… It’s not a story in which the characters grow up, but a story in which they draw on something already inside them, brought out by the particular circumstances… I wanted to tell such a story in this movie. I want my young friends to live like that, and I think they, too, have such a wish.
Hayao Miyazaki, about his film Spirited Away
An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki
Animage, May 2001
Translated to English by Ryoko Toyama
Edited by Team Ghiblink