History Anime / PrincessMononoke

16th Jan '17 9:07:11 PM NightShade96
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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 animated film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, originally intended to be his last until ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. It's notably one of his darkest films, with a somber ambiance and themes, yet lacks none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli production. Joe Hisaishi composed the score while author Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.

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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 animated film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, originally intended to be his last until ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. It's notably one of his darkest films, with a somber ambiance and themes, yet lacks none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli Creator/StudioGhibli production. Joe Hisaishi composed the score while author Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.
9th Jan '17 9:41:48 PM KingClark
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* AffablyEvil: Jigo.

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* AffablyEvil: AffablyEvil:
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Jigo.
9th Jan '17 9:41:35 PM KingClark
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* GreyAndGreyMorality: Everyone has their own reasons for fighting, and AudienceSurrogate Ashitaka finds it hard to blame anyone completely. Heck, San hates all humans...but she can't bring it in herself to kill anyone but Lady Eboshi, who has hurt her. Lady Eboshi meanwhile indeed sets out to kill gods and animals who get in her way, but it seems to be out of a genuine desire to help (human) people: the lepers say she's the only one who looked at them as human and she regularly buys women from brothels to give them a home and work.
** It is interesting to note that Eboshi initially favors the ''smooth'' method to assert the domination of humanity on nature--it is when Jigo threatens her that she turns to more drastic measures.

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* GreyAndGreyMorality: Everyone has their own reasons for fighting, and AudienceSurrogate Ashitaka finds it hard to blame anyone completely. Heck, San hates all humans...but she can't bring it in herself to kill anyone but Lady Eboshi, who has hurt her. Lady Eboshi meanwhile indeed sets out to kill gods and animals who get in her way, but it seems to be out of a genuine desire to help (human) people: the lepers say she's the only one who looked at them as human and she regularly buys women from brothels to give them a home and work.
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work. It is interesting to note that Eboshi initially favors the ''smooth'' method to assert the domination of humanity on nature--it is when Jigo threatens her that she turns to more drastic measures.
9th Jan '17 9:34:29 PM KingClark
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->''"In ancient times, the land lay covered in forests, where from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed. Those that remained were guarded by gigantic beasts, who owed their allegiances to the Great Forest Spirit. For those were the days of gods - and of demons."''

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->''"In ancient times, the land lay covered in forests, where from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed. Those that remained were guarded by gigantic beasts, who owed their allegiances to the Great Forest Spirit. For those were the days of gods - and gods--and of demons."''



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 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.



** GreenAesop: {{Reconstructed|Trope}} - see the entry below.

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** GreenAesop: {{Reconstructed|Trope}} - see {{Reconstructed|Trope}}--see the entry below.



* AristocratsAreEvil: Eboshi is shown to be a lighter shade of grey, but her samurai opponent, Lord Asano, is only described as "A greedy bastard". To be fair, Asano was described as such by Jigo, while he was sucking up to Lady Eboshi -- that and he chuckled about it immediately after; since it's a major example of pot meeting kettle.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Eboshi is shown to be a lighter shade of grey, but her samurai opponent, Lord Asano, is only described as "A greedy bastard". To be fair, Asano was described as such by Jigo, while he was sucking up to Lady Eboshi -- that Eboshi--that and he chuckled about it immediately after; since it's a major example of pot meeting kettle.



* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's]] [[AnAesop Aesop]]: Courtesy of Jigo -

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's]] [[AnAesop Aesop]]: Courtesy of Jigo -Jigo:



* CrapsackWorld: Face it... this world ''stinks''. To the especially negative, it's a frighteningly accurate thematic representation of man and the modern world- how, despite the philanthropic intentions of respectable and powerful people, there is no balance between man and nature, and that nature is rapidly losing its struggle to resist urban development and stay a habitable place for non-humans.

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* CrapsackWorld: Face it... this world ''stinks''. To the especially negative, it's a frighteningly accurate thematic representation of man and the modern world- how, world--how, despite the philanthropic intentions of respectable and powerful people, there is no balance between man and nature, and that nature is rapidly losing its struggle to resist urban development and stay a habitable place for non-humans.



-->'''Eboshi:''' He's a god, you fools -- it'll take more than one shot.

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-->'''Eboshi:''' He's a god, you fools -- it'll fools--it'll take more than one shot.



* DramaticWind: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] -- rather than merely being the usual dramatic convention for Miyazaki's characters, this effect seems to signal the presence of magic in action - usually the actions of the Deer God or of Ashitaka's curse.

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* DramaticWind: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] -- rather with]]--rather than merely being the usual dramatic convention for Miyazaki's characters, this effect seems to signal the presence of magic in action - usually action--usually the actions of the Deer God or of Ashitaka's curse.



* FoeTossingCharge: Played with - simply put, it's rare to see one that's pulled off with TranquilFury.

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* FoeTossingCharge: Played with - simply with--simply put, it's rare to see one that's pulled off with TranquilFury.



** It is interesting to note that Eboshi initially favors the ''smooth'' method to assert the domination of humanity on nature - it is when Jigo threatens her that she turns to more drastic measures.

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** It is interesting to note that Eboshi initially favors the ''smooth'' method to assert the domination of humanity on nature - it nature--it is when Jigo threatens her that she turns to more drastic measures.



* KarmaHoudini: Jigo precipitates a plot that destroys an ecosystem and pretty much gets away scot-free.
** Lady Eboshi [[spoiler:turns two gods into demons and kills two other gods, including the god of life and death himself. She is also as responsible as Jigo for the destruction of the forest and preferred to continue hunting for the Deer God instead of returning to defend her people. Possibly hundreds of people died after she shot the Deer God's head off. She suffers - she's maimed and sees the beloved town that she built demolished - but the punishment could still be considered light considering her crimes.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Jigo precipitates a plot that destroys an ecosystem and pretty much gets away scot-free.
** Lady Eboshi [[spoiler:turns two gods into demons and kills two other gods, including the god of life and death himself. She is also as responsible as Jigo for the destruction of the forest and preferred to continue hunting for the Deer God instead of returning to defend her people. Possibly hundreds of people died after she shot the Deer God's head off. She suffers - she's suffers--she's maimed and sees the beloved town that she built demolished - but demolished--but the punishment could still be considered light considering her crimes.]]



** The presence of both Shinto ''kami'' (gods) and ''yōkai'', including one ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daidarabotchi Daidarabotchi]], the ''Night Walker,'') well known example from Japanese folklore. Moro's two tails, much like a kitsune ''yōkai's'' multiple tails, are a sign of her age and power. The "demons" are actually ''tatari-gami'' - curse-gods; they can either be ''kami'' or ''yōkai'' completely overtaken by rage. Etc.

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** The presence of both Shinto ''kami'' (gods) and ''yōkai'', including one ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daidarabotchi Daidarabotchi]], the ''Night Walker,'') well known example from Japanese folklore. Moro's two tails, much like a kitsune ''yōkai's'' multiple tails, are a sign of her age and power. The "demons" are actually ''tatari-gami'' - curse-gods; ''tatari-gami''--curse-gods; they can either be ''kami'' or ''yōkai'' completely overtaken by rage. Etc.
6th Dec '16 7:35:10 PM _____________
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* BloodierAndGorier [=/=] DarkerAndEdgier: The most violent Miyazaki film to date, only rivalled by ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.

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* BloodierAndGorier [=/=] DarkerAndEdgier: The most violent Miyazaki film to date, only rivalled by ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''. [[note]]It is not his most violent ''work'', though. That honor goes to the manga version of Nausicaä.[[/note]]
2nd Dec '16 3:24:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* MrFanservice: Arguably Ashitaka, the one young, attractive male in the cast who frequently performs feats of great {{badass}}ery and/or [[ShirtlessScene takes his shirt off]].

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* MrFanservice: Arguably Ashitaka, the one young, attractive male in the cast who frequently performs feats of great {{badass}}ery badassery and/or [[ShirtlessScene takes his shirt off]].
12th Nov '16 12:57:30 AM NWolfman
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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 animated film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, with a rather dark, serious plot and ambience (compared to most of his other works), yet lacking none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli production. The score was written by Joe Hisaishi. Also worth noting is that Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.

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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 animated film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, originally intended to be his last until ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. It's notably one of his darkest films, with a rather dark, serious plot somber ambiance and ambience (compared to most of his other works), themes, yet lacking lacks none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli production. The Joe Hisaishi composed the score was written by Joe Hisaishi. Also worth noting is that while author Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.
16th Oct '16 12:38:02 PM LadyYuki
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* RampageFromANail: The boar at the beginning of the film is crazy/evil because of a bullet.

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* RampageFromANail: The 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 crazy/evil because of shot with a bullet. poisoned bullet, she decides that she has lived long enough and prefers to face her impending death calmly.
19th Sep '16 6:15:02 PM TheBigBopper
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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, with a rather dark, serious plot and ambience (compared to most of his other works), yet lacking none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli production. The score was written by Joe Hisaishi. Also worth noting is that Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.

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''Princess Mononoke'' (もののけ姫 ''Mononoke Hime'') is an acclaimed 1997 animated film from famed Japanese director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, with a rather dark, serious plot and ambience (compared to most of his other works), yet lacking none of the trademark stunning visuals of a StudioGhibli production. The score was written by Joe Hisaishi. Also worth noting is that Creator/NeilGaiman adapted the film's English dub.
5th Sep '16 10:29:24 PM Sharysa
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* EquivalentExchange: When San takes Ashitaka to the Forest Spirit to heal his gunshot wound, she takes a sapling as an offering. The Forest Spirit breathes on the sapling, which withers and dies, and breathes on Ashitaka, who comes back from death overnight.
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