‘Mononoke: Karakasa’ Releases New Trailer and Tons of New Information!

'Mononoke: Karakasa' Releases New Trailer and Tons of New Information!
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A spin-off of the original anime series, Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke is undoubtedly one of the most peculiar original anime series we have on the market. It is an avant-garde series focusing on the supernatural, incorporating elements of mystery and psychological horror, as the series focuses on the unnamed traveling apothecary who is stingy with words. He travels with his medicine cabinet and a box containing a spiritual sword whose pommel is adorned with a monkey’s head, fighting numerous supernatural enemies along the way.

The original anime series ran for 12 series in 2007 but the series is coming back with a feature-length anime movie titled Mononoke: Karakasa, which is going to be released on July 26, 2024 in Japan. Today, a new trailer and a lot of new information has been released, so we are going to report everything to you here.

The Mononoke anime movie was announced back in 2022, as part of the anime’s 15th anniversary celebration. It was originally scheduled to be released in 2023 but was ultimately delayed to July 2024. Before we reveal more information, here is the new trailer:

The new trailer revealed the theme song of the movie, “Love Sick” by Aina the End, as well as numerous new scenes from the movie, focusing on new supporting characters from the series. Also, on top of that, a lot of new cast members have been revealed, including Hana Kanazawa as Kitagawa, Daisuke Hosomi as Sakashita, Haruka Tomatsu as Botan Otomo, Yoko Hikasa as Fuki Tokita, Miyu Irino as Tenshi, Kenjiro Tsuda as Mizorogi, Yuko Kaida as Awashima, Yukana as Mugitani, and Jun Fukuyama as Hiramoto. Alongside them, Tomoyo Kurosawa will appear as Asa, Aoi Yuuki as Kame, and Mami Koyama as Utayama. Hiroshi Kamiya will replace Takahiro Sakurai as the apothecary.

As for the crew members, there are some new and some returning names; here is a full list of all the known names:

  • Director: Kenji Nakamura (MononokeGatachman Crowds: Insight)
  • Animation character designer and chief animation director: Yuuichi Takahashi (Blue Giant) as animation character designer and chief animation director
  • Visual director: Youichi Senzui (Den-noh Coil assistant composite director) 
  • Art director: Akira Kuramoto (Danmachi 2016 OVA) 
  • Art director: Youko Saitou (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie
  • Color designer: Kunio Tsujita (Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song)
  • Music composer: Taku Iwasaki (Bungo Stray Dogs)
  • Animation production: TWIN ENGINE EOTA

A new poster has also been revealed as part of the preparation for the upcoming movie, which you can also check out here:

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As you can see, today was a very good day for Mononoke fans as the quantity of new information was truly amazing, which is sure to make fans of the series very, very happy. In case you’re not fully acquainted with the series, here is an official synopsis to motivate you to give this great series a go:

In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the spirits using the power of his Exorcism Sword. In order to draw his sword he must understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the evil spirits in his wake.

As we have stated, the Mononoke series is definitely among the more original series, and we’re happy to see it continue, even though it’s been more than 15 years since the last work was released. The movie will hopefully be a hit, which will result in the series releasing more works in the future. In light of that fact, be sure to keep following us as we are going to bring you all the updates as soon as they arrive!

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