GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #11 – Mononoke

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It’s that time again, time to have some Anime Fun. This time Clarissa from Anime World Order joins us again to discuss the strange, supernatural, and visually unique 2007 TV anime, Mononoke. An original series based on the character of the Medicine Vendor from the earlier Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke features bright colors but dark subject matter, and it turns limited animation into an artistic statement rather than a budgetary consideration. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the show.

Final Thought:

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Fish Norio Wakamoto is best Norio Wakamoto.

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6 Responses

  1. Never even heard of this one, Paul – looks intriguing, though.

  2. Just by the artwork I’m starting to regret missing this when it first aired.

  3. This show is freaking great. I watched it all on crunchyroll (though I didn’t marathon it, that would be a bit rough) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think that while I was definitely sold on the show aesthetically, the weirdness of the horror totally got me. I definitely didn’t “get” everything that happened on the first viewing, but that didn’t keep me from having fun.

    That’s GME Anime Fun Time for you: putting out more anime content than Fast Karate and AWO combined.

  4. Of course, the secret is that roughly half of all GME Anime Fun Time episodes have AWO on them. 🙂

  5. This is one of my all-time favorites, and it kills me that it isn’t better known, so much love to you guys for getting the word out on this classic!

    As for the best/worst arcs debate, I prefer the two episode arcs, because the weirdness and ambiguity feels stronger. If you put a gun to my head and told me to choose a favorite, it would probably be the incense story.

    Also checked out Tesagure! Bakatsumono on Paul’s recommendation, and was sold on it nearly instantaneously.

  6. Excellent series. I’m surprised to see a show like this come out of Toei. The only other Toei show I know of that matches this in terms of its experimentation is Kyousougiga (also on Crunchyroll; I recommend this show for a future Anime Fun Time episode).

    My favorite arc is a tie between Nue and Bakeneko: the former because of its weirdness and use of unreliable narrators, and the latter because of how twisted it is. One really creepy moment from the Nue arc is when one of the suitors sees the old woman floating without any legs, a sign that she’s a ghost.

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