I missed the ability to watch this with a childish wonderment…and chance for trauma but I don’t feel any particular connection or attachment to Princess Mononoke. Yet, ask me to describe it, the first words out of my mouth are “beautiful masterpiece”. Incredibly nuanced with mature storytelling that it’s a remarkable thing to witness. You’re not told to protect the forest; you see how vast and gorgeous it. The plot demonstrates the destruction people bring. It never points the finger by demoralizing and dehumanizing the provocateurs. It is right there with The Prince of Egypt as truly breathtaking animation epics.