Spirited Away, Volume 1

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As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods.

Ten-year-old Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home. Dad takes a wrong turn, though, and they become lost in a forest. Eventually they find their way to a strange abandoned amusement park. Chihiro wanders off. As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods. A mysterious boy, Haku, tells her that to survive Chihiro must find work. She ...

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Overview

As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods.

Ten-year-old Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home. Dad takes a wrong turn, though, and they become lost in a forest. Eventually they find their way to a strange abandoned amusement park. Chihiro wanders off. As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods. A mysterious boy, Haku, tells her that to survive Chihiro must find work. She must go down to the boiler room and seek out an old man named Kamaji...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This full-color manga adaptation of Miyasaki's Academy Award-winning animated film stands on its own as an exceptional work of comics art. Chihiro, a 10-year-old-girl, is being taken by her parents to their new suburban neighborhood. They take a wrong turn off the highway, discover what looks to be an abandoned theme park and decide to explore it. Her parents smell food cooking and take off looking for something to eat, and that's where their troubles begin. Chihiro finds them gobbling up food in an deserted restaurant, turned into pigs, and she realizes they are trapped in a magical place of ghosts, spirits and demons. Chihiro is discovered by Haku, a boy with magical powers, who promises to help rescue her parents and find a way back to the real world. But first, he sends Chihiro to get a job at Abura-ya, a mystical bathhouse for the spirits run by a witch. At Abura-ya, readers meet a strange crew of workers and the colorful spirit forms who come there to rest. The classic tale also introduces a six-armed man who runs the boiler room; a woman laborer who befriends Chihiro; and many fantastic creatures. This five-volume "film comic" was meticulously created by scanning 35mm prints of the animated film and then ingeniously recomposing them into comics panels. The book's luxuriant illustrations seem even more saturated with color, detail and atmosphere than the film. It's a beautiful and engaging fantasy aimed at kids but likely to charm readers of any age. (June) FYI: The ISBN above is for Vol. 1. The other volumes' ISBNs are as follows: -792-5 (Vol. 2); -793-3 (Vol. 3); -794-1 (Vol. 4); -795-X (Vol. 5). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569317914
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Series: Spirited Away Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 303,825
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award┬« for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausica├Ą of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Spirited Away Review

    I saw the anime version that i really enjoyed but i didnt like the manga version. It was very very slow paced and didnt really capture the action. In each panel that girl had moved about a foot. I also find having to look into the back for sound effects too tedious. If you have a choice, rent the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    HAYAO MIYAZAKI DONE IT AGAIN!

    His movie of SPIRITED AWAY has EXPIRED ME TO WATCH 100s of times until i have memorized the whole thing. Thanks to him, he's the greatest animator of all time and i also like to read and read all of his books. A GOOD OLD 5 STAR for him. THANK YOU HAYAO MIYAZAKI!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Breathtaking...

    I have never even heard of Miyazaki before (yes, all you anime lovers, gasp), and I usually do not like anime of any kind. But this is a total exception. Spirited Away is a wonderful, fantastic story that, to me, is extremely moving. (New paragraph here- BN doesn't show paragraphs, for some reason.) I didn't expect Spirited Away to amount to much in the first place, though- that was my animosity-to-generally-all-anime-films showing. In fact, I didn't expect to like Spirited Away at all; the only reason I *did* watch it was because someone gave the DVD to my little sister as an Easter gift, and she wanted to watch it, so I watched it along with her. (New paragraph) Boy, was I wrong in my opinions about Spirited Away. The plot, which I had expected to be cheesy, wasn't cheesy at all- instead, it was full of twists and turns. The characters, which I supposed were empty and fake, like those anime series on TV *cough* Sailor Moon *cough* turned out to be full of personality, like a real human being. And I was totally awed by all the little actions which aren't really all that important but add to the realistic quality of the film- like when Chihiro is putting on her shoes. Not a very important scene, to be sure, but the details of her making the shoes snug and tight, just like any real kid, really made me appreciate the film. And also, of course, the filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki. (New paragraph) Simply put, I just love this film, and it will stay forever in my archive of 'Best Film Ever.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Spirited Away Is the Best Movie Ever Along With Princess Mononoke

    I've already seen Spirited Away twice in theaters, and this is a must-see movie for anyone. This book offers high quality images from the film, and will satsify anybody's tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    THE BEST!

    I read this book in the store about five times and still couldn't put it down. it is the greatest! if you love anime, good plots, and want something sutible for all ages. THIS IS IT!

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