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Chihiro Ogino (Sen)
Information
Kanji

荻野 千尋

Romaji

Ogino Chihiro

Nickname (s)

Sen (千)

Gender

Female

Age

10

Occupation
  • Bathhouse Worker (former)
  • School Student
Species

Human

Abilities

N/A

Voice Actors
Japanese

Rumi Hiiragi (柊 瑠美)

English

Daveigh Chase

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Chihiro Ogino  (荻野 千尋, Ogino Chihiro), referred throughout most of the film by her nickname Sen (Sen, lit. "one-thousand") is the ten-year-old core protagonist of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away.

Personality

Chihiro's growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of Spirited Away's plot. During her adventure in the Spirit World, she matures from an easily-scared girl with a child-like personality to match her age to a hard-working, responsible, and brave young girl who has learned to put her fears aside for those she cares for. To protect her friends and rescue her parents from a spell that has turned them into livestock, Chihiro sheds her former personality and adapts to her environment to become a courageous, quick-witted and reliable girl.

The strength of her bond with Haku as the story progresses eventually evolves into a very sincere form of love that dispelled Yubaba and Zeniba's respective curses on Haku.

History

Spirited Away Blu-ray Screenshot

Chihiro hugging her flowers at the back seat

In the beginning of the movie, Chihiro is shown to be a childish, easily-scared and whiny girl. But after her experiences at the Bathhouse and the Spirit World, she matures into a capable young adult.

Appearance

Chihiro has brown hair and rosy cheeks. She is very petite and has a childish appearance, and a quite-pudgy face. Her attire includes a white T-shirt with green stripes, pink shorts, white socks and yellowish sneakers. While working in the bath house, she is barefoot and wears a pink and white work uniform with a tasuki cord for tying her sleeves up.

Speculation

It is mentioned by director and creator Hayao Miyazaki that Chihiro has 'lost' all her memories of the Spirit World following her exiting of the tunnel. However, according to Haku's promise, he and Chihiro will meet again someday. This may or may not be referring to Chihiro's eventual death and transformation into a spirit. However, Zeniba's quote, "memories are never
Spirited away 05

Her parents turning into pigs

forgotten, they are just difficult to recall", suggests that Chihiro could, potentially, remember her experiences at The Bathhouse and the Spirit Realm. Regardless, the fate of Chihiro and Haku's relationship remains unknown and is up to audience interpretation.

Trivia

  • The name "Chihiro" means "A thousand fathoms".
  • In an interview regarding Chihiro's character design, Hayao Miyazaki informs the audience that "[He] created a heroine who is an ordinary girl, someone with whom the audience can sympathize. 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. [He] wants [his] young friends to live like that, and [he] thinks they, too, have such a wish."
  • Chihiro was created based on a ten-year-old girl, the daughter of a friend of Miyazaki's. This girl also made Miyazaki continue working after promising retirement from filmmaking after Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke (1997).
  • Chi and Sen both use the same Japanese Kanji, which means '1,000', but are different readings of the same character. The name Sen is also a play on the name Chihiiro.

Quotes

  • (To Zeniba) "I want you to know my real name. It's Chihiro"
  • "The wind's pulling us in."
  • "I'm not going in there! It gives me the creeps!"
  • "Wait for me!"
  • "Wait a minute."
  • "What's up with him?"
  • "I'm dreaming! I'm dreaming!"
  • "I'm see-through!"
  • "It's just a really bad dream."
  • "They did turn into pigs. I wasn't dreaming."
  • "Kamaji?"
  • "Yubaba?"
  • "Please! I gotta get a job here!"
  • "Yes, ma'am."
  • "Just a minute, sir."
  • "He's a good person."
  • "I knew you were good!"
  • "We would like to go to Swamp Bottom, please."
  • "Wow, you're a big baby."
  • "Staying in this room will make you sick!"
  • "Germs! I got germs! See?"
  • "Haku!"
  • "Shut your mouth!"
  • "Rin, you know Haku?"
  • "There aren't two him, aren't there?"
  • "I don't feel so good."
  • "Which ones are you?"
  • "Mommy!"
  • "Water?"
  • "Bad dream."
  • "No, you can't!"
  • "Haku, we're falling!"
  • "What are those weird buildings?"
  • '"What are those stones?"
  • "My flowers are dying!"
  • "Kamaji lit the boiler already?"
  • "How long was I asleep?"
  • "I hope Dad hasn't gotten too fat."
  • "I'm going to go look for Haku!"
  • "Where is Haku?"
  • "Are birds chasing him?"
  • "Haku!"
  • "Fight 'em!"
  • "Come on!"
  • "Haku, you're bleeding."
  • "It's just paper."


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Humans Akiichirō OginoChihiro Ogino (Sen)Ichiyūko Ogino
Witches YubabaZeniba
Spirits AniyakuAogaeruBohChichiyakuHaku (Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi)KamajiKashiraKasuga-SamaLin (Rin)No-Face (Kaonashi)Radish SpiritShikigamiSootballsThe River SpiritUnnamed River SpiritUshioniYubaba's BirdYuna

Start a Discussion Discussions about Chihiro Ogino (Sen)

  • Spirited Away 2 + Haku X Chihiro

    61 messages
    • 2602:306:C5AA:FD30:2CB0:A276:B33C:FD7B wrote: Miyanlove wrote:We all hope for a sequel Spirited Away, however, sadly, since Hayao Miyaz...
    • I think that Spirited Away is a great movie and that it deserves a sequel. However, like you all said, it's next to impossible for...
  • how old is haku

    17 messages
    • Chronologically, he's likely as old as the river he once resided in. Physically, he's likely two-four years older than Chihiro.
    • I think chihiro is 10 and haku is 12😐

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