Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is Returning to Theaters (VIDEO)

Fans of Studio Ghibli, rejoice! Your favorite animated feature, Spirited Away, is coming out of retirement for a showing in theaters across America for one weekend only this year!

Spirited Away

For 15 years, Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved classic Spirited Away has been considered his crowning achievement, earning the most praise from critics across the globe for his beautiful art style and inventive storytelling. While works of his such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle have always been praised globally, Spirited Away has consistently been a fan favorite for almost two decades.

With these amazingly beautiful titles in his work portfolio, Miyazaki announced his retirement from film making back in 2013, though recently, he has expressed that he will return to the director’s chair to film one last movie, Boro the Caterpillar. As of right now, there is no word on when his last film will be released, though he hopes to complete it within five years.

While we wait for more news on when we can expect to see his last film released, Studio Ghibli has graciously given us a chance to relive the magic of Spirited Away’s beauty and wonder back on the big screen. To refresh your memories, watch the original theatrical trailer for this piece to get you excited for this exciting weekend.

This magical weekend runs December 4th and 5th (okay, so a Sunday and Monday aren’t always considered “weekends” but you get the idea), and will be aired in both English, and Japanese with English subtitles, respectively.  Not only that, but you will also be treated with a short, 25 minute mini feature to go along with it, which is incredible since Ghiblies: Episode 2 has never been aired in America. You can check out the details for December 4th and December 5th here to read up about it and purchase your tickets.

The announcement of Spirited Away’s re-release couldn’t come at a better time. With the recent trailer release of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film coming in 2017, the time is ripe to experience your favorite animes once again.  So let your inner otaku out, and give us a shout out in the comments below to release that excitement we know you’re feeling!!

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