The next few films in this list are here because, well, there isn’t any other place for them. They didn’t make me cry, and they didn’t really suck me head over heels into the story. Princess Mononoke (1997) is straightforward in its theme and message. While the main character, Ashitaka, is generally likeable, as is the secondary character San (Mononoke Hime), the story itself leaves a bigger impression, rather than the characters. The plot is very strong; the characters, not so much. This movie is probably the most graphic of his, what with limbs and heads getting blown off. For a Miyazaki film, I was really quite surprised.
The graphic nature is to reinforce the theme of the senseless violence that ensues out of hatred and greed. I suppose. Though the scenery, the character design, the creatures, i.e. all the visuals, reflected the Miyazaki trademark, the story was…
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