Welcome back to your favorite movie analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast! On this week’s show, we tackle a Patreon-sponsored pick from Keithan Smith by the name of Princess Mononoke! That’s right, we once again move to the world of Anime—specifically Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.
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Diving in to Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke is the 10th feature film from Studio Ghibli, and the fifth to be directed by Miyazaki. It tells the story of Ashikata, the last Emishi prince who is cursed by a demon. He is told to travel to the western lands to search out the Great Forest Spirit in hopes of a cure, but in doing so, he will be exiled from his community. In his journeys, Ashikate encounters San, the Mononoke Hime (Spirit Princess). There is actually a lot more to it than that, it’s pretty complex.
In this week’s episode, we give our quick reviews and then play our game: Movies that Would Make Interesting Anime. We follow this up with round table analysis: discussing the film’s complexity, and the use of animation as a mode of storytelling. We then discuss the film’s complex themes and Miyazaki’s refusal to enter strict black and white territory. Dustin brings up the film’s dialogue with nature and spirituality and brings the conversation into the station.
So, grab your bow and mount your horse, we’re going on an adventure!
More GTGC Anime Discussions
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