Ranked #23

Mononoke Hime

Alternative Titles

English: Princess Mononoke
Japanese: もののけ姫


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 12, 1997
Season: Summer 1997
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #232
Popularity: #70
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A calm village residing in the mountains comes under attack from a demon-possessed boar one day.

Ashitaka, a young man and prince of the tribe, engages the creature in an attempt to save his village. During the battle, the boar bites him on the arm, leaving it blackened and cursed. Following his village's traditions, Ashitaka is exiled and becomes a wanderer, looking for a solution to the curse before it engulfs him.

Iron Town is a fortress under the leadership of Lady Eboshi. Through the clearing of the surrounding forests, Iron Town produces large amounts of Ironsand, used for gunpowder and other machinery. However, because of the forests destruction, nearby animal clans seek revenge led by a human girl of the Wolf clan called San.

When Ashitaka comes to Iron Town, he discovers the area consumed in battle. Horrified, he attempts to create peace and befriend the Wolf Clan. However, after the forest's eradication and the ongoing war between Human and Beast, will the Spirit of the Forest be forgiving and accept Ashitaka's request to expel his curse?

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ishida, Yuriko
Ishida, Yuriko
Matsuda, Youji
Matsuda, Youji
Miwa, Akihiro
Miwa, Akihiro


Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Screenplay, Creator
Gaiman, Neil
Gaiman, Neil
Hisaishi, Joe
Hisaishi, Joe
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music

Opening Theme

"Ashitaka Sekki (アシタカせっき; The Legend of Ashitaka)" by Joe Hisaishi

Ending Theme

"Mononoke Hime" by Joe Hisaishi

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Mar 12, 2008 11:21 PM
Let me start by saying that I am not a Miyazaki-disciple. I do not view him as the "grandmaster of everything anime." When I say "yeah...Miyazaki is ok" I say it not out of ignorance (I've almost every one of his films) but because I personally find him to be incredibly overrated. However I find that when he has all of his stuff together, Miyazaki can destroy practically any other director out there, the man is incredibly talented, but his problem is consistency.

When I say that Princess Mononoke is his masterpiece, I mean it. It was the first film where read more
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Jun 21, 2008 8:54 PM
First of all I'd like to say this is my favorite Miyazaki Film. Why you might ask? Its the most powerful and thought provoking of all his films. It also communicates a message very differently since it has much darker overtones than his other lighthearted films. While they may be enjoyable and powerful in their own way they can never be compared to the stature of this film. I hold this one higher than the quality of Spirited Away. Which in my opinion is then most overrated Miyazaki/anime film. This is the one film that Miyazaki completed perfectly because it gave you that feeling that read more
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Sep 10, 2008 2:43 PM
For each new Studio Ghibli film I watch, I just get more and more convinced that they are the best animation movie studio out there. Princess Mononoke is by no means an exception.

Ashitaka, the last prince of a people called the Enishi, gets cursed while fighting a demon, and sets out on a journey to get rid of the curse, which can be lethal. He soon hears rumors of a forest spirit that can give and take away life, and sets out to find it. However, he soon finds himself in the middle of a fight between humans and animals, and he soon gets to read more
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Nov 19, 2012 5:35 PM
Edit: My first review I wrote when I was much younger before posting it to MAL, sorry if it's shit.

What began as a list of the best Studio Ghibli movies to date has slowly and tenderly developed into a review praising the wonders of the 1997 classic, Princess Mononoke. Something that seems inevitable when dissecting possibly one of the greatest and most prolific motion picture production studios in the world.

Princess Mononoke told a riveting, original tale about a young boy cursed with an evil parasite and his journey to rid himself of it. This fairly straightforward story soon changes course after he tasks himself with read more
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Both Miyazaki...both great storylines. Each has great elements of fantasy and action,.. and to finish.. each has an amazing OST by none other than Joe Hisaishi.  
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They pretty much share the same mentality regarding nature and spiritual life, both being influenced by the supernatural. The overall atmosphere is also the same with incredible scenery and hauntingly beautiful music. The most simple things turn out to be miracles of life.  
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Both deal with the relationship between nature and humans. The OSTs are wonderful. The scenes of fight are very well done (even if Gin'iro no Kami no Agito is futuriste and Mononoke happens in the past).  
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Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are epic films by Hayao Miyazaki that will leave an imprint on you in some way or another. Truly unforgettable. 
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Anime: Pokemon: Celebi Toki wo Koeta Deai
If you pay close attention you'll notice that Pokemon 4Ever takes a lot of influence from Princess Mononoke. Suicune appears to be based on the Forest Spirit, the Iron Masked Marauder appears to based on Eboshi, Satoshi appears to be based on Ashitaka, Celebi appears to be based on San, etc. 
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Plotwise both are about a prince who's going on an adventure to fight a curse and stand up to his fate.

Also the fantasy world's setting is similar: These are times when men fight between each other but also nature that they don't understand. Anime touch the subject of spiritual beings, demons and moral problems of humans who don't treasure life.

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