Princess Mononoke – The Storyboard Book

Princess Mononoke is my favourite Miyazaki/Ghibli film of all time. I remember watching it for the first time as a teenager and its incredibly visceral energy and stunning animation left me in a mild state of trauma, albeit in a good way.

Running at a whopping 134 minutes, Mononoke Hime is Ghibli’s lengthiest film ( I think ), and the whole animation was painstakingly storyboarded by Miyazaki-san himself, shot by shot. This book contains the entire collection.

(above ) A quick lesson in reading Japanese storyboards. There is a wealth of juicy morsels to be found in the notes if you can read Japanese.

(above right ) – a drawing that extends beyond the bounding box usually means the shot has a camera move, in this case a pan.

(above) A pivotal scene in the film – Ashitaka meets San ( Princess Mononoke ) for the first time. *cue Princess Mononoke main theme, string version*

(above) Grumpy Ashitaka and San. I love how Miyazaki-san finds time for self amusement/encouragement even during crazy production crunch times. San says “Quit your dilly-dallying !” and Ashitaka “Start drawing !!”.

(above) Miyazaki-san documents his boards with detailed notes, including sound effects. Here he describes the sounds made by a tree canopy filled full of Kodama : ZAAAA~~~~~ZAAAA !!!!!!

You may not understand Japanese, but Miyazaki’s beautiful sketches of the entire Princess Mononoke film is still a veritable work of art.

(below) The book comes with a protective cardboard slipcase.

Princess Mononoke Storyboard Book art book details :

– Dimensions – 8.6 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
– Softcover, 620 pages
– Color and Black and white, Japanese text
– Comes with card board slip case

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