Mononoke: the best horror anime of all time

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In feudal nhật bản, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households & the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to lớn draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth và Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit & keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place khổng lồ place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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It isn"t unusual for a person lớn feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them inlớn sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn"t a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels và motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable và what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.


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StoryKemonozume, Mind trò chơi, Gankutsuou... you"ve seen it all before. Or so you think. Part horror story, part surrealist art, Mononoke is another oddity that defines itself by looking spectacularly unlike the norm. Ugly in design yet beautiful in execution, và always laced with acute irony, the show could make me scream, laugh, và goggle almost all at once.My last hunt through the horror genre ended with the stunningly crap Jigoku Shoujo, also one of my fastest dropped anime to lớn date. If this mingle-mangle of vengeance stories is anything lớn go by, hellish torture just means nerve-racking boredom. Nonetheless, Jigoku Shoujo is a symptom rather than an accident of the horror genre, which often struggles with slogging narratives & generic monsters that just aren"t scary.Mononoke, in being both original and genuinely frightening, thus sticks out from its siblings lượt thích a shiny knife from a virgin"s breast. In fact, a more appropriate comparison than Jigoku Shoujo, và one that"s fairer lớn Mononoke"s excellence, is the outstanding Mushishi. Mononoke takes a similar humanising approach khổng lồ its paranormal subject matter, putting the tragedy of its characters first before adding some supernatural razzmatazz. On the other h&, unlượt thích Mushishi, Mononoke engages the senses more than the intellect, providing emotive sầu plots via svào hooks và dazzling climaxes. It"s classically designed mysteries come with fresh Japanese eccentricities and plenty of spectacle, making the whole product highly addictive sầu despite its steady pace.AnimationMononoke is not just animation, it"s a moving art exhibit. Everything is washed in faint scratches as though drawn on ancient parchment, và the characters look vibrant but distinctly two-dimensional. While the Medicine Seller retains a biseinen design, the secondary characters appear more lượt thích caricatures, with many having bulging eyes, fat lips và noses, and distorted forms that look both grotesque và funny.On the whole, the thiết kế brings to lớn mind Dali as much as it does ancient Japanese art, with a bottomless well of creativity to make established horror themes appear bold and new. From an entire background cast of mannequins to lớn guitar-playing fish demons, each story provides a fresh way lớn enjoy horror.SoundWhile the musical score"s only highlight is the samba-esque opening theme, the soundtrack as a whole is outstanding in its use of sounds. Unusual spooky noises abound khổng lồ enhance the atmosphere, build tension, and develop the show"s sensual appeal.CharactersMononoke"s characters will amuse, move, or disgust depending upon their performance. Mostly, they are vivacious, charming viewers with their bubbling madness whilst having only enough substance lớn matter lớn the plot. What remains with the audience, however, is not the individuals but the creative milieu they inhabit; thus their one-dimensionality matters little.Only the Medicine Seller remains a calm constant in an otherwise restless crowd, always with a wry, deadpan approach that"s as witty as it is unnerving. His garish face paint & subdued personality make him a fascinating bag of contrasts without fully explaining hyên ổn. Initially, he seemed a straightforward comparison khổng lồ Ginko, the lead in Mushishi who also travels around solving paranormal mysteries. However, while Ginko plays the role of a dispassionate bystander, the Medicine Seller seems to get a kick out his profession and takes an active sầu part in the resolutions. Moreover, the Medicine Seller has a mysterious appeal & screen presence that Ginko doesn"t - once he lands in a secondary character"s life, he becomes as much an attractive feature of the plot as the ghosts who inhabit it.OverallAnyone thinking this show is merely for the arty types because of its experimental animation, think again. Mononoke is blood-curdlingly scary in a way anyone can enjoy; where other shows fail to lớn even prichồng a fan"s imagination, Mononoke sends shivers streaming down their backs. Who can resist shaking like a leaf during the disturbing sea voyage with the hollowed-out tree? Who will walk away from the final "Ghost Cat" episodes mentally unscathed? Indeed, Mononoke comes shockingly cchiến bại lớn reinventing the horror wheel thanks lớn its invigorating style và powerful narratives.

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StoryEpisodes three through five sầu, the Umibozu arc, may be one of the greathử nghiệm things I have sầu ever seen in anime.Alright, allow me to baông xã up here: Mononoke is divided into lớn a series of standalone arcs; each of these arcs involve sầu the Medicine Seller solving the psychological problems & unearthing the dark, unpleasant secrets of the characters he comes across - which is to lớn say he fights monsters with a magic sword.Nominally a horror title, Mononoke really ismore aphantasmagorical mindfuck - it"s mystical, supernatural, & just downright weird. Expect to lớn be perplexed but never scared.Surprisingly it can be astonishinglytouching -the conclusion to lớn Umibozu is as movingly pathetic và bitter & human as anything I"ve seen in anime, & the better arcs are characterised by this personal approach. Even when Mononoke isn"t delivering that it weaves intricate & rather diverting stories with frequently grim undertones.In either case the anime is lathered in surreal symbolism.Well, whatdoes all that symbolism mean? Some of it"s pretty easy to figure out (apparently, wearing masks is related to putting on another face khổng lồ conkhung to lớn society - YOU THINK?), và even when it isn"t immediately understandable it never gets in the way of following the story.Flourishes aside, each of the plots are completely comprehensible, though some will require you khổng lồ pay cthua attention.Oddly, though- và I can"t găng tay this quite enough - Mononoke is a FUN series. While not the most purely entertaining pretentious series, it"s far more engrossing then it has any right to lớn be. I marathoned the whole thing in a breathless instant,& for that it deserves my utmost praise.AnimationEasily some of the best art direction I have seen in an anime series. Mononoke is classic Japanese art infused with a psychedelia of bright colours, gorgeously vivid texturing, & sprinkled with ever-so-slight old school animation style for some of the character designs (the goofier ones). The imagination used across the board - from the apparently more "mundane" particulars of the period details to lớn the bizarre imagery & staggeringly strange creatures - is nothing short of breathtaking.If I were lớn have sầu any criticism at all,one would bethat the movement isn"t the most fluid I"ve ever seen; though it"s still significantly well beyond average, would put most anime titles to lớn shame and its use is merely exceptional. There"s also acomparative lack of shading, butshading would arguably detract rather than enhance theintensely detailed and layered visual style.Okay, those criticisms died the death of a thous& qualifications, but Mononoke simply looks THAT GOOD.SoundThe opening is merely catchy enough but the ending is completely forgettable. However, the incidental music is highly evocative, whether presenting powerfully delicate emotional states or mystery-laden tension.While the voice acting is largely commendable, the cold, politely confident timbre of Takasura Sakurai as the Medicine Seller (also known as Code Geass" Suzaku, of all things) is particularly effective sầu.CharactersWho is the Medicine Seller? He"s dark, detached but entirely professional, he maylack sympathy for those heencounters but his understanding serves well as an alternative sầu. While apparently not human his true nature và inner feelings are forever shrouded in mystery. Ultimately though, while he"s an interesting creature to see at work he"s not one I"d have enormous empathy for. I found him most interesting when he displays his brutally dry sense of humour, which isn"t as often as I"d lượt thích.What empathy is to lớn be found here, then, is in the characters that vary from arc to arc. They can be funny, pathetic, repressed, enraged, duplicitous, treacherous, but if anything unites the key members it"s that they are strikingly human. More than once I felt the pain of characters I barely knew over a handful of episodes, & that too is another achievement for which Mononoke deserves praise. However, the series is as often as distant towards them as the Medicine Seller himself - either way, though, they"re consistently interesting.OverallUnlượt thích other episodic series that manage to feel effortlessly wholeeven without any underlying narrative or conclusion (such asMushishi), Mononoke never feels lượt thích more than a series of unconnected events.That và the variable quality of the arcs - while some are mind-boggingly amazing, others are nội dung to lớn merely be very good - would make me think twice before declaring Mononoke a masterpiece. I"m afraid it will have sầu khổng lồ settle with being one of the very best abstract anime ever made, a personal favourite, và an absolute joy khổng lồ watch.Second place"s no fun, eh?Well, I"ve sầu said enough at this point - if you"re looking for something that"s completely different from the norm, here"s a title you definitely should check out. You may want khổng lồ also kiểm tra out the last three episodes of Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror, which Mononoke is based on (the rest of Ayakashi is completely unrelated & unmemorable) but this is by no means essential.


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