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An alternate universe fanfiction adaptation of Princess Mononoke with hints of Inuyasha, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, The Incredible Hulk and even Ferngully The Last Rainforest. When seventeen-year-old Alex Killian moves from America to Tokyo, he is told of an ancient legend by his aunt. One day, Alex comes across a portal in an old tree which transports him to ancient Japan where he is cursed by a boar demon. As he tries to find a way to cure himself of this, he discovers he and several others like him are destined for something far greater...


The fic is forty chapters long, with several chapters being nothing but author's notes, and at least the first half of the story is plagiarized, almost verbatim, from a very similarly named fic, "A Legend of the Past, a Savior of the Future," by fanfiction author N'Jata.

It can be found here. The fic it was "inspired" by can be found here.

There is a riff of it at Library Of The Damned, which had been going strong for fourteen chapters, but was finally drawn to an abrupt conclusion when the riffer, SC, realized that he had allowed himself to get too wrapped up in a personal vendetta. The riff can be found here.


Tropes appearing in this fanfic include:

  • Action Girl: San, Kaya, Cera and Nadia.
  • Adapted Out: Ashitaka is replaced with Alex.
  • Adaptational Badass: Kaya.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Emishi culture, the Ape tribe, the scene with Moro and more are expanded upon.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Moro scolds San due to the fact she went out with only her brothers and could have gotten herself killed.
  • Anachronism Stew: In his ongoing riff of the fic at the Library of the Damned, riffer SC notes that, "If I took the time to nitpick every anachronism he (Stone-Man 85) throws around, these chapters would become even LONGER." This is an understatement. (Before reading the examples below, it's important to remember that the Muromachi Period lasted from 1392 to 1573.)
    • Medical syringes apparently exist in the Muromachi Period, despite that they weren't invented until 1853 by a Scottish man and a French man.
    • Night-vision goggles also get a passing mention in chapter fourteen. Night-vision-anything didn't exist until 1929, when a Hungarian scientist created the infrared-sensitive electronic television camera.
    • Alex is forever tossing around pop culture references that nobody in the Muromachi Period would ever live long enough to understand - everything from V for Vendetta, to to an offhand comment about Jesse Owens, to pizza, to Lara Croft... the list goes on.
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    • Though the author acknowledges the existence of the bullet ball that kicked the movie's plot into motion, he quickly proceeds to imply, multiple times, that the rudimentary firearms of Irontown utilize modern-day ammunition.
    • Yashahime apparently has steam-powered technology. Though studies into steam technology date back as far as two thousand years, the earliest devices were unreliable, and steam engines didn't start being patented until 1606, by a Spaniard. What is considered the first real steam engine was built by a British man in 1698.
  • Animal Motifs: The Hanyos have these judging on which demon they have come across:
    • Alex: Boar
    • San: Wolf
    • Takemaru: Lion
    • Yashahime: Wolf
  • Arc Villain:
    • First arc: Eboshi and Takemaru
    • Second arc: Baras
  • Artistic License – Geography: In the earliest chapters, the narrative places the setting of the fic in the area of Tokyo, Japan. The actual setting of Princess Mononoke, in fact, cuts a rough L-shape around Tokyo.
    • In chapter one, Alex and his sister are waiting for their father at the Tokyo International Airport, after disembarking a flight from Miami, Florida. There is no Tokyo International Airport. There are, respectively, a Narita and Haneda National Airport, although Haneda appears not to have any connecting flights to or from the United States.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: Alex likes to point out that he's a doctor's son, and knows first aid. And then he goes and shows the exact opposite, especially when he discovers two injured men in the forest on his way to Irontown.
  • Axe-Crazy: Sechs is a Tolmekian mercenary armed with primitive Uzis and questionable sanity.
  • Bad Ass Adorable: San, of course. There's also Issac, a fox-squirrel familiar who can change his size.
  • Big Bad: Hexxus, the spirit of chaos.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Alex calls out Moro when they are speaking to each other.
  • Black and White Morality: The fic's author seems to believe this is the case in regards to the main conflict of Princess Mononoke.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The riff at the Library of the Damned points out, "The only reason Alex gets away with being a hero in this fic is because Stone-Man 85 made the intended villains worse."
  • Body Horror: Whenever the gods become demons. This is also what happens whenever Hanyos transform, and when they die.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: San, while possessed by Baras.
  • Bumbling Dad: Alex and Kari's father.
  • Combat Stilettos: San in her Awakened state.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Demons' "worms". Also, Alex can produce vine-like extensions as whips after being blessed by Somiesa. Baras uses vines.
  • Cool Mask: San's mask.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Hanyos are humans who become half-demonic hybrids after the acquisition of a curse. They gain enhanced speed, stamina, strength, and more, but at the cost of losing what makes them human.
  • Dark Action Girl: Yashahime, Salka, Baras and Eboshi.
  • Dead Pan Snarker: San, Anju and Issac, with Isaac being the most frequent. Alex does this sometimes, as well.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: San, just like the original movie.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Alex does this a few times to the Spirit Kings and the Guardians.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Rukia in her human form wears toeless/ankleless socks leaving her ankle and toes bare while San's newest look has her wearing toeless moccasins.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Not just Shishi-Gami, but also the Spirit Kings in general, one of which, Somiesa, is able to peer into time itself.
  • Elemental Embodiment: The Spirit Kings are animals composed of different elements.
  • Elite Mooks: The Hellhounds.
  • Expy:
  • Fantastic Racism: The humans and gods don't get along very well.
  • Femme Fatalons: Yashahime in her Hanyo form. Salka herself even seems to have these.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Alex at first, then San.
  • Flanderization: San's beauty and ferocity are both over-exaggerated to the point that SC finally dubs the character San is being transformed into, "Sannabe," a portmanteau of San's name and "wannabe."
  • Foreshadowing: San notices Alex reading an Incredible Hulk comic, where the Hulk is fighting Abomination. The fight between Alex and Takemaru winds up being a lot like a fight between the Hulk and Abomination.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Rukia.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Subverted. The apes loyal to Somiesa have calm green eyes.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Part of SC's line of reasoning for ending the riff only fifteen chapters in is because he was becoming so personally invested in making the author look bad, that it bordered on being downright fetishistic.
  • Hulk Speak: The rogue apes led by Saru speak in very disjointed sentences.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played with. San, being raised by wolves, doesn't know about modesty.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Even though the fic credits itself as a Princess Mononoke story, the author has hinted at plans to include several other properties such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl's Moving Castle, Earthsea, Castle in the Sky and Godzilla.
  • Jerkass: Alex; between his constant complaining, blatant disrespect of authority figures (in a time where that could get you killed, no less), endless pestering of a woman who already hates humans, and his marked narrow-mindedness about the whole humans versus forest issue, it's really hard to find anything nice to say about his character.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rukia may be a monotone, human-hating Fire Spirit, but that doesn't stop her from helping Alex at any chance she gets.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: So many characters get misnamed, it borders on ridiculousness.
    • Shishigami is repeatedly called Shisha-Gami, or Shishi-Gami, neither of which are the proper spelling of his name.
    • The Emishi village is called the Amishi village.
    • Yakul is misnamed "Ah-Uh."
    • Ryukotsusei is misspelled, "Ryoukotsei."
    • A minor Emishi guardsman known as Jiisan is called "Gisan," which means "formic acid."
  • Nobody Here but Us Birds: Alex tries to pass himself off as talking cicadas when he first encounters San and her tribe... she sees right through that.
  • Take That!: Recently, the very author Stone-Man 85's fic was "inspired" by - N'Jata - came forward and made it known that he was in full support of the riff, which SC promptly rubbed in Stone-Man 85's face.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Another reason SC cut the riff short was because he realized that he was, "becoming one of those Aesops in the making, where the guy is so driven by a singular goal that he doesn’t know what to do with himself when he finally achieves it."
  • You Keep Using That Word: Alex throws the word "parasite" around frequently as a description of his curse, in spite of the fact that a curse, by definition, could not be a parasite, as it is not a living organism, but a supernatural force inflicted upon others by way of vocal incantation (i.e., what Nago did to Alex upon being slain).

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