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Interesting facts and trivia about CHIHIRO. By Songfacts®.

"Chihro" is named after the main character, Chihiro Ogino, from the Studio Ghibli animated film Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This song dives into the dark underbelly of the movie's fantastical world.

Here's the gist: When 10-year-old Chihiro stumbles upon a mysterious abandoned amusement park with her parents, they unknowingly enter the spirit world. Chihiro's parents are transformed into pigs for indulging in food meant for spirits. To save them, Chihiro works in a bathhouse for supernatural beings. With the help of a boy named Haku, she overcomes challenges and discovers her own courage to break the spell and return home. "The visuals in that movie are some of the best ever - all that Studio Ghibli s--t is unbelievable," Billie Eilish told Rolling Stone. "There's all those visuals of the train in the water after the flood, and it literally looks like an ocean with a train track. I had just watched Spirited Away and Finneas had made that beat. I love that movie. I've seen it so many times."

The song itself is a cryptic mix of Chihiro's experience and classic Eilish vibes. We hear her plead with someone to "open the door," which could be from the perspective of No Face, a lonely spirit who becomes unhealthily obsessed with Chihiro, wanting her to let him into the bathhouse. Or maybe it's simply a metaphor for Eilish facing her fears. Then there's the whole "take my love away" bit, hinting at the bittersweet ending of Spirited Away where Chihiro escapes but forgets everything about the spirit world – including Haku.

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of CHIHIRO.
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Darkroom/Interscope Records
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