Princess Mononoke review

We Princess Mononoke - a beautiful example of mainly hand-drawn Japanese anime from Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke poster

Princess Mononoke

Certificate: PG

Voices of: Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida

Release date: 1997

4 out of 5


Before the acclaimed Spirited Away, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki made this animated fantasy that is available in both a subtitled and dubbed version (with the voices of Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson and Billy Bob Thornton).

Set in medieval Japan, it’s the story of a young warrior, Ashitaka, who searches for a cure for the gods’ evil wrath while being caught in a conflict that is destroying nature around him.

A beautiful example of mainly hand-drawn Japanese anime (much done by Hayao Miyazaki himself), this is often complicated stuff that won’t appeal to younger viewers but should intrigue teens (and grown-ups) and is a must-see for fans of original, clever animation.

Is Princess Mononoke suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

As stated, this is for older children as there are quite a few bloody battle scenes.

If you like this, why not try: Mulan, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, Mirrormask,