Mononoke Hime (1980) - The Original Miyazaki Book

Whew! This one took forever to edit and post! Presenting Miyazaki's 1980 book, Mononoke Hime. More in-depth commentary to come, but for now, enjoy the story, which was painstakingly translated and printed in English by E. Hakki, a devoted Miyazaki fan. Kampai!

























































































21 comments:

duygu said...

i've been reading some discussions about miyazaki and takahata, "who's better in directing, who taught the other what, who deserves to be where" etc etc etc and i was kind of confused. so, thanks for sharing those and reminding me why i love and admire miyazaki(himself!) and his works -not that it's a game i have to take a side, but...
ouch!that was long!!i think i might have overstayed my welcome.

Dominic said...

thank you for sharing that. I really enjoyed it. You could see elements of so many of his works all welded as one.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Duygu, you can never overstay your welcome here. We're all about long discussions and sharing everything. So if you feel like writing, go ahead and write! There's plenty of room to go around! Soup for you! Soup for everyone!

Cory The Raven said...

Thank you for posting this! What a wonderful story!

Anonymous said...

That was marvelous, I really enjoy all his works, this just proves it further. The only thing that disrupted my flow of reading was naming the beast Mononoke, I too quickly made the association to Princess Mononoke.

Anonymous said...

The warmth and magic is there. But don't you also feel a little bit reminded of the original Dragon Ball by this little adventure? Anyway, I much prefer his later Mononoke-story.

John-Claude said...

Are there larger scans of the artwork anywhere? I'd love to use them for desktop wallpapers.

Ventricity said...

i see many themes that are common in ghibli films here. nice story. i was expecting mononoke to turn into a human again ;)

RAWLS said...

I agree with John-Claude - "are there larger scans?!" I'm sure we'd all love to know where you got these from and how we could as well!!

Jonathen Smith said...

loved it! :) Lots of those great Ghibli elements through out.

Kaki Flynn said...

Thanks for posting. He tells the truth in his stories; that makes them sing. Just like the way hatred consumed the boar in Princess Mononoke, I like the way he shows here the consequences of hatred (some permanent) and the healing powers of compassion.

Jonathen Smith said...

Where did the photos come from? Can one buy a copy of the book from the Ghibli museum or something?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Mononoke Hime was published as a stand-alone book in the early 1980s, and it also appeared in Hayao Miyazaki's 1983 book, Image Boards.

Beatnikchicken said...

This was absolutely beautiful. You could most definitely see so many elements of future films in this gorgeous tale! Once again, Miyazaki creates a 'fairy tale' that greatly surpasses anything I was told as a child. My favorite part? The last page. Mononoke valiantly "proved" himself in battle, and won the love of a girl, yet he did change back into his "more handsome" and socially acceptable human form. He didn't need to, he was loved the way he was.
And I LOVE that!

Miyazki vs Lasseter said...

Look I love Miyazaki but you have to be honest with yourself that was terrible and NO IM NOT A TROLL. IM ACTUALLY SERIOUS. It reminded me of Beauty and the Beast except in the end of this a hairy creature married the girl. And doesnt it disturb you that she was wayyyy underage. I can't believe Miyazaki was thinking of making this into a film... If you dont believe me check out "Mononoke Hime Backstage" on YouTube. It's in one of the many parts.

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

My favorite part? The last page. Mononoke valiantly "proved" himself in battle, and won the love of a girl, yet he did change back into his "more handsome" and socially acceptable human form. He didn't need to, he was loved the way he was.
And I LOVE that!


I find myself enjoying that as well. I was sorta expecting the usual thing I've seen countless times before, but it's an interesting way to end a story this way with a character who remains the same anyway. I can see how some might have a problem with that concept (let alone questioning the morality of such a predicament). The story itself outside these images and test could still go on past what events are transpired here, and perhaps Mononoke's feline state might not be around forever if something doesn't come up along the way, but that's just my thought about it. The ending's as it is and I'm satisfied with it.

peter wassink said...

Great to see this wonderfull book here.

I had ordered it from japan years ago but could never read the words
Now, thanks to you, i can enjoy Miyazaki's work even more, cheers!

nieuwendorp said...

The artwork reminds me of Kagemusha for some reason.

nieuwendorp said...

The artwork reminds me of Kagemusha for some reason.

Kayla said...

Monoke is another word for youkai, which is a japanese word for monster. Notsomuch horrific beings, but the type that exist in legends and folktales, like the wolves in Princess Monoke, the inhabitants in the bathhouse from Spirited Away, and Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. Just wanted to specify that.
That, and i really liked this story. :)

ccmint said...

thanks for the translation. this was awesome! i can't believe you put the work into posting this, i really appreciate it. you have a great site, i'm going to check out the rest of your posts!

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