Mononoke (2007) anime, TV – sub

435. Mononoke
Demon, fantasy, historical, horror, mystery, seinen, supernatural
Voices Sakurai Takahiro, Nakao Ryuusei, Takemoto Eiji, Fujita Toshiko, Orikasa Fumiko, Inaba Minoru, Yukana, Sasaki Seiji, Hibi Aiko, Midorikawa Hikaru, Takato Yasuhiro, Hirose Masashi, Kuwashima Houko, Aono Takeshi, Ikezawa Haruna, Yamazaki Wakana, Sakaguchi Daisuke, Tanaka Rie, Namikawa Daisuke, Shioya Kouzou, Soumi Yoko, Seki Tomokazu

 

The Medicine seller travels Japan, finding mononoke (evil spirits) and exorcises them with a sword. However, in order to unsheath his sword, he needs to know the mononokes Form, Truth and Reason.

 

I kind of love this. The music during the episodes is great (although I’m a little iffy on the op and ed). I love the art. Not only does it suit my personal tastes, it seems to work well with this kind of story.

The characters are interesting. You learn very little about the Medicine Seller, even though he’s the main character. He is good looking though (my current anime crush actually). You learn a lot about the mononoke and the people involved though, even though they’re only around for 2-3 episodes.

Based on the little I know, each short arc is based on Japanese legends, such as the zashiki-warashi. But it’s not like you need to know about the legends to enjoy the show, although I guess it couldn’t hurt.

 

Anyway, I’d suggest watching this. It was kind of creepy, especially the side characters that had no importance and the Nue arc (episodes 8-9). If you haven’t yet though, I would suggest watching Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror. If you don’t want to watch the full thing, I would suggest watching at least episodes 9-11 before this as it does have a character that will show up again and they will mention the events from there.

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