Dress Up Like Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke

If you are looking for a good Ashitaka costume for Halloween or a big cosplay event, here’s the winning formula for creating the most exciting outfit of the party! Let’s see how to dress up as Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke.


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Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke Costume Guide

Princess Mononoke is one of the best animated films ever made, and Ashitaka, its male protagonist, is a brave and strong hero. This character’s signature look is easily recognizable, making Ashitaka a great choice for a Halloween costume or cosplay!

Who is Ashitaka?

The hero of Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka, is presented as belonging to the Emishi tribe.Studio Ghibli

Ashitaka appears in Princess Mononoke (1997), a Studio Ghibli film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He is the prince of the Emishi tribe, driven to the far east by the emperor seven centuries ago. He receives a curse while fighting Nago, a boar god transformed into a demon by a wound caused by an arquebus shot. Condemned by the curse, Ashitaka is forced to leave his village to search for the origin of this demon. He finds himself involved in a war between the sacred forest, where the God-Horn lives, and the village of the forges led by Lady Eboshi. It is in this forest that he meets San (with whom he falls in love), the princess Mononoke, Moro’s adopted daughter. His objective, he summarizes it himself, in one sentence: “To look at the world without hatred, that’s all.”

Princess Mononoke Ashitaka Cosplay Costume
Princess Mononoke Ashitaka Cosplay Costume

“Ashitaka is not a cheerful, worry-free boy. He is a melancholy boy who has a fate. I feel that I am that way myself, but until now, I have not made a film with such a character. Ashitaka was cursed for a very absurd reason. Sure, Ashitaka did something he should not have done – killing Tatari Gami. But there was enough reason to do so from the humans’ viewpoint. Nevertheless, he received a deadly curse. I think that is similar to the lives of people today. I think this is a very absurd thing that is part of life itself.”

The film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki, described Ashitaka in an interview

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In the following, we will show you how to create a convincing Ashitaka look. Have fun!

Ashitaka costume and accessories 

Princess Mononoke official trailer

In order to embody this beloved character, you’ll first need a pair of tan pants and a blue tunic with matching belt. Slip on some tall blue socks, then a pair of brown shoes. Let’s not forget the essentials: Ashitaka’s red pouch, as well as his bow and arrows. He is an archer, after all. If you’re looking to make this costume more realistic, invest in a wig with short, choppy brown hair. With this complete look, everyone will be impressed by your Ashitaka costume!

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