Spirited Away is the most famous of the Studio Ghibli films, and most lists ranking all 24 movies have it as the best as well. I recently watched Spirited Away for the first time (it is hard to believe, since I have watched a bunch of other Japanese shows), and I thought it was a great movie.
I finished the movie feeling a little confused, but overall it was a very enjoyable experience. I would say that I personally may have preferred My Neighbor Totoro, but it is personal preference.
Each time I watch a Miyazaki movie, I am astonished by his imagination. He comes up with some of the most crazy ideas, and I would love to know his thought process when filming a movie. He truly is a master, and I’m not able to even appreciate his full brilliance yet. I think that watching his movies with English subtitles is still an incredible experience, but being able to understand every word in Japanese and understand all the subtle meanings would be even better.
I watched the movie on HBO Max, which is the newest streaming service available. I am not sure if they upgraded the quality of the movies, but for some reason it looked clearer/sharper than some of his other movies; however, this could just be because Spirited Away was made later, and I am not sure if it is true or not. Either way though, I would definitely recommend watching Spirited Away if you have not already.
Spirited Away Recommendation Rating: 3
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!