grace 🦇’s review published on Letterboxd:
God how I adore this film. Every ghibli film I've seen has this way of engrossing you in their worlds, characters and stories, and of course this is no exception, even on multiple rewatches. There aren't many films, or pieces of media in general, that bring me such pure comfort and happiness every time I see them like Spirited Away does.
The animation and the very subtle world building is so beautiful, and I truly believe it to be one of the best films of all time. However, something I'm surprised I don't see talked about that often, with a lot of ghibli films actually, is the phenomenal score by Joe Hisaishi. Hearing the first few piano notes of One Summer's Day and I'm ready to cry, but also feel a sense of calm and serenity wash over me. All of the magic of Spirited away is elevated by Hisaishi's score.