Note: This review is part of the XII Days of Redemption reviewing event. This is for Day VIII and contains no spoilers.
Princess Mononoke is about a villager that finds a forest filled with deities after getting permanently exiled from his home due to a cursed demon boar that came in contact with him before he killed it. From there, the villager immediately discovers that the forest is in war with the humans from a nearby village. He also finds a woman that is allied with the forest in hopes that she would help him stop the war once and for all.
Storyline The story was easy to follow after the battle against the cursed demon boar and stays that way throughout. The concept of industrialization versus nature is shown in a good way as the sides of the warring villages and the the forest deities are seen alongside the reason that they were fighting in the first place, which was hidden very well within the story alongside the questioning of humanity itself. While some may not get everything that was going on in the first view (unless they were observant), it's actually a well handled tale from start to finish thanks to the clear goals of everyone involved and how one of said goals were met with their results. Characters Pretty much everyone was solid in this movie, with the best ones being Ashitaka for his full character, especially for bravely trying to have both warring forces get along. San is another awesome character because of her reasoning for wholly siding with the forest and how she was revealed to not be as cold as she looks. Her being raised by animals is somewhat relatable alongside the symbolism with everyone in the movie. Eboshi turned out to be an effective antagonist for feeling the most human of the characters involved in the war, despite her true goal being wholly against the forest of deities itself.
Pros and Cons Like many Ghibli films, this boasts a great looking art style and excellent character designs, especially among the beasts and monsters (Sen included). The animation is also excellent and void of errors. Going back to the symbolism, it is used and represented extremely well, especially if a viewer is re-watching this movie as opposed to a first-time viewer that still isn't too observant. While the music isn't too memorable, it is a nice fit overall. Despite this being a Ghibli film, the mature themes contained don't hamper with it at all.
Speaking of mature themes, those that don't like high amounts of blood and the sight of limbs being lopped off while bloodless might have a rough time with this film (which is PG-13 rated, despite how I described the gore). Some of the monsters and the demons with worm-like blood will be disturbing to some viewers while being a cool sight to a few others (myself included).
Final Verdict This ends up contracting a 10/10 and not just from the worm-like blood here. Many people could already have seen this movie before, but this is as good for those re-watching and those watching for the first time are always welcome as long as you are brave enough to handle it.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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