- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Reprint edition (21 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421575868
- ISBN-13: 978-1421575865
- Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 1.5 x 29.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,29,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Princess Mononoke: The First Story Hardcover – Import, 21 Oct 2014
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Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy AwardÂ® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series NausicaÃ¤ of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media.
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The plot of Princess Monoke is a rather straight forward fairy tale quest. I won't go into details other than to say that it involves a samurai who has given his daughter to a cat like beast in exchange for saving his life.
The book itself is an a quite large book, similar in size to ViZ's other studo ghibli art books. The illustrations are gorgeous watercolor paintings but have a real loose, almost quick study feel to them. Seeing Miyazaki's work is a real treat and it's impressive to see how much movement and emotion he conveys with just a few lines in his art.
The text is minimal and the overall look of the work is that if a larger, much thicker children's book complete with dust jacket.
I enjoyed the story and the art immensely. Obviously this book would appeal most to fans of Studio Ghibli. Reading through it one can see the beginning of ideas that would crop up in later films.
Overall this is an easy recommendation for any Ghibli fan or those who collect picture books. Well worth the price!
What a great buy. The book is a little expensive but it is a huge, well-made hardcover copy. It really stands out in your bookshelf and almost has that collectible feeling to it.
Also, for any fans of the story, it's a great and simple read.
I actually think it's a great children's book even if you haven't seen the movie. Beautifully drawn.
A new feature in our bookshelf.
For those familiar with Miyazaki's films, it's fun to spot the appearance of several archetypal characters he recreated again and again in various settings. For instance, the cat seen on the cover and in other pictures facially resembles the Cat Bus in My Neighbor Totoro.
The illustrations are five-star, but I rated the book four stars for a couple of technical issues: the color reproduction on some pages is too pale, and the english text occasionally has vocabulary that will need to be interpreted by adults for children who can otherwise easily follow the story.