In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
In many ways, watching Kino's Journey feels like seeing 13 episodes worth of high impact, philosophical short stories like Pale Cocoon. The only major difference is setting – the latter takes place in space, whereas the former showcases a different country and locale in each episode. Just as Pale Cocoon is designed to make the audience uncomfortable and on edge throughout its duration, do not expect any reprieve from your sense of foreboding and of the bizarre as you follow Kino through her travels. On the other hand, do expect a sublime and intelligent examination of a myriad philosophical themes which will leave you distinctly curious and off-balance. Highly recommended!
This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intriguing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
One movie, and one OVA. Two short and thought provoking shows. They go perfectly hand in hand.
Both dabble in the world of science-fiction, exploring possible futures and the human reaction to it. The curiosity of the characters is what endeared Memories and Pale Cocoon to me.
Pale Cocoon is a stunning piece of work, with a seamless blend of CG and animation. Memories looks a little dated by todays standards, but is impressive non-the-less.
If you like something interesting, slow paced and something that will linger in your mind for a long time, I highly recommend both of these shows.
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?
Both imply a lot of questions about our society: what are humans able to do? Are they destroying the Earth? If Mind Game's goal is to say that we must live life to the maximum, Pale Cocoon wants to make us sensitive to problems that pollution causes. Both show the bad side of humanity but also send a message of hope, and both movies are really fantastic!
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
While Mushishi and Pale Cocoon might not share many resemblances, they are both really different from the norm. For some reason the characters reminded me a lot of each other. Both anime also have a slower pace and a refreshing story. Well... refreshing as in different, since both have a gloomy atmosphere at times.
The setting of Sakasama no Patema really reminded me of the world in Pale Cocoon. Both settings involve a dystopic future where certain parts of the world are simply off-limits and considered too dangerous to enter. And in both, the protagonists are tempted into exploring the unfamiliar by mysterious pictures of blue sky and green land, drawing new conclusions about their worlds of origin.