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Angel's Egg
天使のたまご
(Tenshi no Tamago)
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Surrealism
Movie
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Studio Tokuma Shoten
Released 22 December 1985
Runtime 71 min.

Angel's Egg (天使のたまご Tenshi no Tamago?) is a Japanese anime feature film produced by Tokuma Shoten in 1985. A collaboration between popular artist Yoshitaka Amano and director Mamoru Oshii, it incorporates surrealistic and existentialist qualities but very little dialogue, making it a commonly cited example of progressive anime.[1] Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Image File history File links Angels_Egg. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Yves Tanguy Indefinite Divisibility 1942 Surrealism[1] is a cultural movement that began in the mid-1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members. ... Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Mamoru Oshii (押井守 Oshii Mamoru; born August 8, 1951 in Tokyo) is a Japanese animation and live-action film writer and director famous for his philosophy-orietned storytelling. ... Tokuma Shoten (徳間書店) is one of the largest entertainment publishers in Japan. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Tokuma Shoten (徳間書店) is one of the largest entertainment publishers in Japan. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 Amano Yoshitaka, originally 天野 嘉孝 (pronounced the same), born July 28, 1952) is a Japanese artist, best known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs for the video game series Final Fantasy. ... Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Mamoru Oshii (押井守 Oshii Mamoru; born August 8, 1951 in Tokyo) is a Japanese animation and live-action film writer and director famous for his philosophy-orietned storytelling. ... Yves Tanguy Indefinite Divisibility 1942 Surrealism[1] is a cultural movement that began in the mid-1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members. ... Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings have full responsibility for creating the meanings of their own lives. ...

Contents

Plot

Angel's Egg follows the daily life of a young girl in a surreal world of darkness and shadows.


The girl, whose name we do not learn, is the keeper of a mysterious egg. She spends her time collecting bottles and artifacts in a gothic, dead city. A man, whose name also remains a mystery, arrives in the dark town one day riding a machine and wearing a cross on his back. The two meet and talk, though their dialogue consists mostly of the single, repeated question "Who are you?".


Meanwhile, shadow fish appear within the town, and then the many statues which line it come alive and begin hunting the fish with spears.


Inside the girl's vast cavernous 'refuge,' which contains many strange fossils and her collection, the man tells the girl a tale similar to Noah's Ark. He waits for the girl to fall asleep and breaks the egg. A painting by the American Edward Hicks (1780–1849), showing the animals boarding Noahs Ark two by two. ...


The girl reacts in anguish and follows the departing man, only to fall into a ravine of water and die. Her dying exhalation under the water blossoms into bubbles of 'eggs' on the surface. A symbolic ending of apocalypse and rebirth is mixed with a gradual reveal of the story's world which is highly abstract and ambiguous.


Cast & Characters

Girl


The young girl portrays innocence in a world of darkness. She lives in an abandoned planetarium and guards the mysterious egg, a focal point of the movie. The girl, who lives alone, collects water in bottles, watching it as bubbles rise to the top. Voiced by: Mako Hyoudou // A planetarium is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation. ... Mako Hyōdō ), also credited as Mako Hyoudou, is a Japanese seiyū born on 1962-09-07 in Tokyo, Japan. ...


Man


The man is portrayed as a Christ-like figure, carrying a cross on his back and wearing bandages on his hands. He tries to protect the young girl once he meets her but ultimately steals the egg that she keeps. Voiced by: Jinpachi Nezu Christ is the English of the Greek word (Christós), which literally means The Anointed One. ...


Narrator


Voiced by: Keiichi Noda Keiichi Noda Keiichi Noda ), born September 16, 1943 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a veteran seiyuu. ...


Symbolism

Because of the minimal dialog in Angel's Egg, much of the film's intended meaning is portrayed through visuals and symbols. Because of the surreal nature of the film (and no official explanation by its creators), it is open to multiple or even conflicting interpretations, as one can see below. Many or all of the symbols in Angel's Egg can be related to religion, specifically Christianity. Mamoru Oshii also directed Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, and myriads of other works that contain Christian themes and references. He claimed to be a Christian himself and trained in seminary for priesthood in his youth, but is rumored to have renounced the religion before working on Angel's Egg.[2] Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... Patlabor 2 The Movie, Japanese regular edition 04 Patlabor (a portmanteau of patrol and labor) refers to Mobile Police Patlabor ) a manga franchise created by Masami Yūki. ...


Angel Egg


In Japan, Angel Egg (tenshi no tamago) refers to a typical tachigui dinner, a stand-and-eat practice Oshii is fond of and he has explored in his 1987 debut live-action feature Akai Megane, before developing it as the central theme of his 2006 animation movie Tachiguishi-Retsuden. Tachiguishi-Retsuden (立喰師列伝), aka Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, is a 2006 animation movie directed by Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii, who also wrote the eponymous novel this film is based on. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Tachiguishi-Retsuden (立喰師列伝, tachiguishi retsuden), aka Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, is a 2006 animation movie directed by Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii, who also wrote the eponymous novel this film is based on. ...


However, for this film Oshii apparently adapted the idea of an egg to fit the parable of the sower and the seed, and other teachings of Yeshua-Jesus. This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


The egg


The Small Egg:


(1)1st interpretation: The egg can be seen as symbolizing the young girl's innocence. It is something which she protects and holds on to, but is ultimately stolen.


(2) Another interpretation states that the egg is the "spiritual seed" planted in a human soul via the Gospel of Jesus Christ - a special kind of meme which tries to take root in a soul. It is something she protects amidst a dark world, but it is eventually "reaped" by the Christ-like character- but only after she had journeyed with him and entrusted him alone with it. Eventually, she reaches "spiritual maturity" while passionately pursuing the path of the Christ, and thus bears fruit "many times what was sown", as the parable goes. This was indicated by the production of many eggs from her mouth.(Her spiritual fecundity or "witness") Thus, the small egg represents a "quanta", if you will, of the Gospel that was planted in her soul when she heard or saw something revelatory concerning God's Salvation. The egg was brought to life as a result of being "wooed" by the man, and then once it was released, she charged directly after the Christ on the "narrow path" (Matthew 7:13,14)to spiritual maturity. The metaphor is equivalent to a mature plant producing heads of grain, but Oshii adapted Yeshua's parable to the production of eggs instead of seeds, possibly in order to tie in the metaphor of the dove and the ark as expounded below. The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the self-aware essence unique to a particular living being. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The term meme (IPA: , rhyming with theme; commonly pronounced in the US as , rhyming with gem), coined/popularized in 1976[1] by the biologist Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information which can propagate from one mind to another in a manner analogous to genes (i. ... Christ is the English of the Greek word (Christós), which literally means The Anointed One. ... In theology, salvation can mean three related things: being saved from something, such as suffering or the punishment of sin - also called deliverance; being saved for something, such as an afterlife or participating in the Reign of God - also called redemption; being saved through a process of healing or transformation... Christ is the English of the Greek word (Christós), which literally means The Anointed One. ...


The Big Eggs on Tree Stalks


Near the end of the film, we see organic tree-like structures holding giant eggs with unborn birds inside. These likely represent the spiritual being awaiting the realization of its true form in the afterlife- where each of these saints are "glorified", attaining angelic forms(flying birds being symbolic of Angels), as supported in the very end by: (1)the appearance of the giant eggs after her own had been cultivated by the Christ-figure. (2)the girl's angelic appearance as part of the Godhead (the giant eye-like thing). General definition of saint In general, the term Saint refers to someone who is exceptionally virtuous and holy. ... The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is an ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God. ... In Christianity, the Godhead is a unit consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ (the Son), and the Holy Spirit. ...


The root-like growths holding the eggs were foreshadowed earlier by the Yeshua character as something like "a great tree, sapping the ground to grow and reach up, as if to grasp something...". The tree/egg combination, along with the Christ character's explanation of the tree of life, portrays it to be a symbol of Christianity. He gives the us the sense that it is the final stage of an evolving line of energy, matter, and eventually living things: initially emanating out from pure Spirit(Giant Eye descending), yet over the eons striving to return... to finally "grasp the hand that feeds it". The eggs, we see, were located at the tops of the tree trunks, grasping the unborn chicks. Thus, each of the giant eggs probably represented a human soul which would be preserved through the Last Judgment(on the ark of Christ), and so become glorified as part of the Godhead, as we see in the end. In other words, the giant eggs represent the second to last step of the ultimate aim of life, the universe, and everything. The very last step being the glorification or realization of the saints and assumption to the Godhead, as we saw in the end where the Godhead was populated by the stagnant(eternal) presence of the saints, with our little girl among them. Last Judgment. ... In Christianity, the Godhead is a unit consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ (the Son), and the Holy Spirit. ... General definition of saint In general, the term Saint refers to someone who is exceptionally virtuous and holy. ...


The man


The man in Angel's Egg physically portrays a Christ-like figure. In the beginning he is seen standing on a chess board, facing the giant Eye (presumably representing the Godhead, especially God the Father capacity, since it was sending him out). He arrives in the girls life on a bizarre procession of organic machines, which most probably represent Judaism among others, in reference to Matthew 11:12. Christ is the English of the Greek word (Christós), which literally means The Anointed One. ... In many religions, the supreme God is given the title and attributions of Father. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


He carries a cross on his back and wears bandages on his hands, both of which are strongly reminiscent of Christian mythos. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


(1)1st interpretation: In this particular movie this figure is shown in a clearly negative light, first telling the girl that he would protect her and eventually stealing away from her the egg which she cherishes so lovingly. Following this line of interpretation, some have taken The Angel's Egg to represent Oshi's own fallout with Christianity.


(2)A different interpretation sees the figure in a very positive light: as being her companion and protector in a violent, illusory world, and bringing to fruition what she couldn't have done on her own. He uses the crucifix to do this, in reference to Matthew 16:24 He actually explains his motives for breaking the egg: Without opening it, one may never realize the potential of whats inside. He overcame her selfish tendency to keep the egg(gospel seed) hidden, by wooing her companionship and trust.


The Fishermen and Fish


(1)1st interpretation: Fishermen and fish are popular, reoccurring symbols in Christian mythology. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from μυολογείν mythologein to relate myths, from μύος mythos, meaning a narrative, and λόγος logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and...


(2)Another interpretation notes that in this particular case, the shifty fish shadows are those of the lobe-finned or Sarcopterygii genera, which are almost entirely extinct as a group. Thus, the shadows can be interpreted as shades of once-living things, but now dissipating from nature- becoming extinct. To apply the spiritual metaphor, the shadows most likely represent ephemeral and even demonic forms. It fits well with the concept of demonic illusions, because just as demons are "fallen" angels (fallen, as in cut off and thus dissipating from God's creation, yet finding some sustenance in the propagation of idolatry of humanity. see Mathew 12:43-45) Supporting this idea, these mirages are zealously pursued by the spearmen, yet never tangibly grasped or attained, and thus no ultimate fulfillment is found. The spears are sharp projections attached to ropes. This most assuredly symbolizes the human spirit projecting itself onto its environment, trying to form soul-attachments and identities in ephemeral things- passions, pleasures, fears, vices, etc. In contrast, the fish enshrined in the Gothic church was colorful and vibrant, and the girl radiated white in its presence. Where the lobed-finned shadows represent shifty goals; ephemeral pursuits; all passing towards extinction... the colorful fish probably represents the Body of Christ- living; thriving; growing; adapting; and steadily surviving... Subclasses Coelacanthimorpha - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Tetrapoda Sarcopterygii is traditionally the class of lobe-finned fishes, consisting of lungfish and coelacanths. ... An ephemeral river is one in which lasts only a few days. ... The demon Satan In folklore, mythology, and religion, a demon is a supernatural being that is generally described as an evil spirit, but is also depicted to be good in some instances. ... The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is an ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God. ... Idolatry is a major sin in the Abrahamic religions regarding image. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as... The Body of Christ is a term used by Christians to describe believers in Christ. ...


The Water


The water is a subtle yet strong underlying Typology (theology) present throughout the film. In the beginning, God descends into an "ocean" and the waters emanate out from the impact in waves, signifying the beginning of creation, where Jesus Christ the Logos is sent out to perfect the creation, "glorifying God" by gathering in human souls(in reference to Isaiah 55:11), as we see in the film. The water most likely symbolizes Spirit, specifically the Holy Spirit. Initially the girl collects small amounts of it and stores it away(the best she can do on her own), but in a foreshadowing moment early in the film, she imagines herself to be fully immersed(after which the man shows up). In the end, the water floods everything, and she herself is drowned in it while pursuing the man- symbolizing Baptism with the Holy Spirit while chasing the path of Yeshua. Typology is a theological doctrine or theory of types and their antitypes found in scripture. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... In Christology, the conception that Jesus Christ is the Logos (a Greek word meaning word, wisdom, or reason) has been important in establishing the doctrine of Jesus divinity, as well as that of the Trinity, as set forth in the Chalcedonian Creed. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      In Christian religions that trace their roots... According to the New Testament, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience sent by Jesus Christ. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


The Ark and the Dove


~Ark:


Near the beginning of the film we see the shadow of an ark, which presumably the girl frequented. As the very last twist, we see the ark again at the end- this time slowly panning out. This is yet another example of Typology (theology), in which the story of the Ark, regardless of its historical details, is taken as a narrative allegory. Oshi no doubt borrowed the idea from the epistle of 1 Peter 3:20-22 regarding the moment of salvation, where the ark represents the preservation of the human spirit(will and conscience) amidst a spiritual "flood" or baptism of the rest of the mind, while demonic influences are purged. Typology is a theological doctrine or theory of types and their antitypes found in scripture. ... An epistle (Greek επιστολη, epistolē, letter) is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. ...


As the angle pans out in the last scene, we see a meta-ark, which also probably represents the salvation work of Christ on a larger scale. The entirety of the "remnant" of human souls is preserved through the Last Judgment by devoting itself to God through Christ, but not just a remnant of humanity, but also, a reconciliation of the entire universe is implied here. An idea likely inspired by the epistle to the Romans, Chapter 8:18-27. Last Judgment. ...


~The Dove:


Drawing from the theme of all the 2nd interpretations above- While the ark represents Christ preserving the remnant of human souls (and the universe reconciled through them in a mysterious fashion- Romans 8:18-27)), the dove must represent the souls of humanity in general, sent out by God into human bodies, but in the process using free will to alienate themselves from "Him" by chasing after idols. According to what is implied in this film, this severs a person's connection from Eternal Life in God. (the birds forgetting the ark and Noah, becoming fossilized). In the largest dialog section, the Yeshua character presents a variation of Genesis 8, in which the bird forgot where it came from, and probably died in the waters somewhere. He then makes an equivalence between the forgetful bird and humanity(including himself, as "the son of man"). Shortly afterwards, they find the bird dead amongst the fossils, which symbolizes concepts found in Ephesians 2:1-3 i.e. "spiritual death" because of relational estrangement from God. This idea is supported further when the girl declares to have the bird alive and growing in the egg, which the Yeshua character treats with some skepticism because, as we see later, it was only a half-truth that she had the bird. Since the egg was the seed of the knowledge of salvation planted in her, it only became the bird after it was brought to fruition by Christ. Thus, the bird represents the human spirit initially created by God(dove sent out from ark), fallen in sin(bird forgets God and fossilizes),but then reconciled again to God through the Son(he uses the crucifix to reap what is sown, and the giant tree/eggs emerge) The term idol (from Latin idolum: image, form) is used in various contexts: In religion, man-made worshipped articles are idols; their worship is called idolatry. ... Immortality is the concept of existing for a potentially infinite or indeterminate length of time. ... Sin is a term used mainly in a religious context to describe an act that violates a moral rule, or the state of having committed such a violation. ...


Misc. The girl, of course, represents a spiritually immature person- possibly also an actual child, since in the end she appears as part of the Godhead in a child-like form rather than in an adult form. She holds the egg in a way which looks like she's pregnant, which follows with the analogies above in which the gospel seed grows inside of a person, taking root in their soul, eventually "birthing" fruit, several times what was sown.(Mathew 13:23)


While there may be a few more allegories to draw from the film, we have provided tentative interpretations of the main themes above. It is interesting to note that the deeper nature of the film has eluded the usual anime fan-base since its release. Due to the exceedingly esoteric nature of the spiritual allegories presented, having them explained by someone familiar with Christian theology still puts the viewer in a difficult position.


In the Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep

This was a 1987 Australian science fiction movie which alternates between live action footage directed by Carl Colpaert, describing a small group of people travelling through a post-apocalyptic world, and sequences from Angel's Egg dubbed into English. The dialogue during the dubbed scenes is much expanded, and deviates strongly from the original Japanese script - for example the man and girl are clearly stated as being siblings, while originally they appeared to be strangers. It was released by New World Video as a VHS in the PAL colour format (with an approximate runtime of 70 minutes) and some years later in NTSC by Anchor Bay Entertainment in the USA.[3] Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Carl Colpaert is an American film director and the founder of Cineville, a production and distribution company based in Los Angeles. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... Television encoding systems by nation PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, is a colour encoding system used in broadcast television systems in large parts of the world. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Cast

  • Tony Markes as Frank
  • Rainbow Dolan as Angel
  • Kenneth McCabe as Goose
  • Kurtiss J. Tews as Psycho Soldier

Music

The music in Angel's Egg was composed by Yoshihiro Kanno who seldom composed film scores.


References

  1. ^ Angel's Egg (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2006-07-09.
  2. ^ Biography for Mamoru Oshii. Retrieved 2006-07-14.
  3. ^ Angel's Egg at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2006-07-09.

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See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links

  • Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg
  • Yoshitaka Amano's Artwork for Angel's Egg
  • Tenshi no Tamago/Angel's Egg @ IMDb
  • In the Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep @ IMDb

 
 

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