If you are an anime fan, chances are that you’ve probably wondered about the mysterious dish eaten in “Spirited Away” before Chihiro’s parents turned into giant man-pigs.

One of the animators, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, finally shed some light about the food that has been intriguing viewers is actually a coelacanth. According to reports, coelacanths are plump, lobe-finned fish that can grow to more than 2 meters.

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Previously, it had always been speculated that it was a stuffed lamb stomach, or Ba-Wan (a Taiwanese street food). However, the speculations proved to be false when Yonebayashi took it to his Twitter account to put the mystery to rest through a thread he posted on 19th September.

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The former Studio Ghibli animator’s tweets read, “It was written on the storyboard that the soft, flabby food the dad eats is the stomach of a coelacanth. Haku moves quickly and stops suddenly so there aren’t a lot of key frames, making it super simple. Chihiro is trembling and nervous, so there are a lot of key frames, making it a pain.”

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Unfortunately, no pictures of the coelacanth stomach can be found online. Even though it looks mouth-watering in the animation, it is not recommended to eat the fish because its flesh can cause sickness.

The coelacanth is also considered to be a “living fossil” as it was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Sources: Grape Japan, SoraNews24

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