Understanding Spirited Away: Consumption and Identity

Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece, Spirited Away, is an episodic film in which the protagonists’ progress marked by repetitive symbolic quests. In this video essay, Margarita G discusses one of the recurring images or themes that ties these quests together—consumption—both the ingesting of food and the expelling of it.

 

 

 


Gender, Sexuality & Identity


The Symbolism of Food


Anime


Hayao Miyazaki


Spirited Away