As mentioned in another thread, I too just got a VHS of SPIRITED AWAY. I am not usually a video buyer (for me, it's books, books, books), but after renting the film I knew I had to own a copy that I could see whenever I wanted.
IMHO, SPIRITED AWAY is the second greatest animated feature I've ever seen (the first being Disney's original FANTASIA). The great things about the Miyazaki feature are not only its fine visual art and music track, but also the Shinto references and the profound universal coming-of-age theme. (Before her stay at the Bathhouse of Spirits, Chihiro was anxiety-ridden about having to attend a new school -- after her return, she confidently stated, "I think I can handle it!") The film also contained echoes of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS -- allegorically complex "children's" stories in their own right.
MINIMUM DAILY CEPH CONTENT:
I did notice, for one moment, a spirit with the head of a red octopus. In that same collage of images, there was also an oblong-shaped tentacled spirit lounging in one of the baths. I also noticed that the kindly Radish Spirit -- so reminiscent of the "Chief Totoro"! -- had a couple of thick tentacles hanging from his face (at first I mixed them up with his droopy Sumo-wrestler breasts, then realized they were separate). Boy, the lengths we'll go to just for a fleeting glimpse of squiddage!