Ranked #24

Mononoke Hime

Alternative Titles

English: Princess Mononoke
Japanese: もののけ姫


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


Score: 8.811 (scored by 176,020 users)
Ranked: #242
Popularity: #72
Members: 247,098
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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, Creator, Screenplay
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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Nov 20, 2015
Princess Mononoke, the flawed masterpiece of Studio Ghibli. The movie took me to another world in a way that few other films have ever done, and wields many powerful messages. What the film has to say is worth hearing, and there are moments that are very moving. The story is a good one, with many different settings, ideas, and some wonderful moments of pure beauty. But it sometimes takes itself a little too seriously, with excessive violence and preachy speeches. However, because of the wonderful presentation, it almost earns these elements.

The music is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, while the animation is read more
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Apr 26, 2015
First off, I LOVE Hayao Miyazaki and a lot of his movies. I fell in love with Studio Ghibli’s artwork, music, and pretty much anything about them. This is one of my all time favorite movies in fact. Just the story line is so beautiful about how man and nature are supposed to live side by side but when one fights against the other, there can be both misunderstandings and consequences. The story is open to interpretation but it feels like a timeless tale. A lot of times, I found myself believing that he could have made the story in this time frame and it read more
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Mar 12, 2008
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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Oct 15, 2015
Princess Mononoke was actually my gateway to anime. My family and myself came across it one day when I was in middle school and we fell in love with it then and it is still one of my favorite anime today. Joe Hisaishi composed an amazing OST for it which I listen to all the time and is in my top for OSTs - Its peaceful, mostly with out lyrics and I like the selection of instruments used. The art is good but it is an older anime so it won't look as good as a lot of the newer anime - but I don't 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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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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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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