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?
Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?
Forty years ago, a boy named Yukinari saved the deity of the forest, Celebi, from a Pokemon poacher's hands. However, Celebi used its time traveling abilities in the scuffle, and transported both itself and Yukinari to the present! Ash, Brock and Misty find the duo and with the help of Celebi, Yukinari is soon on his way back home - that is, until the sinister Iron Masked Marauder arrives. He's on a mission to capture Celebi, and he has a "dark ball" capable of turning anything it catches into evil. Joining the fray is Team Rocket, who also want to get their hands on Celebi. An ultimate showdown awaits, and the entire forest is at stake!
Now, normally I wouldn't recommend an intelligent classic for anything Pokemon - but Pokemon Movie 4 and Princess Mononoke are truly two peas in a pod. Sure, Pokemon Movie 4 is aimed at a younger audience, but both are titles that speak strongly against disrupting the environment. A forest deity is targeted in both, and the deity ultimately is in the position of destroying the forest itself. Give it a try.
Ponyo is a goldfish who lives in the sea, and has an over-protective magician for a father. Soon Ponyo runs away from home and is rescued by a five-year-old boy named Sosuke. As she wants nothing more than to understand what it's like to be a human being, Ponyo uses magic to transform into a human girl, and the two begin to form a special bond. However, this magic results in drastic consequences, and one final test stands in Ponyo's way before she can truly be human. Can Ponyo fulfill her dream, or is she destined to return to the sea?
Both of these films have a man-versus-environment theme, but while Mononoke has a rather serious tone Ponyo is much more simple and family friendly. Both are highly recommended and will be remembered by anyone who sees them.
On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?
The main characters in each of these series face an opposition to the fact that they are in love. There is a constant driving force that is trying to separate each pair; what they believe, and the area in which they live, separate them. Romeo X Juliet takes place in a gothic setting, whereas Princess Mononoke is more rural and deals with a mystical aspect of the world.
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?