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Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

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Hayao Miyazaki's original story for the iconic film.

Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection of rough illustrations that told the tale of a girl and a Totoro-esque mountain lion trying to save her father. It bares little resemblance to the final film, but is still a fascinating look into the origins of the story.

Viz will be releasing this under the title Princess Mononoke: The First Story later this year in October. In addition, they'll also be re-releasing the Princess Mononoke art book in case anyone missed it the first time around. Here's the full PR details:

THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hardcover Available August 2014

A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production.

PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY, by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Hardcover Available October 2014

An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter's hand in marriage... 

Via PR.

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