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Introducing Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess: From Mononokehime to Princess Mononoke

Rayna Denison

Rayna Denison is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, specializing in Japanese and Asian film and television cultures. Denison is the author of Anime: A Critical Introduction (2015), has co-edited the Eisner Award-nominated Superheroes on World Screens (2015) as well as publishing in a wide range of academic journals including Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Cultural Studies and Velvet Light Trap. Her research interests include anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children’s film and television, especially animation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... Mononokehime demonstrated the commercial power of anime in Japan.Rayna Denison, ‘The Language of the Blockbuster: Promotion, Princess Mononoke and the Daihitto in Japanese Film Culture’ in Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai (eds), East Asian Cinemas:...

Anime’s Bodies

Rayna Denison

Rayna Denison is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, specializing in Japanese and Asian film and television cultures. Denison is the author of Anime: A Critical Introduction (2015), has co-edited the Eisner Award-nominated Superheroes on World Screens (2015) as well as publishing in a wide range of academic journals including Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Cultural Studies and Velvet Light Trap. Her research interests include anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children’s film and television, especially animation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Animation Studies Reader

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In this chapter from her book Anime: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2015), Denison contextualizes how women’s bodies in anime are read and understood by both Japanese and Western audiences. She examines their mutable...

The Translation and Adaptation of Miyazaki’s Spirit Princess in the West

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... on an adaptation that drastically alters the refreshing aspects Miyazaki portrays. His work is visually stunning and cinematically advanced for 1997 (as discussed by Rayna Denison in this book’s introduction). The film’s bildungsroman...

Homer, Ovid, Disney and Star Wars: The critical reception and transcultural popularity of Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... out for a middlebrow, culturally sophisticated audience.This decision might also have been informed by Studio Ghibli’s insistence that they retained the licensing rights to their merchandise. See: Rayna Denison, ‘Transcultural Creativity...

Marketing Mononoke: The Daihitto Becoming Disney

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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... but also draw attention to the marketing practices themselves – including the creation of ‘brand-networks’Rayna Denison, Anime: A Critical Introduction (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), p. 118. comprised of ‘star-images’Richard Dyer, Heavenly Bodies:...

Beyond Girlhood in Ghibli: Mapping Heroine Development against the Adult Woman Anti-hero in Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Many of the films of Studio Ghibli feature a child or young adult protagonist. In most of these cases, the audience is presented with a celebration of girlhood. From Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) to Omoide...

To ‘See with Eyes Unclouded by Hate’: Princess Mononoke and the Quest for Environmental Balance

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime film, Princess Mononoke, Jiko bō (Jigo in the US version), who often serves as a comedic foil, voices one of the film’s pivotal questions: ‘Just whose side is he on anyway?’ Jiko bō opens the interrogation...

Deer Gods, Nativism and History: Mythical and Archaeological Layers in Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In Mononokehime (Princess Mononoke, 1997) Hayao Miyazaki depicts the main character, Prince Ashitaka, as a son of the Emishi nation, one of Japan’s vanished native tribes, who inhabited West-Northern Japan before the Eastern-Southern Yamato...

Teenage Wildlife: Princess Mononoke and Hayao Miyazaki’s Theory of the Feminine

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Hayao Miyazaki’sThroughout this essay I use the family name Miyazaki to refer to Hayao Miyazaki unless otherwise indicated. film Mononokehime (Princess Mononoke) was released in 1997. Its release brought to an end one of the most productive...

Princess Mononoke: A Game Changer

Princess Mononoke : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...If we were to do an overview of the life and works of Hayao Miyazaki, there would be several decisive moments where his agenda for filmmaking changed significantly, along with how his films and himself have been treated by the general...