The Imagined World of Chihiro: A Psychoanalytic Study of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away


  • Athira A Post Graduate in English Language and Literature, Guest Lecturer at Sree Ayyappa College, Eramallikara, Kerala


Trauma, Modernization, Capitalism, Detachment, Childhood, Memory and Fantastic reality


Spirited Away, released in 2001, stands out as it can be seen as Miyazaki’s attempt to funnel his anger towards modernization, how it affects the relationship between parents and children, the food fetishism, corruption of the society through capitalism, and last but not the least the sense of lost detachment that people, mostly children, face. This paper attempts a detailed study of the Anime and look into the character Chihiro, how she creates a fantastic realm as a means of escape from the real world and how she scopes with her traumatic memory through the magical journey that she takes.