Hayao Miyazaki Confirmed This Princess Mononoke Fan Theory Is True


For many American moviegoers, 1997’s Princess Mononoke is the anime epic that introduced them to the groundbreaking work of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. On the surface, the film is about a man’s quest to find a cure for a demonic curse that gives him superhuman abilities, and will also eventually kill him. But there’s a longstanding Japanese urban legend that suggests that Princess Mononoke is really about leprosy (or Hansen’s disease), and Miyazaki has just confirmed the popular fan theory is true.

There’s a point in the movie when its protagonist, Ashitaka, meets some former brothel workers covered with bloody bandages at a factory in Irontown. They use the factory as a refuge because it’s the only place where they’re not discriminated against.

In its original Japanese, the characters are described as “gyobyo,” which in English translates to having an “incurable disease” or “suffering the consequences.” The word leprosy doesn’t appear anywhere in the original Japanese version—unlike the American one—so over time, the theory that the characters are suffering from leprosy has grown with every new generation that has watched the film.

In 2016, Miyazaki talked about his inspirations for Princess Mononoke in relation to World Leprosy Day on January 31. He confirmed that the characters at Tatara factory do, in fact, have leprosy and that he met with patients at a hospital in Tokyo for people with Hansen’s disease during the film’s production. “While making Princess Mononoke, I thought I had to depict people who are ill with what’s clearly called an incurable disease, but who are living as best they can,” Miyazaki said.

There you have it: Another truth behind another movie urban legend revealed.

[h/t Kotaku]

The Office Star Angela Kinsey Would Love to Do a Reunion Special

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Whenever a classic TV show is brought back for a revival, it usually splits the fanbase in half. While some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, others are worried about the series coming back in lackluster fashion. And when it comes to the idea of a potential reboot of The Office, the series' cast is just as split.

Steve Carell has been very public about not wanting NBC to bring the show back, but Angela Kinsey is siding with co-stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Ellie Kemper about welcoming a potential return to Scranton. The 48-year-old actress, who portrayed Angela Martin on the series, recently spoke with PopCulture.com, confirming she’d love to revisit the show.

"I would definitely be up for a reunion," Kinsey said. "I know a few cast members have talked about a special reunion episode to see where everyone is at. I would love that!"

Although many are torn on the idea of bringing The Office back, most fans would certainly be curious enoug to tune in and see what's going on with the Dunder Mifflin crew. Kinsey is no exception, saying, “I would love to know where these people are! I loved the show, I still love the show. I think it really holds up. I'm so thrilled that new audiences are finding it, so I would love that!"

Will it ever happen? It's hard to say. But while we wait to see if any official announcement is made, you can at least still binge The Office on Netflix and try to imagine what creepy thing Cousin Mose is doing these days.

[h/t PopCulture.com]

Harry Potter Fans Don’t Want to See the Movies Rebooted, Surprising No One

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

Although the Harry Potter franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, that doesn’t mean fans are ready to see the series rebooted just yet. Yes, that would mean more movies to feed one’s obsession, but the general consensus is that it would be entirely too soon. Don’t believe us? A new poll might just prove it.

ComingSoon.net asked more than 2000 Potterheads if Warner Bros. should reboot the Harry Potter movie series, and a whopping 72 percent said they’re against it. The website also asked fans if reboots were made, how they should be done. Of those polled, 41 percent voted for it to be a direct sequel about Harry’s son, 35 percent voted for a spinoff TV series, 13 percent wanted another Fantastic Beasts spinoff, and a measly 11 percent showed support for a remake of all eight original films.

While it doesn’t look like a reboot will be in the works anytime soon (J.K. Rowling’s representatives just debunked a report about a TV series), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the future. Even star Daniel Radcliffe has entertained the idea, saying he believes he won’t be the last Potter portrayal he’ll see in his lifetime. But as long as Rowling and fans are against it, we probably won’t have to worry about it for a while.