Studio Ghibli is selling Princess Mononoke and no face masks

The Studio Ghibli Museum unveils new papier-mâché masks paying homage to fan-favorite characters from some of their most well-known films.

The Studio Ghibli Museum is selling mini masks to represent two of the studio’s most iconic characters.

The masks for sale are based on No-Face by Taken away as if by magic and San of Princess Mononoke. The masks are made of papier-mâché and can be worn or used as decoration. However, they are too small to cover a human face, with each mask being about twelve centimeters high. Both coins are on sale for 880 yen (approximately 6.47 USD), shipping not included.

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Taken away as if by magic and Princess Mononoke are two of Studio Ghibli’s most popular films. Taken away as if by magic held the record for the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time for nearly two decades, and it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003. It is widely considered one of the best animated films all time. As Taken away as if by magic, Princess Mononoke briefly held the record for highest-grossing Japanese film. It also won several awards, winning Best Film from the Japanese Academy Awards. Both films were directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

Taken away as if by magic follows a young girl named Chihiro who accidentally falls into the spirit world while moving to a new town. After her parents are placed under a terrifying spell that turns them into pigs, Chihiro must make a deal with Yubaba, the mistress of the Spirit World’s bathhouse. During her adventures, Chihiro encounters many spirits, but perhaps none have become as iconic as No-Face: the big menacing spirit with a voracious appetite. In its natural state, No-Face communicates almost entirely through grunts and moans. He wears a blank mask, creating the illusion of a face, but it is later revealed that No-Face’s real mouth is large and gaping, and is placed much lower on the Spirit’s body.

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Princess Mononoke is a film about a young prince named Ashitaka. After being cursed by a rogue boar spirit, Ashitaka travels east to discover the true cause of the spirit’s suffering. He finds a battle going on between the forest creatures and a nearby settlement called Irontown. In an effort to make peace with the villagers and save the forest, Ashitaka joins forces with San, a human girl raised by wolf spirits. San is known for the circular red mask she wears over her face, decorated with white details and holes for her eyes and mouth.

Both films are currently available on HBO Max and Amazon.

Source: Ghibli Museum

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