Studio Ghibli finally explains why Chihiro's parents turned into pigs in 'Spirited Away'

19 July 2016 / 3 months 1 week ago

15 years after the super popular Japanese animation 'Spirited Away', Studio Ghibli finally explains something on everyone's minds.

In the Hayao Miyazaki film, the protagonist Chihiro finds that her parents have turned into pigs after eating some food in a deserted town they stumbled into.

People often argue about what the sometimes ambiguous movie actually means: What was in the food? Why did they turn into pigs? How did Chihiro know that none of the pigs were her parents in the test?

Twitter user @0910noncha recently wrote to Studio Ghibli asking for an explanation regarding the story’s underlying message.

She was surprised to receive a two-page reply from a studio employee.

According to Bored Panda, the letter (translated from Japanese) explains that Chihiro’s parents turned into pigs because the transformation represented the greed that took place during the Japanese recession of the 80s. 

The letter also explained that the transformation was irreversible in order to reflect the nature of greed in the real world. The letter continued by saying that Chihiro knew that none of the pigs in the pen were her parents because her mindset had changed following her experiences in the underworld.

It added that the story isn’t about a girl with a “unique heart” – it’s actually about a girl who learned to face her fears by developing a heightened understanding and appreciation of life.

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