studio ghibli museum
“The forest is ruined, the spirit god is dead. I cannot forgive what the humans have done..”
Elements of Spirited Away
“There are two scenes in Spirited Away that could be considered symbolic for the film. One is the first scene in the back of the car, where she is really a vulnerable little girl, and the other is the final scene, where she’s full of life and has faced the whole world. Those are two portraits of Chihiro which show the development of her character.” (Hayao Miyazaki)
Ashitaka: San, look!
San: Even if they grow back, the won’t be the Deer God’s woods. The Deer God is dead.
Ashitaka: The Deer God can’t die. He is life itself. Life and death are his to give and take. He’s telling us we should live.