Spirited Away is considered as one of the best animated movies of all time. There are many aspects that make this movie a success in the box office. There’s the rich plot written by Hayao Miyazaki, who at that time did not have any script while developing the story. Aside from the rich plot, choice of characters contributed to the international success of the film.
Here are the characters behind the success of Spirited Away:
Chihiro or Sen Ogino
Chihiro is a 10-year-old girl. Before entering the spirit world, she was sullen, gangly, always afraid and apathetic. When she worked at the bathhouse, her name was changed to Sen. Sen becomes independent and brave. She looks after her parents and finds a way to return to the human world.
Akio Ogino is the father of Chihiro whose arrogance started the chain of events that bound Chihiro in slavery. Yubaba, the witch, transformed the father into a pig.
Yuko Ogino is the mother of Chihiro. She is strong not to give in to the whining of Chihiro but she always follows the husband in spite of her objections. Yubaba, the witch, transformed the mother into a pig.
Yubaba is a witch that runs the bathhouse. She has a big head and is always heavily jeweled. She lives on top of the bathhouse having an opulent room. She is strict and greedy not to mention quick to anger. Yubaba changes the name of her workers to control them. This is the reason why she changed Chihiro’s name to Sen.
Haku or White Dragon
Haku is another employee of Yubaba. He is a silent 16-year-old boy that can transform into a flying dragon. Yubaba is using him to steal magic from others. However, Haku is set to help Chihiro find her inner strength so she can survive the spirit world. At the end of the movie, Haku is revealed as the river spirit called Kohaku River.
Zeniba is the twin sister of Yubaba. She helps Chihiro to recognise what was inside of her all along. In terms of power, she is equal to Yubaba. However, she is kinder and lives in a modest cottage.
Boh is the son of Yubaba. He is a huge and spoiled baby. His mother isolates him in a luxurious room surrounded by pillows. However, it was Sen who expanded his world but it was Zeniba who help him escape the isolation by turning him into a mouse.
No Face Spirited Away
No-Face is an enigmatic spirit. He is shown capable of reacting to emotions. No-Face is known to eat other individuals to gain their physical and personality traits. He started to follow Chihiro because of his interest in her sincerity. No Face Spirited Away is believed to be inspired by a silkworm because of its looks and its appetite.
Stink Spirit is the river spirit. It was polluted but Sen cleansed him. As a reward, the spirit gave the food that allows her to purge others of what they suffer from.
Japanese people traditionally believe that everything had a spirit even something as modest as a radish.