Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
I am not sure how nerdy my readers are, but I kind of excel in that department. This film actually played out like a lot of video games I have enjoyed. While I can understand why this wouldn't appeal to everyone, it certainly appealed to me.
In the Muromachi period of Japan, Ashitaka defeats a demon before it destroys his village. However, the demon cursed him, giving him superhuman powers that will eventually kill him. Ashitaka searches for a cure but finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and a mining town.
This really does sound like a Legend of Zelda game, so much so that I am kind of starting to think Ocarina of Time is a rip off. Perish the thought. Anyway, it probably would have worked better as a video game, but it was still visually stunning. After Akira, I was a bit wary of anime and this was a pleasant surprise.
Still, I understand if the fantastical plot would turn some people off. As I own my own Link figurine (with detachable parts!), I enjoyed it.
In Japanese mythology, wolves and dogs always have male voices, while cats always have female voices. For this reason, a man does the voice of the mother wolf.
550 colors were used in the film.