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Moral and ethical ambiguity pervades the film; its most evil figure is the distant and nameless shogun who instigates the armed conflict that ends the story, and its kindest characters are the tiny, creepy kodama whose rattling skulls guide lost travelers through the woods.
It was like a small statue, only it was alive, it reminded me of a kodama, only it was far more eerie.
This is one of the first scenes where we truly get an extended look at the lush portrayal of the forest, and the appearance of the kodama, small forest spirits which indicate its health, add a sense of enchantment to the scene.
We hear the tapping / clicking, kodama-like sound, and see the jerky movements of a figure coming through the fog.
There's a creepy tapping sound (a very Japanese sound, reminding me of the kodama, the head-knocking little spirit-things in