Tears of the Kingdom Might Go Full Princess Mononoke With Zelda

In case you’re residing underneath a rock, Nintendo launched its remaining Tears of the Kingdom trailer on Thursday and didn’t disappoint in delivering the hype forward of its Might 12 launch. However of us, I’ve gotta let you know, this TotK trailer is just not beating the Princess Mononoke parallel allegations. Actually, in opposition to my higher judgment, it has me begging Nintendo to do the suitable factor and make Zelda a playable badass like Princess Mononoke’s San.

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Admittedly, I’ve received zero expertise with the Legend of Zelda franchise so in the event you had been to ask me if there have been any lore implications for the brand new beasts twink Hyperlink is battling within the remaining trailer, I’d let you know to double that query and cross it on to a unique video games journalist. Nevertheless, I’m fairly educated about anime, particularly Studio Ghibli’s 1997 animated movie, Princess Mononoke (my favourite Ghibli flick).

Princess Mononoke is a multi-time award-winning anime movie a couple of prince named Ashitaka who, after defeating a menacing forest spirit, should discover a remedy to a deadly curse the demon positioned upon him. Whereas on his journey, Ashitaka stumbles right into a village’s battle with a warrior lady named San who needs to cease the village from destroying her forest’s pure sources for the sake of industrialization. Other than having an impactful environmental message, Princess Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki famously prevented the previous Hollywood tycoon and convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein, from having Miramax tamper with the movie by sending him a katana with “No cuts” inscribed on it. This has nothing to do with the article, nevertheless it’s metallic AF.


Now I do know we’ve already received playable Zelda at dwelling in 2020’s Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity, however every TotK trailer rang my weeb alarm, in its suggestion that the Nintendo Change’s upcoming online game may not simply be lifting iconic moments from Ghibli’s well-known movie. Perhaps Nintendo’s cool sufficient to completely decide to the bit by making Zelda playable this time round. Seeing as how I used to be fairly on the cash in suggesting how isekai anime may assist predict The Tremendous Mario Bros. Film’s plotline, enable me to theorize how anime may predict what occurs with Zelda and Hyperlink in TotK.

Hyperlink is principally Ashitaka in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Gif: Studio Ghibli / Nintendo / Kotaku

First off, apart from Hyperlink wanting actually sizzling along with his hair down and his little peacock chest uncovered to the world, Hyperlink’s arm may be very fucky wucky in all the TotK trailers. As we noticed within the remaining trailer, Ganon’s “rehydration” results in some highly effective pressure corrupting Hyrule’s wildlife and creeping up Hyperlink’s arm like a bunch of snakes. An analogous occasion happens firstly of Princess Mononoke with its protag, Ashitaka.

In Ashitaka’s case, his village was additionally attacked by a demon that, earlier than being slain, cursed Ashitka’s proper arm. Mentioned curse grants Ashitaka newfound energy, nevertheless it comes at the price of serving as a countdown timer to his premature demise. Mayhaps the curious case of Hyperlink’s glowy purple arm is the explanation why he can fuse meat arrows collectively, amongst different issues.


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Very similar to how Ashitaka is tasked with discovering a remedy to his curse whereas enjoying peacemaker to the forest spirits and people, Hyperlink will possible must discover a answer to his Ganon-related glowy arm corruption state of affairs and the unrest between the Hyrulians and the mysterious Zonai tribe. Whereas this parallel isn’t uninteresting on paper, I’m personally extra intrigued by how TotK’s auspicious parallel with Princess Mononoke coincides with what Zelda is as much as within the recreation. Very similar to how Hyperlink is a story parallel to Ashitaka, I theorize that Zelda is a direct parallel to Princess Mononoke’s fierce heroine, San.

Please make Zelda identical to San, Nintendo

Gif: Studio Ghibli / Nintendo / Kotaku

The obvious change to Zelda in Totk is that she’s gotten a haircut. It’s cute and I clapped once I noticed it. Nevertheless, the ultimate shot of her from the trailer has the princess wanting just like the spitting picture of San. She wears a bone necklace, face paint, and a shirt that exposes her shoulders, identical to San does. Whereas the matching character designs don’t definitively level in direction of us getting a playable warrior princess Zelda in TotK, her voice strains trace at her being pivotal to defeating Ganon.

On the finish of the trailer, Zelda says she is aware of why she’s right here and that she should do one thing solely she will be able to do. On the one hand, this line can simply be interpreted as her restoring the grasp sword and, probably, utilizing it herself within the recreation. Alternatively, this line, and the shot of her holding the grasp sword, may have been thrown in as a whole purple herring to swerve followers.

Personally, I’m hoping that each myself and masochistic Zelda followers which might be bored with being let down within the “playable Zelda” division might be thrown a bone by having the anime-centric parallels between TotK and Princess Mononoke manifest in a badass playable Zelda when the sport comes out on Nintendo Change. If we’re paying $70 for the rattling factor, the least they will do is give us a badass Zelda we will glide with round Hyrule. Whether or not that really occurs or not, I believe we will all agree that there’s a 99% likelihood of Ganon completely bodying Hyperlink firstly of the sport. The dude’s completely yoked.

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