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Origin - Spirits of the Past [DVD]

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  • Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00198QRJK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

The rebirth of the future from the ashes of the past... It has been 300 years since mankind s interference with the environment left Earth in ruins. Now, the remnants of humanity are divided as never before. The crumbling remains of vast cities stand in tenuous coexistence with the encroaching forest, and humans live on both sides of this brewing conflict. Young Agito, the son of an aging hero, inadvertently sets in motion a series of catastrophic events when he wanders into a forbidden zone of the forest. He stumbles across a cryogenic stasis tube containing Toola, a girl who has a vital mission entrusted to her from the past... It is an unsteady peace in an unnatural time. Only by searching their souls and examining the past will Agito and Toola understand the origin of all things and unite mankind with the forest.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2008
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I was so looking forward to this film that I had to put it in the DVD player as soon as it dropped through my letterbox; and from the powerful and beautifully animated opening credits, with evocative music and stirring imagery, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. This film has excellent post apocalyptic and environmental themes that infuse it with a sense of drama and excitement, as soon as you've watched fifteen minutes you'll be hooked to the very end. The tag line on the cover says 'the most impressive looking anime movie to come out since Steamboy' and I'm inclined to agree. The film is beautifully rendered and the animation is lush and detailed. If you like ghibli and more modern manga and anime then this film will be right up your street. This film is superbly dubbed into English and you get none of that cheesy dubbing from past anime films i've seen. The story was reminiscent of 'Nausicaa' in places, what with the forest fighting back, but it comes from a genetic modification angle, that ties the film into advances in science since that film and the perceived dangers associated with them. At just under 90 minutes this film is a perfect length and will easily keep your attention for the duration. A top anime film that comes highly recommended.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catkin on 9 Jun 2009
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What's that? A girl wakes up in a changed world of the future? And needs to be rescued by some happy go lucky teenage boy? Huh, Nature has risen against man at last?! An evil man wants to harness her unique gift for his own means?!? ....But will our heroes prevail?! :O

Ok, so it's not that original (a bit of a cliché) but i don't mind that. What hasn't been done before in film?

This film is well drawn; the character design simple but the beautifully detailed backgrounds make up the visuals. The story might have you yawning but the characters are over all engaging and there relationships are convincing. I did want to watch this film till the end, it had some nice ideas and the animation doesn't let it down. Worth a watch i say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2008
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This is the first Japanese anime that I have watched and I must say I was impressed. Usually the style of animation does not appeal to me but this is beautifully executed and often looks almost real.

Whilst this is a story that has been tackled many times before in a variety of permutations (i.e. man against the natural world) it is an interesting take on the familiar theme. I for one was pretty much hooked from the first few opening sequences. I was engaged and I didn't expect to be.

While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. I would recommend you give it a go as it is definitely worth watching and is certainly a positive introduction to the anime genre for those (like me) who have never given it a second thought before!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2008
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Post-apocalyptic animes are a dime a dozen, and Origin: Spirits of the Past certainly doesn't stand out from the crowd for its originality. Although many have pointed out the similarities to Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind, Japan has been dealing in apocalyptic eco-fables since the days of Godzilla vs. Ghidorah.

Once again, we're in a ruined future where people have forgotten much of the civilisation that fell due to a past disaster - in this case a vividly realised man-made ecological disaster that has split the moon in two, changed Earth's entire eco-system and brought about the end of civilisation as we know it. Mankind is split into two groups: a militaristic state determined to conquer the forest that has become the dominant power on Earth after attaining sentient life and a more Utopian neutral city trying to live in balance with the forest and making the best of what little of civilisation they can salvage. Matters come to a head when a girl is accidentally awoken from suspended animation - a girl who unknowingly has the power to destroy the forest and everything around it...

So far, so familiar, and it's true there are few surprises in terms of storytelling or character. It spends more of its imagination crating the world the story takes place in than on the story itself, but if it's a simplistic tale it's elevated by some genuinely stunning animation, with vivid, often CGi rendered background environments with a wealth of detail that frequently impresses more than what's in the foreground. While there are a few niggle - the opening scene suffers from some surprisingly unconvincingly animated running - much of it is so impressive it's easy to be swallowed up by the visuals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 July 2008
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Origin is visually gorgeous, and offers an ideal introduction to feature-film style anime if you've not watched much before. Like much of the best anime it combines simplicity with creativity; stunning artwork and subtlety with occasionally crass naivety, one-dimensional characters and blunt (or pointless) plotting. Origin is littered with clever little ideas and wistful, witty sub-plots, but it romps along in the main with a plain old fashioned 'boy meets girl and saves the world' theme.
There's also a walking mountain which spits fire and has huge guns, just in case you thought this was all too poetical!
Despite the fact that it's set in a post-apocolyptic future, when mankind has been knocked off the top spot on the planet, Origin is at heart an optimistic film. It suggests that through the actions of a few people who remain true and pure, and who are prepared to sacrifice themselves, the whole of humanity can be reconciled to the wild, savage Forest which has risen against us.
The path to redemption isn't straightforward, however, so mortal peril, bad guys with tanks, earth druids, bad guys with drugs, walking trees, bad guys with walking gun platforms, fire-breathing tree-dragons which scream from the sky all conspire to keep the action moving. It's in the detail and the realisation of the future world that Origin is strongest: this is a belivable, fleshed-out vision of a world where some humans go to the forest to become augmented... and where other humans build massive weapons to destroy the forest once and for all.
There are few surprises in the way the story unfolds, however, and I wasn't particularly won over by most the the characters (but watch out for the hero's father. He's interesting, although he doesn't get much time on screen).
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