For our 53rd episode we review the Studio Ghibli and Hayeo Miyazaki film, Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke came out in 1997 and is still, in the opinion of this podcast, Studio Ghibli’s best film. It is Miyazaki’s most adult film that explores deep and often unanswerable questions. There are no easy answers in this film and the story takes great lengths to explore both sides of issues. There are strong pro-environmental themes running through this film but it doesn’t disregard the reality. Sometimes, destroying a forest is vital to someone’s life and livelihood.
We attempt a serious in depth discussion of the film in this episode. I don’t know how well we succeed. Neither of us are film scholars or are scholars in general. However, we gave it our best and hopefully it’s still entertaining.
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