15th Anniversary of Spirited Away

We have a guest blog post today from a young library patron and volunteer. In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, 11-year-old Mary shares her thoughts on the epic movie.

Be sure to check theaters on December 4th and 5th to see if Spirited Away is playing in a theater near you, or reserve a copy of the movie or manga at the Handley Regional Libraryspiritedaway!

Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director and artist, made Spirited Away In 2001. It is being re-released for its 15th anniversary on December 4th and 5th in theaters!

In the story, a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro Ogino was moving into a new house but she and her family got lost and they found themselves in the realm of spirits. She tried to get back but saw that the way they came had become a sea. Chihiro met a boy in his early teens named Haku.  To make it so the spirits wouldn’t kill her, he helped her get a job at a bath house owned by a witch called Yubaba.

The Manga books  for Spirited Away are pretty much the same except the fact you can easily stop and look back. In fact, they used pictures from the movie and added text to them. There are five Mangas (in color). They just let you pause and look closer at what just happened. The Movie and Mangas weren’t really that different. I just watched the movie and read the Mangas.

Though some people think the movie is a little weird, I think it is awesome! The fact that it is weird is what makes it so fun. And has a lot of fun magic to it.

Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement and looking to direct another film and that makes it all the more exciting.

~Mary Costello, 11 years old

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