Princess Mononoke: Exploring the Universal Problem of Death

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Princess Mononoke – Exploring the Universal Problem of Death

Happy Ani-May! Melanie and Melvin kick things off this month by discussing Hayao Miyazaki’s adult animated feature: Princess Mononoke


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 38-minutes discussing comments made about forgiveness in last week’s Fireproof episode, as well as a further deep-dive into what God expects from His people regarding the concept (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)
  • Melanie and Melvin open by discussing adult nature of Princess Mononoke: political intrigue, warring factions, violence, etc.
  • Princess Mononoke sports deep, nuanced characters with incongruent mutual goals. This leads each character to be simultaneously relatable and at odds with the audience, depending on how the audience interprets each figure.
  • Despite all reasons for aspiration and conflict, everything dies under the weight of death. The end of Princess Mononoke explores this idea in particular.


Princess Mononoke is Rated PG-13 for images of violence and gore. It features Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijô, and Sumi Shimamoto. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Mononoke is featured here.

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