Saturday, January 29, 2011
At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about this movie. I'm typically not a fan of cartoons. But after I let all the weirdness seep in, I realized that there is a lot more to the movie than spirits and strange creatures. I think this movie may ultimately be a "coming-of-age" narrative where in Jahiro transforms from a naive child to being on her way her way to adulthood. In the beginning, she barely has the courage to go with her parents through the tunnel. But after she has spent time with spirits in the bathhouse she comes out virtually fearless. I want to say that Jahiro's new name, Sen (sp?), represents her struggle with finding her own identity. Her adventure may just be a manifestation of her fears about moving to a new place. Or, they could represent her experience in that new place, wherein she rises victorious from the hardships she faces with cruel people in the real world and struggles with her own identity.