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?
In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?
Finding himself yet again in the wrong place at the wrong time, Vash the Stampede is caught in the middle of a bank robbery by the notorious robber Gasback. However, when things take a turn for the worst and the robber's comrades turn on him, Vash saves Gasback's life and both Gasback and his traitorous partners escape. Twenty years later, Gasback is rumored to be planning something big. Bounty hunters from all over the world are gathering in Macca City, the predicted target, to try their luck at his $$300 million bounty. But what business does Vash have in Macca City, and who is the mysterious girl that he keeps following around?
Both of these stories have male leads and are revelutionary to the anime world, princess mononoke brought to life by disney brought a real world to life in princess mononoke and Trigun does the same thing, maybe even better. Both the main characters save a heroine from "Themselves". One from killing gasback and one from killing the leader of Iron town. It would take a long time to list all the similarities of these anime films, but the main thing to know is that they are both revelutionizing in the anime-american industry.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
If, like me, you find Japanese spirituality and superstition intriguing then you'll surely enjoy XXXHOLiC, a wonderful series with great characters and humour and chock full of revealing information about Japanese culture. After reading about the beliefs behind the tree spirits (kodama) featured in Princess Mononoke I went hunting for anime centered around Japanese superstition and the Shinto religion; XXXHOLiC is what I came up with and I was not disappointed one bit.