“In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One 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. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from Place to Place, striking down the evil spirits in his wake”
I discovered this utterly original anime series from a post at Anime News Network, “8 Most Visually Striking Anime Productions“. I picked Mononoke because it was available cheaply in a good quality DVD. Boy, was the author of this post right: Mononoke is certainly the most unexpected and delightful anime series I’ve ever seen and not just because of the visual style (which is psychedelic at times), but for the crazy/strange plots the writers have come up with. Sadly, the series seems to have lasted only 12 episodes (see below).
If you love anime, especially creative and wild anime, Mononoke is your ticket. You will be utterly surprised by the intensity and strangeness of the style and disturbed by the stories. What more could a horror loving anime freak want?
Produced by Toei Animation, the anime series was directed by Kenji Nakamura, written by Chiaki J. Konaka, Ikuko Takahashi, Michiko Yokote and Manabu Ishikawa. Takashi Hashimoto directed the animation and was the character designer, Takashi Kurahashi was the art director, its music was composed by Yasuharu Takanashi, and it was broadcast in Fuji Television’s block Noitamina between July 2007 and September 2007, lasting 12 episodes. Siren Visual licensed it for Australasian region.