Simply one of the best films ever made. The story is epic. Yes it has this romance theme through out it. the good thing is that it doesn’t annoy me. This is a violent film. Very graphic in parts. This is also very tripy. I could watch this under the influence and be mesmerized by it. The voice acting on this studio gibli film is done really well. I can watch it in english and not throw up all over myself. This is not the case with a few other gibli dubs. Hats off to claire danes, gillian anderson, mini driver, and billy bob thornton. They managed to actually do a good job on the dubs. I really love the gods of the forest. And the great forest spirit is really tripped out. I love it.
What I really love, is the over all story. Man vs nature. Human kind vs the forests, and the spirits and gods of the forest. I cry when I watch movies like this. My heart really bleeds for nature. These movies really hit it home. The fact that in this fictional story, the truth of what mankind is really doing in reality, is told in this fictional story(the truth is usually in the fiction, the lies are usually in what is called the truth). Hayao Miyazaki always knows how to get the very issues I really care about. His other films are amazing as well, I previously reviewed Spirited Away which I really loved as well. The characters, the acting, the story are very strong in this anime. I give this a 5 out of 5. Go rent it or Click Here To buy the DVD.