Anyone else seen an anime called Mononoke? No, not Mononoke Hime, just Mononoke. It's probably the only anime TV series I can say I really, really enjoy. And it doesn't rely on those tired cliches of panty shots, bouncing boobs, pointless fight scenes, power of friendship, or pseudo-philosophic monologues derived from shallow Wikipedia articles or quick-and-easy self-help articles.
It's a series of surreal stories set during the Edo period of Japan, following a mysterious medicine man who heals people plagued by phantasmal entities. The narratives move forward like a mystifying flow of thoughts or dreams, and the visuals are so rich, colorful, and out of the ordinary; many frames are works of art in themselves! The way the medicine man unfolds the characters' psyches like multi-layered flowers also brings out a truly cathartic element I so rarely feel in TV shows.
Having recently studied Japanese history, with special interest in folklore, I'm also pleased with how these stories are so modern yet so cleverly express an attitude or reality that is prevalent in the world of folk culture.
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