The Art of Princess Mononoke
Leading North American anime/ manga distributor VIZ Media, through its Studio Ghibli Library banner, has issued a beautiful, updated hardcover edition of this must-own title. Released in 1997, Mononoke was the first of Hayao Miyazaki’s films to really break into the American mainstream, and this book captures the fantasy adventure’s journey from concept to the big screen in stunning detail.
In addition to looks at the director’s orginal concept art, finished 2D cels from the film and the early use of CG in the film’s production, the re-release includes fine-tuned translations of interviews with the filmmaker. Now that the great master has hung up his feature directing hat (allegedly for good, for real, this time, for sure), this updated look at one of his seminal works is a great addition to any animation fan’s library.