Takahashi, is the living embodiment of Atman (the energy of the Human Spirit) and he has been called upon to fight the forces of darkness single handedly. He is haunted by the murder of his...
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Takahashi, is the living embodiment of Atman (the energy of the Human Spirit) and he has been called upon to fight the forces of darkness single handedly. He is haunted by the murder of his father, and is thrown into a nightmare world when he is brought to the attention of the Kikuchi clan - descendants of the five original families of Japan. The clan want him to face off against the serpent - the God of Darkness - who was once a mighty god in heaven until he was banished to the underworld where he slew the eight-tailed serpent. Takahashi is destined to fight this battle as he bears the tattoo of the serpent.
Well this is certainly a hard one. The whole film seeks to examine which Japenese religion is the "correct" one, via a twisted tale of reincarnation, and a pre-destined fight of two Gods, one evil, one good (naturally, why is there never a God of apathy?).
The story itself follows a teenage boy, who is actually a reincarnated saviour of humanity, as he travels through Japan attempting to become powerful enough to fight "The Dark Nebula", whilst also avoiding a cult that wants his power for himself. (This is kind of simplifying things a little, but as with much anime this is the only way to explain the story).
Although the animation is dated, and there is little "action, this remains a very engaging film. It attempts to unravel the very history of Japanese religion, while claiming it is neither correct nor incorrect. It can be very hard to follow at times due to the amount of Gods that are mentioned, often with no direct relevence. Regardless, the very ideas behind this film are what makes it so successful, and it remains interesting that only anime is capable of such complex and philosophical tales. This film is recommeded for any one who likes to have their ideas challenged, and to be avoided by action fans.
A prime example of the thinking-persons anime.
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