While Ostensibly this image is about Spirited Away, upon closer inspection one can see that the subject become more a canvas for stylistic exploration. It’s easy enough to convert a character from one art style to the next, and were that all that was occurring this work wouldn’t be all that remarkable. Within the surrounding imagery though is a confluence of disparate styles and references that allow the viewer to plum the depths of their own personal pop cultural knowledge and associations.
The orange moon with the tapered edges seems like it wants to be east asian inspired, but the vertical lines, the grid that it forms seems to make it 80’s à la Patrick Nagel. The plants however are in a decorative, possibly art nouveau, style and completely incongruous with the rest of the image. The way they’ve been colored is incongruous with this forms themselves and seems closer to modern psychedelic art, which true, did borrow from art nouveau, but wouldn’t have used this particular motif do to its intricacy. The pink outline of the smoke could be cyberpunk neon, or indie inspired line work. The central figure is reminiscent of soft cell animation, particularly that of the Capcom variety. In short, there’s a lot going on here, and that’s what makes the composition interesting and more than a simple reference piece.