Re-watching Princess Mononoke is an amazing experience and it honestly affects me emotionally. It does this not just because it’s a great, powerful movie but because of personal nostalgia. It wasn’t the first Miyazaki I saw but it’s what really got me into searching out his films specifically and came out around the time that I was really starting to get into anime (keep in mind that I was eight).
Of course it began with a friend (uaod (〃⌒▽⌒〃))and I being bored with nothing to watch on TV. My mom told us we could pick a movie we had not yet seen on pay-per-view and we chose Mononoke. As soon as it started we were floored because it was unexpected just how incredible this movie was. Of course, we had the channel for twenty-four hours and watched it four times in a row. It’s rare that any film has this effect on me.
But viewing the movie again after fifteen years since it debuted, I knew exactly what to expect. I’ve seen Mononoke at least fifteen times and now it just makes the Wind Rises look so weak in comparison.
Watching it at my age now makes me see more clearly what Miyazaki was trying to say. He has always been associated with a strong environmental message, and this is apparent in Mononoke, but the movie is really an anti-war piece told through an enthralling epic fantasy drama.
The animation for Princess Mononoke makes my eyes well up noticing how much it’s aged, even though it is still so beautiful and always will be.