As discussed in prior posts, the major theme seen in Spirited Away is that of innocence. A young girl named Chihiro moves with her family to a new town and encounters the process of change and transition, some might say into an adult. The fantasy world in which she has to grow up so quickly is very colorful and imaginative, which also supports the theme of innocence of a child. Her task is to save her parents and return to the world she knows, which is a great deal of pressure and responsibility for just a child. But even with this great task, she grows and comes into her own as more of an adult. The difference in the fantasy world and her reality world is comparable to the world of innocence and childhood and the world of adulthood.
Spirited Away also portrays the hardships of adulthood, showing the monotonous routines most adults have to endure. Examples of this in the movie would be the bathhouse operation and the train scene.