Read Mononoke Hime, Hayao Miyazaki's 1980 predecessor to Princess Mononoke

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While the film Mononoke Hime (known here as Princess Mononoke) served as Hayao Miyazaki's breakthrough in the Western world, it was preceeded by another Mononoke Hime.


Rather than a film, this version is a painted fairy tale storybook about a giant cat, a loyal daughter and a duke possessed by a demon. However, it retains all the charm of a Ghibli production, with an dynamic sense of motion in the paintings themselves. This translation has been presented online by the Conversations on Ghibli weblog.

This post originally appeared on Voyages Extraordinaires.

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Ottery StCatchpole

That really was beautiful ... it would be nice to see it animated, but it is still a thing of beauty. Wonderful story.