Posted by psgels on 24 August 2007 with categories: Mononoke


After this episode, I’m going to take a small break to wait for the subs to catch up. It was a nice idea to try and watch this raw, but this is just one of these series that I want to fully understand. Unlike series as Toward the Terra or Seirei no Moribito, who have a continuous storyline, Mononoke deals with stories of 2 to 3 episodes, so every detail counts. I managed to understand this episode in the end, but I was too busy figuring out what happened to really enjoy the episode. ^^;

Still, this episode was really good. It seems that the woman didn’t really understand that she killed her entire family. The family she was married to kept abusing her, and her only glimpse outside was through a barred window. She was caught between her love for her mother, who was the one who married her to her new family, and her desire to be free and play. Her mother may have thought that she did a good thing for her child, by educating her well and taking good care of her, but she never let her do what she wanted. That indirectly caused Ochou to go berserk.

Hence the masks. She put up so many different faces in front of everybody, but she never really had the chance to show her actual face. Until, of course, she started killing. The man with the fox-mask is another one of these faces of hers. If I had to guess, then I’d say it’s the form of her ideal husband.

I’m not sure how many of you remember, but Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi also featured an arc about masks. In there, the girl (I forgot her name, sorry) went berserk because she thought her evil masks showed her true face. Interestingly enough, the conclusion of that arc was that every mask was a part of her, and that there is not one true mask. This arc in Mononoke builds further upon that, and they show how things can go wrong, as Ochou didn’t even realize that she’s been putting up different faces.

3 Responses

  1. Gingitsune says:

    * HUGE SPOILERS (THEORIES) *

    I’m tempted to believe that the “Man in the Fox Mask” was an alter-ego of the Medicine Seller himself, attempting to wake the woman out of her self-imprisonment — look closely at Man in the Fox Mask’s skin tone and his ‘human’ ears, and then look at the Medicine Seller’s “Spiritual Combat” form… What we are seeing here is an incredible effort on the part of the medicine seller to free this woman from her own self-enslavement. Everything in this episode, the murders, the man in the fox mask, the medicine seller’s story of being imprisoned, is a contrivance on his part.

  2. Kataklysm says:

    Actually she didnt kill anyone but herself. She made suicide and her sprit didnt notice. That was the crux about it all…

    wonderful seria!

  3. naneye says:

    Maybe too late ,but I want to share my opinion after watched Noppera-bō. Though this is the most difficult arc, I amuse how to read a lot of symbol and how THE HELL did a script writer make it out, it is too outstanding from almost mediocre animes in this time.

    IMHO…
    Ochou, She killed her spirit by her despair and logged herself in the kitchen>>prison/fortress.
    She wish her family died, so she was fooled by her mononoke that her family was killed.
    Kitsune-mask Mononoke was created by based on Ochou feeling,such as her wanted, her hope and her despair. So, he tried to fillful them for her.

    So, in the end after she know what hidden under her unconsciousness, she decided to gone.

    Btw,I don’t mean to say anyone who saw difference from me misunderstood it. The symbolic in this arc may encoded by many differance method, so it up to the audience for each own meaning.

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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:15 AM)
    :-)
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:11 AM)
    @Bam I’ve sent you the rough sketch via Deviantart. Don’t expect too much, It’s only done to show the perspective and lighting.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:43 AM)
    @Friend: I’m excited to see it, but unfortunately hadn’t had long access to desktop to draft mine yet :/
    You might wanna leave an indication on yours as to where the shaman goes if you can, that would be great.
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    Woah, that was a long discussion about the Inca O.o
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    @Vincent: That was pretty much the entirety of it. We were destined to cross Mississippi and inhabit the west, so why not take an active part in manifesting our supposed fate?
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    @Bam Slightly. Did americans use manifest destiny as an excuse to steal land from the natives?
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    @Vincent: I guess we were slightly more honest about it. It is funny how we use the fact after the matter as evidence of our divine providence. It’s like holding a gun to somebody and saying “fate wants you to die”, proceed to shoot them, and then say “see! I was right” lol
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    @Bam But unlike the american concept of manifest destiny, the Japanese used it as an excuse to wage what they were really doing: a war to hoard resources.
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