Wednesday: "Spirited Away"

Dec. 9

A few years ago, infrequent Twitterer Kanye West tweeted, "No way Spirited Away is better than Akira... NOOO WAAAY... sorry was just looking at a youtube of top 10 anime films." Setting aside the awesome image of Kanye West at home, or on a plane or something, watching amateur YouTube clip compilations of the best animes and taking them very seriously, if there is an anime that could conceivably be ranked up there with "Akira," it would be Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" from 2001, an equal parts playful and grotesque surreal tale of a young girl and her parents who explore an amusement park that enters another world. Her parents are turned into pigs and she spends much of the movie moving from one set piece to another looking for them and trying to turn them back into people. We might have to even agree with YouTube dude and disagree with Yeezy here and say "Spirited Away" is indeed better than "Akira" (which, by the way, screens at the Charles later this month on Dec. 23). Nearby at the Crown before the "Spirited Away" screening is an Anime Night Happy Hour from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 9 p.m., Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50 (Brandon Soderberg)

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