History Anime / PrincessMononoke

13th Sep '17 1:32:00 AM WolfMattGrey
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The story is set during the 15th or 16th century (Muromachi period), and begins in a small village of the Emishi, the indigenous inhabitants of Japan who by this time have mostly been conquered or driven into hiding in remote corners of the east. The village's peace is shattered by the attack of a terrible demon; their last remaining prince, Ashitaka, is injured during the fight against it, and even worse, the mortally wounded demon is revealed to be a powerful spirit--a giant boar that curses the Emishi with its last breath and reveals that the wound Ashitaka suffered will kill him too. The village elders decide, with much reluctance, that Ashitaka must leave the village before the curse takes full possession of him, and [[WalkingTheEarth travel west]] in [[TheHerosJourney search of his destiny]]. Ashitaka leaves immediately, with only his trusted [[HorseOfADifferentColor red elk]] Yakul. The young prince follows the demon boar's trail of destruction with the only clue he has about what transformed it into a demon: an iron ball found embedded in its body.

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The story is set during the 15th or 16th century (Muromachi period), and begins in a small village of the Emishi, the indigenous inhabitants of Japan who by this time have mostly been conquered or driven into hiding in remote corners of the east. The village's peace is shattered by the attack of a terrible demon; their last remaining prince, Ashitaka, is injured during the fight against it, and even worse, the mortally wounded demon is revealed to be a powerful spirit--a giant boar that curses the Emishi with its last breath and reveals that the wound Ashitaka suffered will kill him too. The village elders decide, with much reluctance, that Ashitaka must leave the village before the curse takes full possession of him, and [[WalkingTheEarth [[QuestToTheWest travel west]] in [[TheHerosJourney search of his destiny]]. Ashitaka leaves immediately, with only his trusted [[HorseOfADifferentColor red elk]] Yakul. The young prince follows the demon boar's trail of destruction with the only clue he has about what transformed it into a demon: an iron ball found embedded in its body.
29th Aug '17 3:56:16 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* CanisMajor: The wolf deities are huge.

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* CanisMajor: The wolf deities are huge. While her brothers are big enough for San to ride on their backs, Moro is about ''twice'' that size.
-->"They're just pups. Wait till you see their mother."
29th Aug '17 3:33:31 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* EvilSoundsDeep: Nago's only spoken line is said in artificially amplified bass.
28th Aug '17 7:08:09 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Lady Eboshi leads the Iron Town and is probably the toughest inhabitant of it. [[spoiler: She fatally wounded ''two'' gods, sniped with ease few samurai officers and ''killed'' the Forest Spirit. When San charges to face her, she doesn't even break the sweat when fighting with the girl and apparently was fully prepared for such duel]].
26th Aug '17 5:18:33 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* TechnicolorEyes: Despite the realistic design for human characters and the action taking place in Japan, both Ashitaka and San have blue eyes. Could be HandWaved in case of the prince, since he's Emishi (still highly unlikely), but not even the flimsiest excuse exists for San.
** Her hair having [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair a bit of green]] in them in certain lighting also stands out.
26th Aug '17 1:53:33 AM Jan_z_Michal
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26th Aug '17 1:53:32 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** "Tatara" in the ''Tatara women's work song'' lyrics. It simply means iron smelter, but would be too long for the song to keep the melody.
25th Aug '17 4:07:47 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** Not counting the rotory pump in the background (which serves no purpose other than [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]]), the entire smelter is a very accurate model of tatara, a traditional Japanese furnace. Even the four day shifts are important detail, as it takes eight days to produce metal using tatara.
25th Aug '17 3:56:41 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** Also, it's implied to be averted. A later battle shows characters holding umbrellas up to protect themselves from arrows.

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** Also, it's implied to be averted.averted for everyone else. A later battle shows characters holding umbrellas up to protect themselves from arrows. Numerous arrows, when observed from Ashitaka's POV, are visibly dropping while closing toward him. All arrows that hit something, especially at long range, end up angled.



* RampageFromANail: Nago, the boar Ashitaka kills at the beginning of the film to save his village, was being driven mad from a poisoned bullet inside of him. Moro averts this; while she too is shot with a poisoned bullet, she decides that she has lived long enough and prefers to face her impending death calmly.

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* RampageFromANail: Nago, the boar Ashitaka kills at the beginning of the film to save his village, was being driven mad from a poisoned bullet inside of him, slowly poisoning him. Moro averts this; while she too is shot with a poisoned bullet, she decides that she has lived long enough and prefers to face her impending death calmly.



* TooLongDidntDub: "Mononoke". Unfortunatelly, it quickly got LostInTranslation and then went even further with further foreign translations, almost all of them based on the English one.

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* TooLongDidntDub: "Mononoke". Unfortunatelly, it quickly got LostInTranslation and then went even further with further following foreign translations, almost all of them based on the English one.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: Some of the characters do not recognize gold. This is justified by the fact that peasants are extremely unlikely to have seen gold up close before and would be hard pressed to recognize it.

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* WorthlessYellowRocks: Some of the characters do not recognize gold. This is justified by the fact that peasants are extremely unlikely to have seen gold up close before and would be hard pressed to recognize it. However, once Jigo points out it's a gold nugged, a small pack of thugs forms almost instantly and starts following Ashitaka.
25th Aug '17 3:40:58 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* JerkassGods: The animal gods do not exactly endear themselves to the human race. Since Nago and his underlings retaliate against Iron Town's earliest settlers encroaching on their territory with violence right from the off; at least, [[UnreliableNarrator according to Lady Eboshi...]] Even Moro states that the Boar Tribe has and will always be guilty of the FatalFlaw of {{Pride}}.

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* JerkassGods: The animal gods do not exactly endear themselves to the human race. Since Nago and his underlings retaliate against Iron Town's earliest settlers encroaching on their territory with violence right from the off; at least, [[UnreliableNarrator according to Lady Eboshi...the townsfolk...]] Even Moro states that the Boar Tribe has and will always be guilty of the FatalFlaw of {{Pride}}.
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