Appreciation: Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away Sets a Standard for All Storytellers

Having recently gone back in time with From Up on Poppy Hill and enamored by Whisper of the Heart, I decided to revisit the film that first introduced me to the world of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. And that film is Spirited Away.

Now actually, Kiki’s Delivery Service was my first ever experience with Studio Ghibli and the genius that is Hayao Miyazaki. When it first began airing on Disney Channel, I loved it. I thought it was fun and exciting and different from any Disney movie I had ever saw. But back then, I had no idea it was actually an English-dubbed Japanese film. I never heard of a Hayao Miyazaki. Continue reading