Growing Organic Characters


In Spirited Away, Miyazaki’s young protagonist Chihiro starts as a whiny, passive child, but the story forces her to grow up or give up, creating a bildungsroman of bravery and selflessness.

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away: Growing Organic Characters, from StoryForge Productions

It’s the weekend. Technically it’s time to be done with work. But what am I doing? Writing an article on storytelling and character growth in Spirited Away! Why? Because I love stories, Miyazaki, and StoryForge.

The article is already over 2,000 words, so it’s time to pull back and start chopping to the heart of the issue. That movie is so complex and wonderful; it’s hard to stop adding to the analysis!