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YMMV: Princess Mononoke
  • Animation Age Ghetto:
    • Claire Danes (voice of San in the English version) comments in the DVD's special features that she came into the film expecting it to be a children's movie.
    • Quite a few of the actors go on about how it felt like a real movie and not an animated one.
  • Anvilicious: The good side of it.
  • Broken Base: Other Ghibli dubs have fallen into this atmosphere, but viewers can't seem to decide if the Miramax/Disney dub is good in its own right or a watered down travesty to the original Japanese. Purists stubbornly declare it's the latter, but there are fans of the English dub.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole album. By Joe Hisaishi no less. Particularly the hauntingly beautiful main theme.
  • Magnum Opus: Most people consider either this or Spirited Away to be Miyazaki's best film.
  • Narm:
    • Ashitaka rips off the arms of a samurai and heads off another with arrows. It is intended to make his curse more sinister, but it's also kinda funny and bloodless. Maybe done intentionally.
    • "FOREST SPIRIT! WE GIVE YOU BACK YOUR HEAD! TAKE IT! AND BE AT PEACE!"
    • "MY ARRRRRRRRRRRRRM!!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Several examples, such as Nago's death, the transformation of the Forest God, and the assassins wearing the skins of dead boars.
    • One battle scene also has the Iron Town riflemen shooting a volley at a charging army. As the smoke is clearing you can hear a guy yelling "MY AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARM!!" If you look real close, you can see the guy staring in horror at the ragged stump where his arm used to be.
    • Lady Eboshi's warriors wearing dead boar skins and shuffling after Akoto, who doesn't understand the danger he's in, but San does and he won't listen to her.
    • The music that plays when the headless Night Walker is searching for his head.
    • The first time we see the apes, they're all black with glowing red eyes.
  • Too Cool to Live: Moro, the Canis Major god who's voiced by Gillian Anderson in the English dub.
  • Ugly Cute: The Kodama. Weird, haniwa-esque facial "expressions" and occasionally shake and rattle their heads, yet oddly cute at the same time.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Sure, it's a Ghibli movie. So is Grave of the Fireflies. A lot of kids were traumatized by this movie when their parents took them to see it because Pokémon came out in America at around the same time. So logically, they'd love another Japanime type skit, right? There were reports of more than one parent storming out with their kid at the first decapitation and older kids and teens roped into watching it with their younger siblings cheering at the very same part.


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