Princess Mononoke: The First Story is an illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by Hayao Miyazaki, published by VIZ Media on October 21, 2014. The original Japanese edition of this book, titled もののけ姫 (Mononoke Hime) was published in 1993.
The First Story is an early iteration of Princess Mononoke, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat--a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter's hand in marriage.