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How Hayao Miyazaki Writes a Character Arc

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

We all want to create multifaceted and complex characters in our screenplays, but how do you turn the thread of a character into a living, breathing person on the page?

This is where developing a character arc can establish an emotional journey in your protagonist where they must change and grow to overcome the obstacles ahead of them.

Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY masters this by establishing Chihiro’s dramatic flaw in Act 1, which forces her to overcome her obstacles by embracing her inner need in Act 3.

Delve into the layers of SPIRITED AWAY with Young Screenwriters’ Adam Schaller as he explores Chihiro's emotional journey.

Do you agree with Adam's analysis? What do you think is Chihiro's character arc? Comment below!



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