Mononoke

TV (12 eps x 24 min)
4.282 of 5 from 3,557 votes
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In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Jan 8, 2010
Score: 9/10

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Kemonozume, Mind Game, Gankutsuou... you've seen it all before. Or so you think. Part horror story, part surrealist art, Mononoke is another oddity that defines itself by looking spectacularly unlike the norm... read more

Gzerble's avatar by Gzerble on Jan 27, 2015
Score: 2/10

Mononoke might be good, if you get over the art. I couldn't. The art is far too much about form, very little about function. It is bordering a series of still shots rather than actual animation. The voice acting is prentious and annoying. A slow pace in both story and art can work at times, but this is one such case where it does not. If you want to enjoy something like this, it better be in manga form... read more

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Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror TV 2006 Ayakashi's third story regarding the medicine seller is a prequel to Mononoke, a spin-off of that story.

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