This Princess Mononoke fan’s cross stitch captures the wild spirit of San


A talented fan harnesses pixel art aesthetics to create a cross-stitch portrait of San from Studio Ghibli’s classic anime Princess Mononoke.

A talented Studio Ghibli fan has created an epic cross-stitch portrait of one of Princess Mononokedeadliest characters.

San’s portrait was uploaded to Reddit by the Artonauts account and features the character’s signature facial markings and mask. According to the creator, they drew the pattern themselves and their illustrations are heavily inspired by “pixel art from 90s games”. Cross-stitch portraits of other popular anime characters like Sailor Moon and Ryuko from kill kill all can also be found on the account.

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A form of counted thread embroidery, cross stitch is increasingly becoming a popular way for fans to express their love and passion for pop culture properties. It involves using X-shaped dots in a tiled pattern to form an image. the quilter counts the individual threads on his or her piece of evenly-weaved fabric (i.e., aida, linen, or needlepoint) to ensure that their stitches remain consistent in appearance and size.

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke debuted in Japan in 1997; it was released in the United States in 1999 with an English screenplay by Neil Gaiman. Set in the Muromachi period in Japan, the story follows Ashitaka, a young prince of the Emishi people, who becomes involved in a struggle between gods and humans. The film grossed over $160 million at the global box office and won several prestigious awards, including Picture of the Year at the 21st Japan Academy Awards and Best Picture at the 52nd Mainichi Film Awards.

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Many narrative elements of Princess Mononoke are similar to those in one of Miyazaki’s earlier works – a graphic novel titled Shuna’s Journey, which was first published in Japan in 1983. The novel is set in a small mountain valley and follows the titular prince who goes on a journey to find a magic grain that could save his people from a deadly famine. The very first English version of Shuna’s Journey is slated to hit stores on November 1.

Princess Mononoke is one of the films featured at this year’s Studio Ghibli Fest. It kicked off the annual event earlier this month, hitting theaters April 3, 4, and 6. The other films included in the program are Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Return of the Cat and Only yesterday.

Many iconic and beloved Studio Ghibli films, including Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo and Taken away as if by magic, are available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: Reddit

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