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 me personally, there's but one single event that makes Mononoke Hime stand so firmly as a classic in the anime world. No, it's not Miyazaki's brilliant capturing of the eternal struggle between man and nature, nor is it the heroic telling of a young warrior destined to save the world through both boundless passion and vicious strength; hell, it's not even the... read more
Princess Mononoke is my favorite anime. I get this out of the way first so you know that this review is in no way meant to be any kind of objective. I heart this movie to an extent that even recognizing it has flaws is hard for me (pacing can be wonky? says you! convoluted story? take that back! too long? well … it isn't, actually, but some might say it is). Anyway, the point is, I love this anime. It's... read more