Mononoke is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new anime project, this time a movie, set to release in 2023. The announcement came during a special live stream, attended by Mononoke TV anime director Kenji Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai (who voiced Medicine Seller), and producer Koji Yamamoto. Nakamura will be directing the movie as well, and Takahiro Sakurai is also returning. A visual for the movie has been revealed:
A crowdfunding push for the movie will be launched on June 24 and fans have been invited to contribute. The announcement trailer is now available:
Mononoke is a TV anime produced by Toei Animation. It originally aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina TV block from July to September 2007 and had a total of 12 episodes. The anime was directed by Kenji Nakamura (Gatchaman Crowds Insight), with a screenplay by Ikuko Takahashi (episodes 1-2, 10-11) Chiaki Konaka (episodes 3-5, 8-9), Manabu Ishikawa (episodes 6-7), Michiko Yokote (episode 12). Takashi Hashimoto was a character designer and a chief animation director on the project. Yasuharu Takanashi composed the music. The story is a spin-off of the Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales anime from 2006 (also animated by Toei Animation), and over the years it had multiple manga adaptations.
Crunchyroll used to stream the anime and described the plot as:
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.