Princess Mononoke : 5 of 5
Just like tons of American fans of Miyazaki, the first of his films that I saw was Princess Mononoke, and it blew me away. I can still remember seeing it in the theater and being so impressed! Since then, I've seen all the Studio Ghibli productions that I can, and I've bought almost everything on DVD, but for some reason, I had never bought Princess Mononoke! The other day I got talking about it at work, and that really stirred up my interest again, so I ordered it right away (pretty cheap on Overstock.com). I can't believe I waited so long to buy it - it's such an amazing movie! I had forgotten most of the plot, but I remembered several scenes shot for shot. The characters are really interesting, especially San and Ashitaka, of course (and I love how they both stay true to themselves, avoiding the obvious possible romance ending). I think the women working at the iron works are funny - I love the scene where Ashitaka works the bellows for them. There's not enough positive ways to praise the animation (with only a hint of CG!), but I have to say the Yakul has the most convincing animal movement of just about any movie I've seen. The pacing of the story is amazing, too - it has several highs and lows, but always keeps building the excitement to keep things moving forward. I'm so glad that I finally own the DVD and got to watch this movie again!