Best anime movie evarrrr. Really takes me back, and the animation is just so amazing. Gotta say, Hayao Miyazaki is probably my most favourite artist! I know I've never written it before but come to think of it, Spirited Away has got to be the only movie I've watched over and over... so much that I even force my students to watch it for English class (English dubbed version) XD. SO much attention to detail and the turns and twists and bizarre characters really tickle the imagination!
The only problem I have is that I still find it hard to swallow the lump in my throat every time I get to certain scenes -- despite having watched it over and over (at least I know when it's time to get up and drink a hell lot of water to make myself get over it without tearing up)~! ToT. Chihiro and Haku are just... wow. It's hard to explain. I think it's the brother-sister kind of relationship that really chokes me up.
I had thought of that myself, like when she is older and her younger brother gets lost in the spirit world like she did and needed to be rescued by her. Only now she is older wiser and understands that world much better.