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Spirited Away Box Set with Cards [Paperback]

Hayao Miyazaki
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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media; Pap/Crds edition (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591162092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591162094
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 13.5 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,418,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but lacks content. 23 Feb 2004
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This boxed set of five books is quite beautiful, each volume having its own dust cover/jacket, and some gorgeous cover art. The box supplied seems a little flimsy given the weight of the books (the full set is surprisingly heavy for their size).
However, this is not a comic book/manga of the story. It is a collection of thousands of screenshots from the movie. While the art was beautiful in the movie, and the action paced near perfectly re-using the same art for the book just doesn't quite work. Action sequences are unclear and far too "rushed" while much of the rest of the tale just drags along.
I suspect a younger reader, or a reader not as entrenched in classic manga works may find these books more than satisfactory, but anyone looking for a manga retelling of the story will be dissapointed.
Still, they look good on the shelf, and are quite sturdy enough and accessible enough for younger siblings and/or cousins to enjoy a touch of oriental storytelling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...prepare to be spirited away..." 29 Aug 2004
By Kare - Published on Amazon.com
Nausicaa. Castle in the Sky. Totoro. Whispers of the Heart. Princess Mononoke. All unparalleled creative works with Spirited Away not being an exception.

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the greatest creators of art in his generation. By conforming his motion picture into a 5-book domestic manga set, Spirited Away is in the Japanese from-right-to-left reading sequence. In capturing each part of the movie in closely with the comic image, it's an easier path for readers to see the main Japanese ideals and themes that Miyazaki created.

Chihiro travels through these 5 books to transition from a once-disillusioned child to a more down-to-earth girl that realizes her importance of having her own identity. From a fantasy world, she needs to overcome the obstacles placed by a witch to return to present-day Japan. Like Alice in Wonderland, interesting and various characters are met that helps develop Chihiro and the story into a classic that has been acclaimed by various organizations.

There are many details that are missed in the quick pace of the movie that is captured by the manga. The details that are captured with the glossy paper help make the boxset a treasured gift that is enjoyable to have in a convenient box.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully rendered, true to the Disney film dialog 12 Jun 2004
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This box set (which for whatever reason, they say isn't available but it must be because they sold it to me) is a collection of upscale comic books on thick glossy paper, in short volumes. Oddly enough, you must read it "backward" -- you start at the end of the book and read right to left. This might confuse some younger readers, but if you go through it with them, they'll catch on soon enough.
There are many more stills than would be expected from a comic, which means that there are many, many panels with no dialog. The artwork is simply gorgeous, as anyone who has watched the movie knows. The dialog appears to be 100% of the Disney English version.
Our family adores Spirited Away and think the movie is probably the best movie we've ever seen. Both my children, nearly 3 and 9, on their own, have watched the movie dozens of times. Having a nice text to go along with the movie is therefore wonderful for us as it allows us to study the artwork, and to also follow the dialog. (Closed captioning in the movie is great, too.) But for me, the best thing about owning the box set is that it allows a prereader like my youngest, to enjoy the story by looking at the pictures. She has memorized most of the movie, anyway. Yet, I hope it encourages her to want to read, but in the mean time, will allow her to enjoy the story of Spirited Away wherever we are.
A true Sprited Away fan will probably enjoy having this set. But I think it would also be nice to see a book which "tells" the story in a narrative form. Given the choice between the two, I'd prefer a narrative. But I can't say I'm not pleased with this set as it is.
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