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->''"This is what would happen if [[Creator/AndreiTarkovsky Tarkovsky]] made an anime."''
-->--'''Website/YouTube commentator'''

''Angel's Egg'' (''Tenshi No Tamago'' in Japanese) is a surreal 1985 animated film which was directed by Creator/MamoruOshii and featured art designs by Creator/YoshitakaAmano. The film centers around a young girl protecting an egg in an abandoned gothic city who meets a mysterious man with a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross-shaped]] rifle. The rest is... [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a bit harder to describe]], but it's [[TakeOurWordForIt extremely beautiful nonetheless]].
!!This film contains examples of:
%%* AsTheGoodBookSays
* BadFuture: According to the man, [[spoiler:Noah's Ark didn't end well in this universe. The ending, which reveals them to be on an ark, seems to confirm it.]]
* BeautifulVoid: The setting is completely deserted, dark and worn out, but damn if it isn't lovingly designed.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The dove as represented in art around the city looks more like some horrifying winged humanoid.
* CrapsackWorld: While it's not clear on [[MindScrew whatever's going on]], it's clear that the world isn't an inviting place to live.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The man has a cross-shaped... gun? Staff? Something?
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The girl breaks down crying because the man destroys her egg, then she runs off, drowns and turns into a statue. It's further implied that the ark will continue to be gradually submerged until all life is definitively eradicated from the world.]]
* EggMcGuffin: The titular egg which is carried around by the girl and the man wants to open. [[spoiler:It's empty... or is it?]]
%%* FacelessEye
* FacelessMasses: The fishermen.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Giant flying coelacanth shadows, to be exact.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:The girl apparently dies after losing her egg and becomes part of a spaceship (?) as the man looks on. But with her death, lots of eggs emerge from the water. The camera backs away, revealing that they were in an ark all along. The end.]]
* GhostCity: The city is completely deserted, save for the two main characters, and the fishermen which may or may not be alive.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: It has forsaken the world and [[spoiler:left all remaining life to die in Noah's Ark.]]
* ImportationExpansion: When it was brought to the US, 45 minutes of ''live action'' footage was added in an attempt to release it as a post-apocalyptic thriller. This version, called ''In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep'' has since been almost completely forgotten.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The scene just before [[spoiler:the man breaks the egg]] has the girl asleep and the man sitting beside her bed while the fire burns. This lasts for about 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
** The ending consists of very long takes as the camera "flies" away from the ground.
* MindScrew: When even ''[[Creator/MamoruOshii the goddamn creator]]'' throws up his hands and admits he has no idea what the film is supposed to say, you know you're in bizarro-land.
* {{Minimalism}}: It has only two characters, neither of which have names, and less than a page of dialogue, most of which is contained in a single scene. The anime focuses more on the girl's devotion to her egg than anything else.
* MinimalistCast: The only people we ever see is [[NoNameGiven the little girl with the egg and the young warrior with the cross-shaped riffle.]] Apart from them and couple of ghostly fishermen who can't really be considered characters, the [[BeautifulVoid highly-detailed world the two live in is completely deserted.]]
* MysticalWhiteHair: Both the girl and the man, which hints at them [[spoiler:possibly being God-sent.]]
* NoNameGiven: The girl and the man aren't named.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Apparently, they lay eggs. Or destroy them, or something.
* RapunzelHair: The girl. It could probably envelope her whole.
* TheReveal: At the end of the movie, the camera pulls out slowly to show that [[spoiler:the city is built on the capsized hull of Noah's Ark.]]
%%* RuleOfSymbolism
* SceneryPorn: This is Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's visual poem. With only about five minutes of dialog in its seventy minute run time the absolutely gorgeous visuals carry the film's elegant, surreal and poignant "narrative".
* SilenceIsGolden: There's less than a page of dialogue, and most of it is in one scene. The second line of dialogue is said a full 24 minutes into a 71 minute film.
* TakenForGranite: The man says that [[spoiler:everyone in Noah's Ark, which they are on, turned to stone. The fishermen might be part of it.]]
%%* WorldOfSymbolism