Among the anime films by Hayao Miyazaki made available in English translation, Spirited Away contains the most folk and Shrine Shinto motifs. The central locale of the film is a bathhouse where a great variety of creatures, including kami, come to bathe and be refreshed. This feature, plus the portrayal of various other folk beliefs and Shrine Shinto perspectives, suggests that Miyazaki is affirming some basic Japanese cultural values which can be a source of confidence and renewal for contemporary viewers.
Boyd, James W. and Nishimura, Tetsuya
"Shinto Perspectives in Miyazaki's Anime Film "Spirited Away","
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss3/4