For a film aimed at such a young audience, Spirited Away is surprisingly profound.
This story's underlying theme concerns the importance of names and promises.
When Chihiro becomes employed by Yubaba, the witch who rules the spirit world,
she has to renounce her own name, which she needs in order to free herself.
Even Yubaba is bound by the oaths she has made in the past.
In the world of Spirited Away, everyone is bound by their own words and names.
This film is gripping from the beginning to the end. From the moment when Chihiro
meets Haku, the male lead character. One reason the story is so captivating is that
the whole film is unpredictable. I found myself developing certain expectations of
how the story would develop, but each time the story heads off in a completely