On January 7, the hit animated series “Spirited Away” was selected by Nippon TV to broadcast the first issue of Friday Roadshow on the occasion of the new year. Not only that, through this program, Studio Ghibli also answered some questions from fans related to the details of Spirited Away, and even revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes information.
1. What was the most difficult dub scene?
Miyu Irino – who is responsible for voicing the character Haku, shared that the most difficult part was when he had to read the guy’s full name “Nigihayamikohakunushi”. It took Irino countless times to complete the dub for this scene.
Haku’s full name makes the voice actor “distort his mouth”
2. How did Chihiro recognize her parents among the pigs?
Not even Ghibli herself knew how Chihiro was able to recognize her parents. However, the studio has suggested that audiences can read a children’s book called Clubart. This book is the inspiration for author Miyazaki when writing this episode.
3. Why is Chihiro’s hair band glowing at the end of the movie?
The reason was because that hair band was the only proof that Chihiro used to work at Yubaba’s bathhouse. Making the rubber band glow at the end of the movie is simply for the sake of highlighting it and leaving an impression on the audience.
Chun ties Chihiro’s hair to glow as she prepares to say goodbye to the spirit land
4. Will Chihiro and Haku meet again in the future?
This is the question that many Spirited Away audiences look forward to the most, but Ghibli’s representative gave a relatively open and not very specific answer: “Haku is the spirit of the river near the house. where Chihiro lived. If Chihiro visits this river then…”. So, whether this couple has the opportunity to meet again or not completely depends on the imagination of the audience watching the movie.
The answer to whether Haku will see Chihiro again depends on the audience
Ghibli replied, “Haku is the spirit of the river near the house where Chihiro used to live. If Chihiro comes to visit this river then…”
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