Posted by psgels on 8 October 2007 with categories: Mononoke


Whoa… so everyone was hiding something! This story is probably the most horror-focused arc of the series with the arrival of yet another Bake Neko. I have no idea what the heck the Kotowari is supposed to be, and why the train-driver turned out to be the key-figure for this mystery, nor do I want to try and guess it. All I know is that I’m going to anticipate the final episode of this exciting arc. This is what I’ve been expecting from this series, and it’s going to be interesting whether this arc will be able to be as exciting as the original Bake Neko.

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  1. roastedpekingduck says:

    psgels, to give you a heads up, the people behind Mononoke ran out of budget for the last episode. Most of it is a recap, and the buildup is absolute crap. It’s a pity, but after a string of great episodes, Mononoke falters in the end due to its lack of budget.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    That is such a pity… and I was hoping for the final episode to be one of the best of the series yet…

  3. Harumi says:

    I’m not sure what roastedpekingduck is talking about, because just to confirm, I went to watch the raws. I saw no such thing, no recaps at ALL (unless a flashback to the events that lead to the “suicide” counts as a recap), and I thought the buildup was splendid, exactly what I expected from Mononoke thus far. If the last episode is something on low budget, I couldn’t tell at all.

  4. naneye says:

    I confirmed Harumi-san’s comment. The last episode’s animation quality don’t drop at all!!! It’s great as same as rest episodes.

    I want mononoke more, only 12 episodes don’t enough for me. **sad**

    :..(

  5. marsch says:

    Basically, Mononoke had a massive buildup and then ended with a “okay less evil people are forgiven and everybody spends there days happily ever after” ending that was a massive copout and completely contrary to the series usual tone.

    • EB-the-GAMER says:

      I don’t think its out of tone if these people were indirectly responsible for a death, and got a retribution at the end.

      They were already punished in a pretty damn-horrifying way after all. Its not really a happily ever after for everyone, The girl’s still dead for one, and most of the other character’s lives go on and they show repentance and guilt over what they did.

      lastly The series is notorious for its bittersweet endings. Both the Umi-Bozu and Noppera-Bo stories ended on happier notes like this one did.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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