First Look trailer for Trippy Anime ‘Mononoke’ by Kenji Nakamura
by Alex Billington
June 19, 2022
Time for a first look from Japan! Toei Animation has unveiled a complete trailer for a feature film version of the underrated anime series Mononokenot to be confused with Studio Ghibli’s beloved Princess Mononoke. This one is completely different. The original series was released in Japan in 2007, and in honor of its 15th anniversary next year, Toei is preparing to launch this all-new feature that continues the story. A mysterious man called the drug dealer travels along feudal Japan, revealing and killing evil spirits called “Mononoke”. The film has the voice from Takahiro Sakurai as a medicine salesman. No other exact details have been revealed yet, but this is an impressive trailer! It certainly has a certain style, that’s for sure. Fans of the original series love it because it has such a distinct avant-garde look unlike many other anime. It’s the kind of teaser trailer that makes you see, no translation needed, even if you do not know what it is based on, it still looks cool.
Here is the first full Japanese trailer for Kenji Nakamura’s Mononoke movies, from YouTube (via Catsuka):
“Original new animation in cinemas 2023.” No plot synopsis or info is available about this new movie yet. The original anime series debuted in 2007 – a Japanese avant-garde anime produced by Toei Animation. A spin-off of the 2006 horror anthology series Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke follows the character of the drug salesman while still facing a myriad of supernatural dangers. Mononoke takes place between the end of the Edo period and the Meiji era in Japan with four class systems where samurai are the highest class and merchants (such as the medicine salesman himself) are in the lowest class. Only samurai were allowed to carry swords, which is why it comes as a shock to many of the characters that the drug dealer would carry a sword. This new Mononoke the film is directed by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Nakamura, director of the original series and other anime like “Tsuritama” and “Find Wasabi!”. It is currently set to open in Japan starting 2023. For more updates on the film, visit the official website. Is anyone interested?