Spirited Away

Chihiro is a 10-year-old who's moving house. Her parents get lost, however, in a forest, outside of a tunnel. They decide to investigate, and end up at a 'theme park'. Chihiro is reluctant to go but goes along for fear of being left alone. Her parents find a lone food counter, filled with fresh food. They start to wolf it down, much to the dismay of Chihiro. She runs off, and she meets a boy, who tells her to leave before its 'too late'. She runs back to her parents, but they have been turned into pigs. To free her parents of the spell she must work at the 'theme park', which is actually a hot bath centre for the Gods and Spirits, over coming quite a bit of danger.

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Continuity mistake: To the right of Kamaji on the wooden decking, there are two folded purple sheets on top of each other, clearly visible in the overhead shot when he yells "You sootballs got a problem?! Now get back to work!" However, when Chihiro and Lin leave and Chihro thanks Kamaji, when he says "Good luck," you can see that it is now a purple sheet on top of a blue sheet. (00:27:20 - 00:29:10)

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Chihiro: You don't remember your name?
Haku: No, but for some reason I remember yours.

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Trivia: The idea of having the bath house workers clean the river spirit came from an experience Hayao Miyazaki had when he was younger, where he helped clean a polluted river and one of the items removed from it was a bicycle.

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Question: Due to the Audi having a left side steering wheel, Chihiro's father being brown haired and overweight (rare in Japan), Chihiro having a whiny nature, her confusion of work responsibility, and her parents eating food with gluttonous abandon (all stereotypical American characteristics), could Chihiro have been the product of a Japanese-Anglo American mixed marriage? It would explain that the reason for her exposure to the spirit world is to broaden her Japanese heritage via work ethic, gratitude, maintaining calmness, understanding hierarchy, and belief in the existence of iconic yōkai.

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