Princess Mononoke

Episode Rundown
00:54 – Miyazaki the anime hero
05:08 – Shades of gray morality
06:01 – Unburdened by Western political baggage
08:53 – Ashitaka’s empathy and respect for the opposition
15:29 – The animation of combat
22:23 – Progress as a bullet (and metaphor)
24:04 – The Emishi
27:00 – The fantasy setting & Human vs. Nature
28:27 – The village attack
30:15 – The stakes are high for Nature
32:42 – Jigo’s pragmatism
36:35 – Lady Eboshi and Moro’s attack run
44:02 – The beauty and ruthlessness of Nature
48:00 – Iron Town
52:15 – Ashitaka’s respect for Lady Eboshi despite their contention
1:00:36 – San vs. Lady Eboshi with Ashitaka as the moderator
1:05:22 – Nature’s internal squabbling
1:18:52 – Holding destructive and creative forces in balance
1:25:29 – Lord Asano’s troops get trounced at Iron Town
1:30:54 – Moro doesn’t hate all humans, only Lady Eboshi
1:32:49 – Ashitaka’s refusal to commit to hate
1:40:20 – The inevitability of death, change, and rebirth
1:46:22 – The unceremonious decapitation of the Forest Spirit
1:50:26 – The Forest Spirit’s death breathes life into the land


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