jul '15 10:58:04 AM hullflyer
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* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Zeniba reveals that Haku could only have been saved from her spell by Chihiro's love for him]]. Strangley, this line does not exist in the Japanese version.
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* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Zeniba reveals that Haku could only have been saved from her spell by Chihiro's love for him]]. Strangley, Strangely, this line does not exist in the Japanese version.
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