Mononoke

TV (12 eps x 24 min)
4.284 out of 5 from 3,236 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

valondar's avatar by valondar on May 6, 2009
Score: 8.4/10

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Episodes three through five, the Umibozu arc, may be one of the greatest things I have ever seen in anime. Alright, allow me to back up here: Mononoke is divided into a series of standalone arcs; each of these arcs involve the Medicine Seller solving the psychological problems and unearthing the dark, unpleasant secrets of the characters he comes across - which is to say he fights monsters with a... 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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