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The Fantasy Continues The Art of Spirited Away collects color illustrations of Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowne The Fantasy Continues The Art of Spirited Away collects color illustrations of Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Features commentary, color stills, sketches, storyboards, and illustrations used to envision the rich fantasy world of the film. Also includes a complete English-language script.


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The Fantasy Continues The Art of Spirited Away collects color illustrations of Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowne The Fantasy Continues The Art of Spirited Away collects color illustrations of Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Features commentary, color stills, sketches, storyboards, and illustrations used to envision the rich fantasy world of the film. Also includes a complete English-language script.

30 review for The Art of Spirited Away

  1. 5 out of 5

    ~Bookishly~

    I read "The art of My neighbour Totoro" recently, and this book is just as good, if not a little better. Spirited Away, is an incredible anime film, and it is definitely one of my favourites. The story manages to touch me so deeply, and no matter how many times I indulge in watching the film, I still become pretty emotional. This book, is not just for those that love the actual art of the film, but for those who love the story being told. There is an interesting, short introduction, at the begin I read "The art of My neighbour Totoro" recently, and this book is just as good, if not a little better. Spirited Away, is an incredible anime film, and it is definitely one of my favourites. The story manages to touch me so deeply, and no matter how many times I indulge in watching the film, I still become pretty emotional. This book, is not just for those that love the actual art of the film, but for those who love the story being told. There is an interesting, short introduction, at the beginning of the book, which was written by Miyazaki himself, and he tells us what he wanted us to gain from the film, and where his influences came from. The book contains all of the amazing concept art from the actual film. Some of the art is so similar to the final film, and I felt like I was watching it again, for the thirtieth time. I love the books in this series, and I love Miyazaki's works.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jin

    I have the Korean edition of this one and I still LOVE it. "Princess Mononoke" is one of my favorite movies and I also liked "Spirited Away" so when I saw this artbook in the bookstore, I had to buy it. It's a large sized, thick book in full color. Everything is arranged and printed in high quality and no space is wasted. It's absolutely full of everything you want to know about the art building of Spirited Away with character development, storyboards, concept arts and comments from the creators I have the Korean edition of this one and I still LOVE it. "Princess Mononoke" is one of my favorite movies and I also liked "Spirited Away" so when I saw this artbook in the bookstore, I had to buy it. It's a large sized, thick book in full color. Everything is arranged and printed in high quality and no space is wasted. It's absolutely full of everything you want to know about the art building of Spirited Away with character development, storyboards, concept arts and comments from the creators. In the end, it also includes a full script of the movie which was a nice addition. I wished there would be more books like this for animated movies! This is not only for "Spirited Away"-fans but also for any person interested in animated movies.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lutchen

    This book was an eye opener. My initial reaction to receiving the book: "Oh my God, I LOVE Studio Ghibli! Everything is awesome (Yes, as in Lego awesome)! It's all so cute." Read book. Ending reaction: "Dear Lord, who the hell knew so much work went into creating an animated film? The amount of rejected ideas and work, the storyboards, the number of COLORS used in his distinctive films... It's all so overwhelming." I've always adored Miyazaki's work, but now? I respect him so much more for his hard This book was an eye opener. My initial reaction to receiving the book: "Oh my God, I LOVE Studio Ghibli! Everything is awesome (Yes, as in Lego awesome)! It's all so cute." Read book. Ending reaction: "Dear Lord, who the hell knew so much work went into creating an animated film? The amount of rejected ideas and work, the storyboards, the number of COLORS used in his distinctive films... It's all so overwhelming." I've always adored Miyazaki's work, but now? I respect him so much more for his hard work, his genius, his ability to fulfill a child's dream while locked in an adult's body.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The copy I'm reviewing is a Chinese version. The English version from VIZ Media Publishing is essentially the similar in content. Some of the English versions end with movie scripts, some don't. As usual, there are lots of beautiful sketches on character design and concept art for the environment. They are all painted in traditional media. The bath house on one full page on its own is just breathtaking. There are only a handful of movie stills. Captions below (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The copy I'm reviewing is a Chinese version. The English version from VIZ Media Publishing is essentially the similar in content. Some of the English versions end with movie scripts, some don't. As usual, there are lots of beautiful sketches on character design and concept art for the environment. They are all painted in traditional media. The bath house on one full page on its own is just breathtaking. There are only a handful of movie stills. Captions below the sketches describe the scene and ideas behind. At the end of the book are is a short write up on how they used computers to composite some of their cel animation onto the big screen. I like the movie very much and this book is a perfect complement to it. If you collect Studio Ghibli movie art books, there's no reason not to add this to your collection. Note that there's another book called Spirited Away Picture Book. It's essentially the movie published as a book. It comprises only off movie stills and the story is written for kids. I actually made the mistake of buying that book before The Art of Spirited Away, which is the real art book. PS - Oh, the soundtrack for the movie is simply fantastic. One of my all time favourites as well. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    For this book I cannot sing its praises high enough. The animated films from Studio Ghibli are world renowned translated in to multiple languages and back from the likes of Walt Disney in their distribution and recognition. The artwork and storyline blend together to form a timeless story which you cannot help be transported away with, from the world of Howls Moving Castle to the forests of Princess Mononoke to the magic of My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Ghibli have an uncanny ability to tell stori For this book I cannot sing its praises high enough. The animated films from Studio Ghibli are world renowned translated in to multiple languages and back from the likes of Walt Disney in their distribution and recognition. The artwork and storyline blend together to form a timeless story which you cannot help be transported away with, from the world of Howls Moving Castle to the forests of Princess Mononoke to the magic of My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Ghibli have an uncanny ability to tell stories like no other. This book written in part by Hayao Miyazaki captures much of the art work used in the film - with explanatory notes and comments. As such the book is sumptuously illustrated with full and double page illustrations. For anyone who loved the film this is a must but it also appeals to anyone who appreciate artwork and the beautiful of a well crafted story told through images.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    This book is stunning. The quality of the printing and the weight of the pages make it feel like something special and well worth the money. The early production sketches and the comments from the Ghibli staff are greatly appreciated and provide a decent amount of insight into the creative process. Whilst the amount of film stills could be off putting to people who want to see things they haven't before, the images look so good on the glossy paper, particularly the full page ones, it's hard to i This book is stunning. The quality of the printing and the weight of the pages make it feel like something special and well worth the money. The early production sketches and the comments from the Ghibli staff are greatly appreciated and provide a decent amount of insight into the creative process. Whilst the amount of film stills could be off putting to people who want to see things they haven't before, the images look so good on the glossy paper, particularly the full page ones, it's hard to imagine anyone feeling too disappointed. The inclusion of the film script to finish out the book was a nice unexpected bonus too. The only problem I have now is trying to put out of my mind how good the entire Ghibli Library would look on my shelf...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    The Art of Spirited Away is jaw-droppingly stunning. I have been a huge Ghibli guy since I saw the original Fox English dub of My Neighbor Totoro in second grade. Miyazaki is probably my favorite artist of any medium. This collection details the tedium and love put into one of the best animated features of all time. It goes into depth about how the animators integrated CG to improve layering and to improve upon the hand-drawn designs and models as well as realistic lighting. This book also include The Art of Spirited Away is jaw-droppingly stunning. I have been a huge Ghibli guy since I saw the original Fox English dub of My Neighbor Totoro in second grade. Miyazaki is probably my favorite artist of any medium. This collection details the tedium and love put into one of the best animated features of all time. It goes into depth about how the animators integrated CG to improve layering and to improve upon the hand-drawn designs and models as well as realistic lighting. This book also includes a copy of the English screenplay, which is actually printed on a less glossy paper than the artwork pages. High praise.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    These two books (I read the Totoro one recently too) mark the begin for of a rather expensive collection that I just need to carry on with, because holy hell. STUNNING.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaśyap

    I wish there were more initial concept sketches and storyboards present...But this is still a gorgeous book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    For Ghibli fans, this is a beautiful book. There are many illustrations from the production of the film Spirited Away. I particularly like Miyazaki's hand-drawn watercolor illustrations of the locations and scenes from the movie. Miyazaki is really skilled at world-building and this comes through in his art. For Ghibli fans, this is a beautiful book. There are many illustrations from the production of the film Spirited Away. I particularly like Miyazaki's hand-drawn watercolor illustrations of the locations and scenes from the movie. Miyazaki is really skilled at world-building and this comes through in his art.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Fong

    Spirited away is my favourite movie/book that Hayao Miyazaki made!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    As much as I adore the movie, unfortunately this book fell very flat. I'm glad I didn't purchase it and just rented it from the library. There is a decent introduction essay by Miyazaki, and a fascinating chapter about the details of the digital animation, but the rest? Backgrounds and character sketches with bare labels and without commentary, and a SCRIPT. Who cares about the actual script??? I wanted to hear more about the inspiration behind characters, especially the plethora of spirits and As much as I adore the movie, unfortunately this book fell very flat. I'm glad I didn't purchase it and just rented it from the library. There is a decent introduction essay by Miyazaki, and a fascinating chapter about the details of the digital animation, but the rest? Backgrounds and character sketches with bare labels and without commentary, and a SCRIPT. Who cares about the actual script??? I wanted to hear more about the inspiration behind characters, especially the plethora of spirits and their connection to youkai. I wanted to hear more about the behind the scenes process. I didn't just want to look at the pretty backgrounds.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies, so I treated myself to this art book and it did not disappoint! I loved seeing the concept designs/sketches and the art broken down in each scene. There’s also a section on how scenes were formed digitally, which was fascinating. This is a great addition to your library if you’re a fan of the film and want to see how the artistic elements developed into the final product. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for the art books focusing on other Studio Ghib Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies, so I treated myself to this art book and it did not disappoint! I loved seeing the concept designs/sketches and the art broken down in each scene. There’s also a section on how scenes were formed digitally, which was fascinating. This is a great addition to your library if you’re a fan of the film and want to see how the artistic elements developed into the final product. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for the art books focusing on other Studio Ghibli films now!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Musharrat Zahin

    A book filled with pretty illustrations! It's so beautiful and almost real! A book filled with pretty illustrations! It's so beautiful and almost real!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Beautiful hardback book. The pages are glossy and thick. I also didn't know it had the script for the film at the back! That was a nice surprise. It doesn't give too much detail of the making of, as the book it made up of clips from the film with a descriptuon underneath, but there are some storyboard drawings in there too. I wouldn't recommend if you're wanting more info for the making of. But I'd definitely recommend as a gift for any Ghibli fan and as beautiful well presented book. Beautiful hardback book. The pages are glossy and thick. I also didn't know it had the script for the film at the back! That was a nice surprise. It doesn't give too much detail of the making of, as the book it made up of clips from the film with a descriptuon underneath, but there are some storyboard drawings in there too. I wouldn't recommend if you're wanting more info for the making of. But I'd definitely recommend as a gift for any Ghibli fan and as beautiful well presented book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I love anything Hayao Miyazaki. Anything and everything. He's a genius. I love anything Hayao Miyazaki. Anything and everything. He's a genius.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I felt privileged to get a look into the behind the scenes creativity of this masterpiece. Beautiful, interesting, thought provoking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Impossible not to enjoy. Miyazak = The Best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Spirited Away was such an integral film during my high school years (thanks Mr. Paravantes' Japanese class) that it's impossible not to get nostalgic over a book like this one. We get to explore the art behind the scenes, the digital processes, and the story development - straight from Studio Ghibli itself. What disappointed me a bit throughout the book, though, was that because the film was digitally produced we got a lot less of the concept artwork than I was expecting. Maybe there was just ph Spirited Away was such an integral film during my high school years (thanks Mr. Paravantes' Japanese class) that it's impossible not to get nostalgic over a book like this one. We get to explore the art behind the scenes, the digital processes, and the story development - straight from Studio Ghibli itself. What disappointed me a bit throughout the book, though, was that because the film was digitally produced we got a lot less of the concept artwork than I was expecting. Maybe there was just physically less of it, or maybe the studio didn't want to put as much out for this film as for the other movies, but it did end up being a lot more digital stills from the finished film than expected. We have the film (and the comics, which draw screen captures to make the graphic layouts) so having the majority of the book dedicated to rehashing the material left me a bit wanting. It was interesting seeing how they used digital techniques to add to the film though, and the best part was undoubtedly the commentary by the artists, designers, and Miyazaki himself. And the tid-bit about how the bath house was inspired by a real place? Definitely a nice addition to my travel wishlist on the Studio Ghibli tour of Japan!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valleri

    First, I'd like to begin with saying I love Spirited Away and pretty much anything Studio Ghibli puts out. Hayao Miyazaki is a mastermind and captivating storyteller/artist. This book illustrates that fact to a "T". The way the characters interact and the story unfolds is so intricate and serves to direct the path of our heroine perfectly so that Chihiro must look within herself to muster the courage and cleverness to gain her freedom. First, I'd like to begin with saying I love Spirited Away and pretty much anything Studio Ghibli puts out. Hayao Miyazaki is a mastermind and captivating storyteller/artist. This book illustrates that fact to a "T". The way the characters interact and the story unfolds is so intricate and serves to direct the path of our heroine perfectly so that Chihiro must look within herself to muster the courage and cleverness to gain her freedom.

  21. 4 out of 5

    thebookiv

    Stunning illustrations, concept sketches, screenplay and character designs for the Academy Award winning Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. There is also a surprising amount of information about the incorporation of software and digital elements to the beautiful paintings done by the art department. Gorgeous and satisfying book that is especially thrilling for fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki-san's awe-inspiring creativity! Stunning illustrations, concept sketches, screenplay and character designs for the Academy Award winning Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. There is also a surprising amount of information about the incorporation of software and digital elements to the beautiful paintings done by the art department. Gorgeous and satisfying book that is especially thrilling for fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki-san's awe-inspiring creativity!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dyslexic Bookmonster

    How can I not love this book to bits? Spirited Away is my all time favorite film. Have watched it over three dozen times. So yeah, I am severely biased. The art, the information; everything is good, if not fantastic. I can recommend the book to anyone that loved the film. Or wants to know more about Miyazaki's film productions. Amazing book. How can I not love this book to bits? Spirited Away is my all time favorite film. Have watched it over three dozen times. So yeah, I am severely biased. The art, the information; everything is good, if not fantastic. I can recommend the book to anyone that loved the film. Or wants to know more about Miyazaki's film productions. Amazing book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo Bennie

    A beautiful generously sized full colour book filled with preliminary and character sketches and background paintings for the film, interspersed with interviews. There is a section on the technical side of the animation, and at the end the screenplay. A lovely book giving even more insight into such a stunning film.

  24. 4 out of 5

    typewriterdeluxe

    This art book showcases lively watercolor concept sketches, rich detailed backgrounds, and offers a peek into the process of making the film. There is an emphasis on how the team designed and utilized CG software, as well as the struggles and triumphs in figuring out how to incorporate this new technology in their work as animators. Includes the full film script.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Connor

    This film always makes me cry the book is full of frames, if you are into illustration and animation, it's a great choice It also recalls (and explain) some memorable scenes you might have missed in the film. This film always makes me cry the book is full of frames, if you are into illustration and animation, it's a great choice It also recalls (and explain) some memorable scenes you might have missed in the film.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    "Spirited Away" is one of my favourite movie. This book is really interesting, the drawings are impressive and all the details about the way they made the whole movie is very good to know if you are interested about those processes. "Spirited Away" is one of my favourite movie. This book is really interesting, the drawings are impressive and all the details about the way they made the whole movie is very good to know if you are interested about those processes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lena West

    3.5/5 stars I honestly cannot describes how much I love the movie it was the only (so far) my fav anime story. But this book wasn’t focusing about the story line itself but focusing on different things. I would say I still enjoy learning more about this world.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    i found the book pretty interesting. and really kept me reading i love how it explains alot about the little girl, i have watched the movie and it is amazing the way its drawn its amazing it has a time where it just breathes and it has that in the book its just amazing. Highly recommend by the way

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abby Filsinger

    So much fun to read! They go into so much detail about not only how the characters were created but how the animation works! Not to mention they put the English version of the script at the very end! So fun!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I grew up watching many Miyazaki movies on repeat, this being one of them. I bought this along with Howl's art of book while in Japan and they both don't disappoint. If anything the only thing I would of liked is if they included more sketches of the characters in general I grew up watching many Miyazaki movies on repeat, this being one of them. I bought this along with Howl's art of book while in Japan and they both don't disappoint. If anything the only thing I would of liked is if they included more sketches of the characters in general

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