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235. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) – Ani-May 2021 (#28)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney and with special guests Deirdre Molumby, Graham Day and Bríd Martin, The 250 is a (mostly) weekly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every Saturday at 6pm GMT.

This year, we are proud to continue the tradition of Anime May, a fortnight looking at two of the animated Japanese films on the list. This year, we watched a double feature of the last two anime movies on the list, Hayao Miyazaki’s Mononoke-hime and Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.

This week, the second part of the double bill, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, perhaps Miyazaki’s breakthrough to western audiences.

Chihiro is moving to a new town and a new school. Her parents take a detour down a dirt road and stumble across a mysterious abandoned theme park. Chihiro quickly finds herself trapped in a weird world of spirits, witches and dragons. She needs to learn to navigate this mysterious setting and maybe find a way home.

At time of recording, it was ranked 28th on the list of the best movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

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One Response

  1. My take on it is that it deserves every inch of praise it gets.Though I love many of Ghibli’s other films (notably ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, ‘Tale of the Princess Kaguya’, ‘Porco Rosso’, ‘The Wind Rises’, and ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’), there’s never been a doubt in my mind as to which one takes the crown. Overflowing with brilliant little details, the film’s world is so rich it’s easy to get lost in and assume that there’s nothing else of substance. That, of course, couldn’t be further than the truth, as buried within is an incredibly mature and thoughtful tale about the modern world.

    In short, one of the all time great ‘children’s’ films.

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