Binding: Soft Cover
Publish Year: 2002
Rating: A All Ages
Vol. 1: As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods.
Ten-year-old Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home. Dad takes a wrong turn, though, and they become lost in a forest. Eventually they find their way to a strange abandoned amusement park. Chihiro wanders off. As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods. A mysterious boy, Haku, tells her that to survive Chihiro must find work. She must go down to the boiler room and seek out an old man named Kamaji...
Vol. 2: Spirited Away tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs who wanders into a strange town and finds a world of spirits ruled over by the mysterious Yubaba.
Into the boiler room! Chihiro encounters the old arachnoid Kamaji and his bizarre army of soot balls who keep the hot water running. Chihiro tries to help but she's not really suited for this kind of work. When Lin the slug girl comes to deliver lunch, though, Kamaji tells her to take Chihiro with her. Lin introduces Chihiro to the bizarre bath house wonderland where she works, and to her boss, the giant-size matriarch Yubaba. After a demonstration of her powers, Yubaba renames Chihiro "Sen," and puts her to work. Sen goes through a gruelling first day of scrubbing floors and being made fun of by the other workers for being human, but she forges on. In the middle of the day, while everyone's asleep, she sneaks outside to meet Haku...
Vol. 3: Haku takes Sen to visit her parents, who have turned into pigs. Sen promises to rescue them and get them all out of this strange world one day. Back at work, Sen is forced to do the grossest jobs, like cleaning out the giant tub. And then the dreaded Stink God pays a visit to the bathhouse, and Sen is sent to serve his odorous presence! Through pluck and determination, though, Sen makes it through, and finds a valuable prize in the process. Meanwhile, the masked man, the mysterious No-Face monster is lurking about. Who is he...and what does he want?
Vol. 4: After Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs in an "abandoned" town full of spirits, a mysterious boy, Haku, helps her survive here by getting a job in the palatial Abura-ya bath house from its boss, the witch Yubaba. Clumsy at first, Sen manages in the baths to free a stinking river spirit of the human garbage trapped within it. The spirit flies away, leaving her a magical medicine. Now No Face, whom Sen let in earlier, is turning the place upside down, flinging gold to the staff, downing dish after dish...and demanding to see Sen!
Vol. 5: Is Haku's illness really from a curse laid on him by Yubaba's sister Zeniba? Sen is about to journey to Zeniba's home in Swamp Bottom to find out. But before she can take the mystery train that leads there, she has to confront the frightening No Face, who's been tearing up the bath house, and demanding to see her. Sen is on the verge of answering many questions. Can she pass Yubaba's final test in order to win back her parents, and even her real name?
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