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Origin: Spirits of the Past

Alt titles: Gin-iro no Kami no Agito

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Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.

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Kouji OGATA Character Design
Keiichi SUGIYAMA Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Shouji MURAHAMA Producer

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Origin: Spirits of the Past VivisQueen 5/10 Jan 18, 2008
Gin-iro no Kami no Agito VivisQueen 5/10 Jan 18, 2008

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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
  • Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
  • 1984

One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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"In a futuristic world where nature has won the battle against technology, mankind lives in perpetual fear. Desperate, fading civilizations try to revive age-old superweapons to turn the tide."

This quote would also apply to both movies. It's hard to see one, and not be reminded of the other.


In both Nausicaa and Origin, you find a similar theme, where man and nature are in some kind of conflict - and going back to the roots of the problem and making peace with nature is the solution in both anime.


In both movies the aspect of enviroment is the most important one. They show how nature will defend itself if mankind will not stop to captivate it.


Environmentalism is a theme in both of these movies. Plants and human activity collide. There is some action and tragedy, showing that we can coexist when we choose, preventing such catastrophic occurrences.


Both are beautifully animated features that have to do with man vs. nature. Both having an ecological theme. I will, however, put that Nausicaa is the better of the two. If you've enjoyed Origin then you'll most likely enjoy Nausicaa.

If you enjoyed Nausicaa I'll still recommend Origin for the only reason of the animation really is quite beautiful I think.


Both of these anime are environmentalist pieces. Both have an post apocolyptic world where nature has taken over much of the world. The main character is from a place that lives in relative harmony with nature, and they have to confront a society that lives at odds with nature. Both are beautifully done pieces that have young characters defending their way of life. 


Both have the same nature and same type of solution featuring complexities between nature and the destructive force/toxins/biotech created by human technology.There are two views in both movies:1. Nature will change itself to purify the toxins that were introduced by humans and humankind have to cope with it without trying to revert it....2. Humankind should have (or just 'should' for current scenario) stop tearing the nature so that no appocalypse happened. >>Like that's gonna happen. So just no. 1 it is.And the features that makes both of them similar is that they want humankind to cope with the change form of nature -_-..The difference is that, Origin is fairly new and the characters are more eye candy than typical ghibli film (Yes! I know some people like ghibli characters more). And the antagonists of the film are actually ripped off from Nausicaa's Tolmekia general. So Nausicaa in general is more unique.


These two animes both have very similar plots, with recurring themes of ecological salvation, and the war between humanity and nature. Both have similar heroes, that come from a regal background - Nausicaa and her king father, and Agito's town raising father - that are keen to join the rift between the two sides. Overall, they are both excellent animes, though Nausicaa being the original is definitely better. If you enjoyed Nausicaa, you'll love O:SotP, but beware that you will sit there comparing it to Nausicaa all the way through!


Origin and Nausicaa share a focus on environment. In both, an unusual forest is systematically taking over, and humans have to figure out how to continue living. If you liked either movie, you'd probably like the other.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
  • Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
  • 1997

With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?

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The great theme of nature and civilisation being in conflict, made visually delightful by inventive and quirky animation, runs through Mononoke in the same way as it does through Origin. More than that, Mononoke presents a two-sided argument with more complex characters and superior action sequences whilst retaining that 'innocent' feel you find in Origin.


While watching Origins I really couldn't help but think that the story had a lot of Mononoke in it. Truthfully, I'm sure it was borrowed, but if you've seen Origins or Mononoke and enjoyed it I would totally recommend watching the other. They are wonderfully done and are absolutely gorgeous anime to watch.


In both Origin and Princess Mononoke, the main character can communicate with the spirits of the forest and is entrusted by them with the task of saving the forest and the creatures living in it. In order to do so, with the help of a foreign human they'll have to fight people who are using technology to exploit the forest and take its territory.


While story of "Origin" takes place in post-apocalyptic future and "Mononoke" in alternative past, both stories incorporate the battle between the nature and human society. In a way Origin could be considered an offspring of Mononoke since it has a very similar feeling to it. Nevertheless I wouldn't recommend missing any one of these great anime movies.


These two are surely nature-concerned movies, that share great plot and well-prepared characters. Moreover, there is some love story plot going behind all of that.


Both of these have amazing visuals with a main character that is a little hard to understand, but you love anyway.


Similar Plot lines, each done with beautiful animation. If you liked either one of these movies, you will more than likely enjoy the other. 

Jyu Oh Sei

Jyu Oh Sei

Thor and Rai are twins who live on an advanced space colony called ‘Juno’. Things take a nasty turn one day when they are kidnapped by the Federal Army’s Special Forces and abandoned on the hostile prison planet Chimera. A cycle on Chimera consists of 181 days of scorching heat and 181 nights of below-freezing temperatures – not to mention it is populated almost entirely by carnivorous plants. The convicts on Chimera have found only one means of survival – reverting back to the law of beasts. For the strong-willed Thor adjustment comes naturally; but for his naive and weaker brother Rai, things do not go as well. Thor must now use all his wits, strength and courage to endure life as a member of Chimeran society, rise above the rest, and take the only ticket off this planet: becoming the Beast King.

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I'm going to say you might like Jyu-Oh-Sei if you enjoyed Gin'iro not because they have the same feel, but rather because the atmosphere is similar without being the same. Taking two young boys with surprisingly different lives and placing them in suddenly difficult circumstances provides some grounds for comparison. Basically each boy experiences what could only be considered a rough awakening to the realities of their existence. They are then forced, despite their different circumstances, to physically fight for what they believe in. Strangely enough even though the worlds are different, both the series and the movie share a focus on the costs of human survival and the harsh environmental consequences of technological advancement.


In both Origin and Jyu Oh Sei, humans have to live in a world controlled by plants. Although the plots and circumstances are very different, the general ambiance of the planets is quite similar in both. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other anime too.


Basically, you should watch Jyu Oh Sei after Origin if you want another anime where nature and plants are in direct conflict with humans. Jyu Oh Sei has the more engaging angle of being about harsh survival and the advantage of not being a Mononoke rip-off, but if you genuinely enjoyed Origin and want more of that sort of idea, then you will definitely enjoy Jyu Oh Sei.


Both are futuristic anime about worlds that aren't necessarely technological.

Nature and plants play a big role in these series as well as the fight against  electronics sort of say. the Headcaracters are also very similar in their way of doing things.


Both anime take place in a future sci-fi disaster world that has been overrun by giant plants.

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Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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I watched Origin the other day, adn the whole time I was thinking "This remind me of Eureka 7". Both show how humans destory the world and the wrold turing on them. The lead females are also similar, both being from another time or place. They also show what love makes people do, whether it be good or bad.


Not only do "Origin: Spirits of the Past" and "Eureka Seven" have similar plots, but both animes take place in worlds that are beyond imagination. Between the character designs, and the storylines, I'm sure you will enjoy both animes.


Both Eureka Seven and Origin have a similar plot, the world is at odds with nature. Both have a young protagonist who has lived in a relatively peaceful place all his life, until a strange girl drops into his world and turns it on its head. Both have themes of growing up and taking responsibilty as well as preserving the bond between man and nature. 

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
  • Movie (1 ep x 118 min)
  • 2004

The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...

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Origin: Spirits Of The Past and Howl's Moving Castle are both adventures where a person gets changed and another person helps them become normal again; in Origin a girl is woken up in the distant future, while in Howl's a girl is transformed into an old woman. They both are great and are a must see.


Both movies have the same general theme. In both Origine and Howl's moving castle there is a tale of romance and there are the same kind of absurd situations to gave the tale an extra dimention as well. In both movies there are spirits involved in some way and they have the same quality in animation as well. So if you want to watch another movie that has the same feel to it, you should give this one a try!


If you watched one you will like the other. Both about two people who meet each other and try to help the other over come their situation. The difference is Origin takes in a future and Howls doesnt. Both are great movies and i would reccommend watching them