Sun 29 Aug 2010
This is the second entry into my ongoing series Anime for Lunch, where I explore and discuss short anime that can easily be watched in a single sitting, during breaks or just with an hour of time to kill. Today we’ll be looking at Pale Cocoon, a beautiful OVA by Yoshiura Yasuhiro released in 2005. Clocking in at barely under half an hour, Pale Cocoon is a unique and solemn look at the future of humanity. The Earth has become inhospitable, and everyone has moved deep underground. Ura works in an underground facility far into the dytopian future analyzing data artifacts from the distant past. An unexplained record pops up on a routine day, and Ura seeks to find out what it means.
One thing that’s very noticeable early on is that despite the fancy and advanced technology and gadgets like the animated time cards and electronic books, a sense of crippling melancholy inundates the anime. The visuals are stunning for 2005 (YouTube does not really do it much justice) and the sharp sounds really punctuate the show well. From 3:15, the panning, zooming camera work and music do an excellent job of creating a setting that viewers can understand easily and quickly. The anime continues past the break. (more…)