Discotek Media is bringing the 2007 horror anime ‘Mononoke’ to home video on Blu-Ray. Fans will be able to enjoy all twelve episodes of the series from Toei Animation and director Kenji Nakamura.
Five story arcs make up the entirety of the show with writers Chiaki J. Konaka, Ikuko Takahashi, Michiko Yokote, and Manabu Ishikawa.
The DVD release will have both the original Japanese voice acting as well as the English dubbed version. While it will be released on March 28, 2023, it is currently available for pre-order on the Right Stuf Anime website.
You can watch the teaser trailer below:
The series stars Rie Tanaka, Toshiko Fujita, Kōzō Shiotani, Eiji Takemoto, Yūsuke Numata, Aiko Hibi, Ryusei Nakao, Daisuke Namikawa, Yukana Nogami, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Tomokazu Seki, Yasuhiro Takato, Eiji Takemoto, Norio Wakamoto, Haruna Ikezawa, Houko Kuwashima, Hikaru Midorikawa, and Ako Mayama.
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Mononoke follows a wandering, nameless character known only as the “Medicine Seller” (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai). The series is made up of individual chapters in which the medicine seller encounters, combats and subsequently destroys mononoke. The mononoke are a type of ayakashi, unnatural spirits that linger in the human world by binding themselves to negative human emotions. The Medicine Seller always proceeds in the same manner, using his knowledge of the supernatural to fend off the mononoke until he can learn the spirit’s shape (Katachi), truth (Makoto) and reasoning (Kotowari). Only then can he unsheathe his sword and exorcise the demon. The English subtitles translate these three necessities as Form, Truth, and Reason.”
The series received a 2007 manga spin-off from Square Enix and was illustrated by Ninagawa Yaeko who did a sequel for Tokuma Shoten in 2013.
‘Mononoke’ itself is a spin-off of the anime horror anthology ‘Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales’ from Toei Animation.
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