Miyazaki Month: Spirited Away | Bitch Flicks
Many people who love the film, Spirited Away, have expressed a desire that there be some kind of romantic relationship between Chihiro and Haku. Anyway, we pick up the scene where Chihiro and Haku are floating. Do you also find relationships in anime quite interesting? It is no other than the relationship between Haku and Chihiro from spirited away. Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away () is often compared to Alice in up through a dream, the adventure of Spirited Away's Chihiro (Rumi Chihiro sets out on a dangerous journey to return the stolen item and save Haku.
It is fitting that the beginning of the film is about Chihiro and her family moving to a new home, as the major theme of the film is transition and change. She starts out petulant and sullen as she hates having to leave her friends behind.
And right from the beginning, we see how negligent and foolish her parents are, as they let Chihiro roll around in the backseat without a seatbelt and her father drives around like a maniac!
What kind of relationship did Haku and Chihiro have in Spirited Away?
She has her moments of weakness, especially near the beginning when she repeatedly breaks down and cries, but this is a reasonable reaction for her. This is very deliberate, I suspect. And little girls in particular seem to be dismissed and underestimated the most.
Look at the crappy toys they get. The other characters go through a character arc of maturity and change as well, and likely as a result of meeting Chihiro. Haku starts off ambiguously — he confusingly shows great kindness and yet great coldness to Chihiro at the same time. But when he regains his name, and regains his freedom, his cold eyes become warm and affectionate. He starts off as a kind of saviour or guardian to Chihiro, which she repays by being a kind of saviour to him.
Rin, the spirit that Chihiro assists in the bathhouse, very quickly goes from contempt to kindness as she gets to know Chihiro. These three characters who serve as her helpers all have one thing in common — they make a complete arc from rejecting Chihiro to totally embracing her.
Chihiro passes by a mysterious stone statue The twin sorceresses, Yubaba and Zeniba, also go through a character transition. Boh himself goes through a fairly quick maturation, as he starts off as a coddled shut-in paranoid about germs, and ends up happily assisting Chihiro, and both figuratively and literally stands up to his mother.
Zeniba… I have a little more trouble understanding. At that point, she is not only physically identical to Yubaba, but identical in personality as well. So it is pretty jarring for her to be suddenly sweet and grandmotherly to Chihiro when they meet. When I finished rewatching it yesterday, I had more questions than answers. I cannot take credit for this observation, but my mind was blown when it was pointed out how different the entrance to the tunnel was at the beginning and the end of the film.
With that, her name is returned to her and she hastily returns back to the human world. Yet with her new friends, memory, and belief in herself, Chihiro is ready to face the new challenges that await her in her new home and her new life. Like many stories by Miyazaki before this one, Spirited Away is also a coming of age tale.
Yes, her adventures in the spirit world are only serving to further her internal growth, and her problems there directly correlate to her internal issues. She feels lost at the beginning of the film, due to moving, and the spirit world only emphasizes this through the loss of her name.
Chihiro is in constant danger of not remembering who she is because of it and therefore remaining lost forever. I love the characters, I love the stakes, I love the stunning visuals, and I really love the mythology.
Quite a while ago, I wrote the post Manga Mondays: Spirited Awayand in it I touched heavily on the Shinto themes found in this film. Almost every scene has something directly out of Japanese mythology and Shintoism.
The Shintoism is much more noticeable, considering that the main setting is a bathhouse and Shintoism deals a lot with water and cleanliness. And Chihiro as Sen causes a lot of trouble for Yubaba and the bathhouse. After getting lost in the woods, they come across a tunnel with a stone statue sitting outside it.
However, the stone in front of the tunnel can easily be analogous to the sun goddess Amaterasu, who secluded herself in a cave after an argument with her brother. This movie even goes so far as to include what I can only describe as the Japanese version of a cootie shot. All of this is what I love so much about Spirited Away.
Would you miss me if we couldn't meet? Chihiro was beginning to sound possessive. Was she too much to handle?
They won't be in any danger. Chihiro stopped the shower and decided to dry herself off while she was still in the enclosure. Haku then realized that the room window was a perfect mirror at night and he was able to see into the bathroom. He wanted to shut his eyes, but he was too curious and too hormonally charged to do so. Chihiro announced, "I'm coming out. Chihiro stepped out of the bath and dressed quickly.
She spent the next several minutes drying her hair with the towel before relinquishing the room. Then she noticed the mirror-like quality of the window and remembered how Haku was sitting. Half outraged and half amused, she shoulted out, "HAKU! Her anger gave way to her normal nurturing self and she went to rescue Haku once again. As she figured, Haku the dragon was unconscious in the shower and she was unable to revive him.
She was relieved he was still alive, though. She said, "Kohaku River" and he returned to a manageable size. She dried him off and, with considerable effort, carried him to bed. The early morning dawn trickled through the characteristic unclosable motel curtain gap and into the room. Chihiro woke first, rolled over to face Haku, and kissed him gently on his whiskers. The events of the previous night rushed back to her.
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She remembered that Haku, in his human form, couldn't fly and that she learned, luckily, that she had to call his short name out in order to prevent falling like a rock to the hard Earth below.
After they landed safely, she had fun with that idea. She would say, "Haku" and he would turn into a dragon. When she would say, "Kohaku River," he would turn back into a boy. She remembered the sudden thud as she said "Haku" while he was in the shower. Sometime during the night, she must have said, "Haku," because he was not in dragon form when he fell asleep. There he was in the morning, though, with his tail protruding from the foot of the bed, stretching across the room, and coiling around the television.
Gently, she shook Haku and said, "Wake up, darling. We need to get back to the bathhouse. Haku the boy awoke with mild protestation. When he regained full consciousness, he realized where he was.
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Haku was a bit worried. He noticed that all of their clothes were stacked neatly on the dresser and they were both totally naked. Either he should be relieved that they hadn't made passionate love or, if they did, she didn't know what he meant or didn't think much of his performance. She couldn't continue without totally ruining his self image.
You hit your head in the shower and just now woke up.