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With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
For a much better look at the idea of humans messing with nature, check out Princess Mononoke. You'll appreciate the MUCH better animation and general mood and feel, as well.
Both of them deal with the need to protect nature and nature's revenge on humans. The way the story is built differs a lot though, Mononoke being more mystical and violent, and Mori no Densetsu being more realistic and symbolic.
If you like themes of environmentalism and the encroachment of humans upon nature, then look no further than both of these anime. While Princess Mononoke is far more epic in scale and presents a more balanced argument, if this sort of theme tickles your fancy then why not try out both.
In modern Japan, Tokyo is expanding and considerably reducing animals' habitats, including those of the tanuki (raccoon-like creatures). What humanity doesn't know, though, is that tanuki are intelligent creatures, that can talk and even walk on two legs with the power of transformations! To secure their survival, the two combating tanuki clans join forces against mankind in a war they dub 'Pom Poko'! Humans are a difficult adversary, though... can the tanuki open mankind's eyes to the beauty of nature, before their homes are replaced by yet another suburb?
If humans destroying nature and animals is your thing, why not also check out Pom Poko? The same idea, but a much better execution and animation that is MILES above Legend of the Forest. Try it on for size.
Pompoko and Mori no Densetsu are very similar, as in both of them, forests are destroyed and animals take the initiative to save their territory by their own means. In Pompoko, this takes the shape of Japanese folklore and fantastic abilities, whereas in Mori, the story stays more realistic.
Both Pom Poko and Legend of the Forest depict the struggle of nature against humans encroaching on its domain, so if you enjoyed that theme in one, you may enjoy the other.
Goshu is a small-town musician with a passion for playing the cello, and is a dedicated member of the local orchestra. With an important performance in a matter of weeks, the group practices daily to hone their skills. But lately, Goshu's musical ability has been lacking, and to get it back, he must accept help from the unlikeliest of kin -- the furry and feathered friends who dwell on his land...
Mori no Densetsu and Gauche both take place in famous classical music backgrounds, which gives the anime a special feeling. Although the topics they deal with are different, both show a utopian vision of relations between nature and men.
Do you like classical music? Because both of these films are set to sweeping orchestral music. While they do oppose in another on the aspect of man vs nature, the forest dwelling cast is much of the storyline. But really, it's all about the music with these two films.
In a far-off galaxy, there exists a world much the same as Earth. Save for blue skin, the people are near identical - especially with their taste for rockin' dance music. When a strange alien abduction craft lands on the planet to steal their most popular band, however, all hope seems lost. With their story told entirely via Daft Punk's album Discovery, join The Crescendolls in a journey to rediscover both themselves and their music in a galaxy millions of light years away from home.
Black Jack has forgotten his medical kit; and it's up to his mysterious assistant, Pinoko, to return it to him. Unfortunately, though, Pinoko has gotten lost in a strange forest and many animals require her assistance! Becoming a makeshift doctor, Pinoko mends the wounds of deer, bears and other forest creatures - but she soon must face her most challenging and frightening healing experience yet! Can Pinoko save the day both in the forest, and for Black Jack?