However, Hisaishi has worked with one of the masters of Japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki since the film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind back in 1984. Each time these two get together, magic happens on the screen and in the music. Hisaishi nails the charming worlds of Miyazaki and each score from their collaborations is filled with highlights.
But for those looking for something less cute and more epic, then you can't go wrong with the amazing score to Princess Mononoke. It is an impressive melding of Japanese style themes with Western style orchestration. The result is a score that sounds like something James Horner or John Williams would write for a big budget fantasy adventure film. But it has a distinctive Japanese heart, one that fits the film perfectly. The score is filled with drama, a huge scope and some disturbing moments, Hisaishi manages to support all of them very well.
Here is the end credit track, an extension of the theme heard in the opening of the film. Here Hisaishi fleshes the theme out to it's most majestic and triumphant. Enjoy The Legend of Ashitaka from the film Princess Mononoke.