You are not an anime fan if you haven’t watched Spirited Away. The film was released in 2001. It was written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away was the first anime movie that won an Academy Award. When it was released in Japan, it superseded Titanic on the all-time charts
The movie captured the hearts of many viewers not only in Japan but also around the world. It boasts of rich plot and developed characters despite not having a script. It is time that you review the casts of Spirited Away. Here’s a list:
Chihiro or Sen
Chichiro is the protagonist of the movie. At first, Chihiro was sullen, afraid and whiny. When her name is changed to Sen, she became this independent and brave girl finding a way to free herself and her parents from the spirit world. She is notable for her respect to elders, kindness towards others and lack of greed. With these qualities, she is respected and loved by those she met along the way.
Haku or White Dragon
There’s Haku, a sixteen year-old-boy who is secretive and mysterious. Haku can also take the form of a flying White Dragon. Yubaba employed him to do deceitful tasks like stealing magic from others. However, he has his own motive – he is helping Chihiro find her inner strength to survive in the new world. He is both gruff and gentle. When he met Chihiro, he recognises her but he does not remember why. At the end of the story, it is revealed that he is a river spirit who once saved the life of Chihiro. His real name is Kohaku River.
Yubaba is a witch that manages the bathhouse. She also employed Chihiro. She is known to be strict and greedy but she is also fair and a perfectionist when it comes to following the spirit world rules. As a way to control her workers, she changes their names.
Zeniba is the twin sister of Yubaba, which is kinder. She has the power equal to Yubaba. She is an important key to the conclusion of the story. Zeniba is set to help Sen recognise what was inside of her all along.
Boh is the giant and spoiled baby of Yubaba. She keeps Boh inside his room surrounded by soft pillows. He only knows what Yubaba chooses to tell him until he met Sen and expanded his world. Although Boh is huge, he is helpless.
No-Face is an enigmatic spirit. What adds to the mystery is his voiceless spirit. He tries to repay Sen for her kindness and the results are unfortunate.
Kamaji is a spider-like spirit that roams around the boiler room. He is the first to see the Chihiro’s humanity, which makes her special.
Lin is the main bathhouse worker. At first, she acted gruff with Chihiro but later on admires her. While in the bathhouse, she became Chihiro’s big sister.
The cleansing of the stink spirit is one of the most memorable moments in the film. Stink spirit is the river spirit that has been polluted. Sen cleaned the river and to thank her, he gives her food reward.