Princess Mononoke is 25, I’m 20: here’s how it makes me feel

In a time of rapidly escalating ecological disasters, I take a look back at the Studio Ghibli epic and ask: Why couldn't we learn our lesson?

I’m 20 years old. Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli’s epic and fantastical tale of a cursed prince, human greed, boar-gods and forest spirits is about to turn 25. The world seems to have changed tremendously over the course of my life, and in the time since the film was released. It has not always been for the better.

Certainly the film’s environmental conservation and anti-war messaging is as relevant, if not more so, than it was a quarter-century ago.

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