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Just San from Princess Mononoke! I kind of lost my joy of drawing for a few weeks after finishing my last illustration project. So here's me trying to find back to drawing with some Studio Ghibli. I actually haven't seen Princess Mononoke in several years by now, even though I love that movie. 
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PhyloSallasHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!!! Hi Joen! :D I'm sorry to hear you've been down on art...I hope this helps you come back. :3
And it looks amazing! I've never seen this movie, but the design is cool. :)
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Hey there! Thanks a lot :D I’m slowly getting back to drawing, but it’s tricky. I’m also bad at keeping up with what happens here, so haven’t seen how you’ve been doing lately. Princess Mononoke is a fantastic, and a bit odd, movie. I highly recommend it!

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Hi!! :D And you're welcome! It's really great you're trying to get back in the saddle. :3 And no worries, I'm pretty much the same. XD And fantastc but a bit odd? sounds like Miyazaki. XDDD

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Haha, yeah, I'm getting more drawing done now, but always that problem of actually finishing drawings too, haha. I have at least one friend who loves Miyazaki but was too freaked out by Princess Mononoke to actually like it. So maybe that says something.
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Well that's good! And I feel ya, man..Finished pieces are getting harder to do, lol. XD

Ah really?? Freaked out? Sounds interesting...XD now I kinda wanna see it more, lol

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Hahaha, let me know what you think if you get around to watching it!

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I will! ^_^

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Hime-sama! :love:
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I cannot say anything about that movie except I have never seen anything like it before or since. Very popular in Austin with people ten years younger than me. Good drawing as usual from you.

In my opinion if it doesn't have Toshiro Mifune chopping up bad guys than it ain't worth watching. Anime shows just how alien the Japanese are and always will be vis a vis our culture.

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Glad you like it! Personally, I love a lot of anime shows and movies and wouldn't call Japanese culture "alien". Though part of the charm is both discovering what an anime says to me personally and trying to get a glimpse of what it means for people from that culture. Kind of like how it's interesting to see the cultural differences in the transition from samurai films with Toshiro Mifune to their American western versions.
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Every single one of those Samurai to Westerns has been bad, in my opinion. What I thought was strange was that Yojimbo was based on the American novel 'Red Harvest', Dashiell Hammet's bloody and very readable pulp novel. Last Man Standing was just awful. The Magnificent Seven is worth seeing but pales next to Seven Samurai, although that theme kicks ass. My problem with anime and manga is usually the art style is indistinguishable from one to another, particularly manga. Of them all I have got the furthest with Full Metal Alchemist, a really good idea but as usual it was drug out for maximum sales.

While I would never send something and expect others to read or watch it, if you have not seen this than it is worth checking out, this is a six minute segment. A few seconds of it will give you the idea. Momotaro is the divine peach boy, and in two films he defeats the Ocean Demons, aka the British and Americans. By the time this was released in Japan I doubt there were too many theaters left standing in the big cities. As a furry artist I think the artwork top notch. https://youtu.be/aRp_G7ENZo4 This is wish fulfillment on the part of an increasingly desperate military dictatorship that was seeing it's country hammered into pulp.

Japan is now our best ally in Asia, and a bulwark against Chinese expansionism. I do not blame the Japanese people for WWII. That country held out for 3 and a half years against a powerhouse that was distracted by the war in Europe, almost unbelievable in light of their resources. Such people are best treated with respect. I recommend the movie Mishima, Paul Shrader's masterpiece and the story of one of my favorite people. It has never been released in Japan because Yukio's widow refuses to believe he was gay, which make one wonder if she ever saw any of his photos when he was a superstar. The movie uses stage technique for special effects most apropos to the subject, it is a Japanese/American production.

As always any opinion I express is mine and does not reflect on anyone's else's taste, I think the world of Japan and their most interesting history and culture.



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Finally someone makes Shakespeare interesting!

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Better late than never, but I always enjoy watching how animation has developed and changed through the years. So that was interesting! It's true that a lot of anime has a similar art style, but if you compare big movies like Spirited Away, Akira and Paprika, they often have very distinct style, even when you can recognize the same influences as in more generic animes.

Also, I'm one of those weirdos who actually like Shakespeare :D
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I am hopelessly old fashioned, no doubt. Lots of people like Shakespeare, I am more a Thornton Wilder type. Beastars is making quite the splash and I cannot find it anywhere on youtube. Well, I'm off to enjoy some serious storytelling!


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