Princess Mononoke: An Anime Review

The preservation of what is good in this world is a common theme in all Studio Ghibli films. It is a driving, even constant, force within the movies. To help others is something that is worth fighting for. Sometimes this world forgets that. Maybe that is why Hayao Miyazaki stresses it in his projects. He saw what happens when people forget to care. Now he strives to remind everyone how much better it is when people put in that effort. 

This preservation goes beyond people. It extends to forests and other living things. To all spirits. That is one of the wonderful things about Princess Mononoke. It is a movie that stresses these principals while also giving viewers a fantastic story. 

When a prince’s home is threatened he fights off a demon. Before it’s defeat the demon grips the prince and curses him. In order to break the curse and keep his people safe he seeks out a great spirit in the forest to help him. Instead he finds a human girl and an even bigger fight to save the forest itself. In helping the protectors of the forest will he be able to save himself as well? 

As well as an interesting storyline Princess Mononoke also boasts some great characters. They have their own desires that they are working towards. Compelling characters are always a plus in any story and these will have you rooting for them. The designs for the characters were drawn with the intention to help viewers learn about them. They are also just pretty darn cool. 

The music is always wonderful in Studio Ghibli films. It transforms the viewer directly into the action. The animation in this film is, as always, just a treat for the eye. Princess Mononoke is truly gorgeous to watch. It is clear that as well as work a lot of love was put into this movie. 

I would highly recommend Princess Mononoke. It has an important message. It is beautiful to watch. Overall it is just a fantastic anime movie.

ALWAYS KEEP SPARKLING!!!

Published by thiathebard

Lover of games, writer of articles and member of Real Women of Gaming. Thia the Bard has been writing from a young age and has always been a fan of the fantastic. She grew up playing video and board games. She loves trying different table top and role playing games. Thia is a proud geek and member of many fandoms. She is also interested in cosplay and Steampunk. Thia is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Time not spent gaming or running around in garb is usually spent writing. Always keep sparkling!

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