Princess Mononoke’s Anime Urban Legend Is True

Princess Mononoke creator Hayao Miyazaki has confirmed the urban legend claiming his film was actually about leprosy is in fact true.

According to All Nippon News Network (via Kotaku), Miyazaki revealed that leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), and the way in which those who have it are treated, served as the inspiration for his film.

The famed filmmaker decided to finally share the news publicly just ahead of World Leprosy Day, which takes place on January 31 and raises awareness for the disease.

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