My mouth was agape, awestruck for the entire duration.
I know I claimed Spirited Away to be the best animated film ever, but now I just don't know anymore. Are these two tied? Is this the best animated film? Is it still Spirited Away?
Demon worms, rotting boar carcasses, cursed forearms, a red elk, bobblehead tree spirits, a goofy looking Forest God that turns into a giant, translucent glob of sparkling water, detached limbs and heads, wolves, hangry apes, more boars, even more demon worms and black globs of goo killing everything in sight!
So much adventure, so much imagination...I could have watched this for another 10 hours, I just didn't want it to stop.
The artwork, as always, is beyond gorgeous, meticulous and carefully crafted with a bevy of little nuances - the way the rain slowly moves in, the way the foilage sprouts up at the Forest God's hooves.