Origin: Spirits of the Past – The Review


First of all, what a film. It’s stupendously pretty with a fantastic storyline and an underlying message about deforestation. The film follows Agito as, after running into a forbidden part of the forest, he awakens a young girl, Toola, from her cryostasis tube. She is one of two survivors from the past; the other, Shunack, strives to destroy the forests and rebuild the old world. There are some people they call silver-haired (guess what, they have silver hair) who have become enhanced by the forest in order to help build a town in which man and forest can live in harmony. So it’s all fine and dandy until Agito awakens the girl and the forest decides it’s not so crazy with the idea of her…well existing. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that she holds the key to its destruction (or survival).

The story is set 300 years in the future in dystopian Japan following experiments on a moon base to create genetically altered plants that could survive in harsh climates. The point of the experiments was to be able to bring life to the harsh deserts of Earth so that those who lived in those conditions would have food and water aplenty. But something went wrong (we find out what at the end) and the plants developed consciousness and attacked Earth, destroying most of civilisation and fracturing the moon. Those that survived the initial attack had to survive the mutant forests and ended up building two cities (at least). Neutral City (town of Agito, built by his father and two other silver-haired) and Ragna (a militaristic city bent on destroying the forest and returning to the old ways).

Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away. It really is a beautiful film and well worth the watch for its gripping story as Agito fights to save the forest and the girl. There’s some fantastic voice acting on the English dubs too, something which can be a let down on some Japanese films (And games. If you’ve played Dissidia or Kingdom Hearts you’ll know what I mean – Squall should not sound like that and neither should Wakka, I guess John Dimaggio was busy when they made KH). I can’t give this film the praise it deserves even with 10/10, but then I’m a sucker for a pretty film with a good story (It’s what I base games on when I buy them, prettiness and story). Still, it’s fantastic to watch so what more can I say than watch it?

~ by Jess Wiles on February 21, 2011.

2 Responses to “Origin: Spirits of the Past – The Review”

  1. i must say i enjoyed the film as well, but maybe you could clear something up for me…Who exactly are the two forest nymph girls, the ones that always finish each others sentences and look like twins. They didnt look like the druids, and seemed to resemble humans more than trees. Couldn’t quite figure if they were meant to represent the “heart” or “mind” of the forest. Since they talked to the leader of neutral city and were the ones who enhanced Agito.

    • I think you’re right about the twins being the heart and soul of the forest. They were definitely some part of the forest since when Agito gets enhanced they’re a part of the tree.

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