Anime Japan

Mononoke

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A Medicine Seller travels along feudal Japan, uncovering and slaying evil spirits called “Mononoke”

Episodes 12
Studio : Toei Animation
Written by Chiaki J. Konaka(Original by Ninagawa Yaeko)
Directed by Kenji Nakamura

These animes are stories about mononoke, based on Japanese legends.
The art is awesome and though it may take some getting used to this unique world, the way the series it is quite beautiful.

【Plot】
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as Mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. The Mononoke are a type of ayakashi, unnatural spirits that linger in the human world.  A mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the spirits using the power of his Exorcism Sword. The Medicine Seller always proceeds in the same manner, using his knowledge of the supernatural to fend off the mononoke until he can learn the spirit’s shape (Katachi), truth (Makoto) and reasoning (Kotowari). Only then can he unsheathe his sword and exorcise the demon.

【Devilchoco Review】
It has an art concept based on the ancient paints that Japan is famous for.
This work takes upon itself a very “Japanese” style to fit their respective settings. I’d recommend you to have briefly check the each title’s “gangs of yokai(goblins)” before you watch this anime.

【What is the “YOKAI”?】

It has long been told in Japan that when one encounters a strange or peculiar phenomenon he/she suspects that Yokai must be manipulating this. It is said that Yokai not only punishes people for their laziness and selfishness but also teaches them to take good care of things and to respect nature and environment. Many Japanese have long been familiar with Yokai.”(From Sakaiminato City-Japan)

▼Zashiki-warashi ▼
It is child-like in nature, it is prone to playing harmless pranks and occasionally causing mischief.

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▼Umibōzu ▼
It is said to live in the ocean and capsize the ship of anyone who dares speak to it. The Umibōzu is said to have a large, round head, resembling the shaven heads of Buddhist monks.

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▼Noppera-bō ▼
Faceless ghost. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as a mujina, an old Japanese word for a badger or raccoon dog.

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Ryoi_Nopperabo.jpg

▼Nue▼ 
Appearing in the Heike Monogatari, it has the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger , the body of a Japanese Raccoon Dog and the front half of a snake for a tail.

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/67/Kuniyoshi_Taiba_%28The_End%29.jpg

▼Bakeneko ▼
“Changed cat” is a type of Japanese yōkai, or supernatural creature. There are legends of bakeneko in various parts of Japan.

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Buson_Bakeneko.jpg

About the author

Devilchoco

Devilchoco

海外周遊と漫画が好き。

点が繋がり絵となる。
その絵に物語と言葉が繋がり漫画となる。
2次元で創造された世界が時代や国境を越えて私達読み手へと繋がっていく。
Asian-portからそんな世界を目指したい。

I Love traveling abroad and reading comic books.

Dots turn into the drawing.
The drawing gets connected with the story, becoming a comic book.
The 2-D world goes beyond the borders and generations to reach us, readers.
This is what I would like to accomplish on Asian-port.

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