The Art of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
Posted by tai on Jan 9, 2009 under Overview, Print, Special

Hardcover, 244 pages.

My second artbook review will be for Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. This book was a nice grab from, $25 shipping included (I added it to my friend’s order so she could get the free shipping quota). Compared to my Clannad Visual Fan Book it’s not as in-depth, but there are a lot of early development sketches, rough line art and unedited watercolour backgrounds which I was really looking forwards to, especially for a production from Mr. Hayao Miyazaki. There’s a certain beauty that is expressed through draft-quality hand-drawn watercolour paintings, I expect Ponyo on a Cliff is following through with that logic.Because this book is in English I can understand all of the captions, however there isn’t nearly as much text as the Clannad Visual Fan Book.

“Most people panic and collapse while shouting, “It can’t be true.” Those people will be erased or eaten up in the situation in which Chihiro finds herself. In fact, Chihiro’s being strong enough not to be eaten up is just what makes her a heroine. She is a heroine not because she is beautiful or because she possesses a unique mind. This is the key characteristic of this work.”

Unfortunately my scanner can’t handle this book so I can only give photographs of the pages. There are high-quality scans of individual images out there but I wanted to show it with all the context. If you like, you can download the entire collection of images shown below (only the images below, not the entire book)

  • On January 10th, 2009 at 17:17,
    animemiz wrote:

    Oh wow.. you got the Spirited Away art book, those are nice. I agree with the art of how the scenes look in the movie are phenomenal.

  • On January 14th, 2009 at 14:45,
    SHIUMI wrote:

    Yeah, I agree, but somehow I like Howls Moving Castle better

  • On April 26th, 2009 at 09:51,
    Nai0204 wrote:

    is this all the art from artbook ??? Thanks for sharing so much, I cuold’t find any website
    Do you have the art of Howls Moving Castle ??

  • On April 26th, 2009 at 18:44,
    tai wrote:

    This isn’t all of the art, I only photographed the more interesting pages. A large portion of the book is just images taken directly from the movie.
    This and the Clannad artbook are the only two I have so far. I’m looking for the Totoro artbook as well as some CoMix Wave books, but I’m not actively looking for Howl’s unfortunately.

  • On May 17th, 2009 at 23:15,

    This book looks damn good. To tell you the truth, I never knew that these existed. Spirited Away was an awesome movie.

    I love early development sketches and watercolors.

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