Initial Review: Tenshi no Tamago

tenshi-no-tamagoTenshi no Tamago is probably the most out-there anime I have ever watched. The entire film is basically just 71 minutes of poetry, and honestly one of the best anime I have watched. The film doesn’t seem very complex from the surface, but there is a lot of symbolism lying underneath it, not only that, but the film is also incredibly dense, making it very difficult to understand, and would take several watchings in order to understand it fully; since this is an Initial Review, I have only seen the film once, and so I certainly don’t know everything that the film is trying to say. That said, it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate this marvelous piece of film making. The film is almost completely dialogue free, and instead uses its art to tell the story, and the story is a lot more than what it seems, and I only managed to grasp some of it. The 2 characters in the story are both nameless for the entire movie, they are simply known as boy and girl. The film starts off on a weird note, with a lot of steampunk and fantasy elements implied from the very beginning, and the question, “Who are you?”. The story then proceeds to show the travels of girl, and what she does, which happens to be searching for food and water in a desolate city, as she carries around a rather large egg. She carries this egg around under her shirt, making her look as if she is pregnant, which is relevant near the end of the film. It is very hard to discuss much about this film without spoiling too much, or ruining the whole message, but there is 1 scene I will touch on, and that would be the scene where several automatons swarm around the city with harpoons, trying to slay “the fish”, which are large shadows in the shape of fish that move about the town; all the efforts of the automatons end in failure, as the fish aren’t actually real, and they end up destroying more of the town that is beyond repair as is. What I think the scene is trying to show, is that man (the automatons look like soldiers) is always chasing after an enemy that doesn’t exist, or using something as a straw man to vent their anger and frustration, and in the process of this, man ends up destroying the things around him, and never succeeds at his goal of fighting a non existent foe. The music during this scene also seems to show this, as it constantly builds as the automatons throw their spears into the cobblestones streets impaling, but never harming “the fish”, until at last, a spear is thrown through a glass window, stopping the music abruptly as the sound of broken glass plays, followed by the toll of a bell. Another way this scene could be interpreted, is that man is never looking at the right enemy, but merely just its shadow, just like how the fish are presented in the film, as a shadow and nothing more, something that can’t be touched nor harmed, an illusion so to speak. There is so much more to this film that I can’t seem to understand as of now, but I hope that after watching it several times, I will be able to grasp it better. This is a film I will most certainly come back to, and is in my opinion a fantastic work of art, especially the amazing and dense symbolism, I give this film a:

10 out of 10.              Update

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