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.

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  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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 09:52 PM)
    @Mintopia: A yes that one, I recommended it on here recently.
    Though I need to read more of it myself.
  • Mintopia
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 09:48 PM)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:51 AM)
    Fury, like blackhawk down, weren’t really of note, they were just action movies, never poor, never great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:49 AM)
    Theres an old French documentary, it might be from the 50s or a bit later than that which dealt with the holocaust.
    Shoah is another long loooong doc about WWII.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:46 AM)
    Haven’t heard of men behind the sun.
    And I actually didn’t want to watch inglorious basterds because I was certain it was gonna treat a serious subject unseriously.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:45 AM)
    @;(: I had to watch boy in the striped pajamas twice to really appreciate it.
    Pianist is more my thing because its bleaker and in general I’m quite the fan of Polanski’s films.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: actually I found boy in the striped pajamas to be underwhelming in comperasion to how holocaust stories are. And the pianist is a great movie. But when you think about it, the guy kind of avoided a much worse fate by hiding and never being found.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:42 AM)
    I still need to see all quiet on the western front.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:41 AM)
    *goofy
    Men behind the sun shows the torture of the Chinese under the Japanese, its on the wrong side of exploitation cinema.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:39 AM)
    Some war movies go the goo route like inglorious basterds and the black book.
    Unfortunately there are also films such as men behind the sun.

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