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Re-watched Princess Mononoke

Watched Princess Mononoke from

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and a mining town.

Took the opportunity to watch this while we had an HBO subscription because otherwise you have to buy it.

Gorgeous scenery – Miyazaki is a master at the majestic setting. The magical creatures are inventive and a little creepy in their otherworldliness.

There are no pure villains in this, everything is complex. It felt a little frustrating that the people wreaking environmental destruction didn’t seem to learn anything, and the two people closest to villains suffered little consequence.

Long! And unfortunately the ending suffers a rushed resolution, particularly between the prince and princess. They deserved a longer closing conversation with closeups on their faces for more intimacy and emotion. Howl’s Moving Castle suffered the same problem, even worse, maybe Miyazaki gets carried away by the middle and feels he needs to wrap up the close fast?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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