Monday, August 18, 2003


We rented Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) last night. Amazing! The animation was great, but what was really incredible was the story; I'm sure we would have caught more of the subtleties of the tale if we knew more (or just about anything) about Japanese folklore, ghost stories and mythology. For example, I think No-Face (Kaonashi) was some sort of gaki, a "hungry ghost," but the word also has the meaning of "brat or child" (at least the romanji version has that double meaning; I can't find/read the kanji to tell if the two meanings are really different words or not). Either meaning would seem to fit the character. Anyway, it was an amazing movie (even for those who aren't really into anime), and we are probably going to seek out other Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli productions ...

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