Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no tamago) [1985]

” I’ve seen a tree like this somewere… When was it? So long ago that I’ve forgotten… Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground… And it’s pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something… “

Director : Mamoru Oshii

Writer : Yoshitaka Amano (story), Mamori Oshii (screenplay)

Cast (voice) : Mako Hyodo, Jinpachi Nazu

Story : A young, blond girl is carrying around a large egg under her clothing like she was pregnant. She wonders around an abandoned, macabre looking town searching for food and shelter, then one day she meets with a mysterious man, who seeks to know more about the egg. (can’t resist : some men just want to watch the world burn)

What I Liked :

it’s haunting, I’ve seen it like a year ago I think but I still think about it now and then

– I like stories that make you think about them, the ones that are hard to understand, and this is one of them

– the symbolism, you are rather shown things then told

– I love how the girl’s hair was drawn

What I Didn’t Like :

– if you don’t like philosophy this anime won’t be your cup of tea, you will either love it or hate it, because other than the story there isn’t anything else that would suck you in, you won’t be attached to the characters and they aren’t even drawn out to you

– few dialogs, either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preferences

Final Note :

3 out of 4

Interesting Facts :

– and here is a nice analysis of the symbolism in the anime

Trailer :

 

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