Anime / Origin: Spirits of the Past

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Agito awakens Toola from cryogenic sleep. Toola has some adjusting to do, as a science experiment Gone Horribly Wrong has left the moon a bit less intact than it used to be, has turned plants into destructive forces of nature, and has made water a bit scarce. As she's attempting to adjust to her new life, Shunack, another former cryogenic sleeper, arrives.

Shunack informs Toola that there's a way to return things to the way they were before. Toola, not coping with the murderous forest and other changes well, agrees to leave with him. Agito doesn't think this is a good idea, and the forest and its representatives agree with him. Agito is enhanced with some of the forest's energy so he can stand up to Shunack and the legion of soldiers and Humongous Mecha under his command. As this goes on Toola starts seeing glimpses of just how militant Shunack can be, and starts to figure out that putting things back to "normal" is going to cause a lot more destruction than she thought.


This movie povides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Geology: In the climax a volcano is able to stand up on mechanical legs, becoming a movable weapon of mass destruction, despite logically being cut off from the mantle.
  • Artistic License – Physics: At the end of the volcano scene mentioned above, Agito jumps off the side of the mountain with Toola and both of them fall a good thousand feet. The landing actually kicks up a plume of dirt. Both are totally fine. Now, even if Agito is a silver-haired superman Toola is just a normal human and the sudden stop should have snapped her neck.
  • Art Major Biology: Pretty much everything involving The Forest.
  • Alien Sky: Although the film is set on Earth, the moon is clearly cracked and has a line of debris extending from it.
  • Apocalypse How: Somewhere around class 1 or 2, apparently.
  • Badass Grandpa: Only shown in one scene, but one of three enhanced founders (Minka and Kain's father) of the Neutral City.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Agito's outfit after becoming enhanced.
  • Big Bad: Shunack is the main villain of the film.
  • Black and Gray Morality: At first the entire point of the film seems to be an Anvilicious Green Aesop; however, it also kind of appears to be a Deconstruction of one as well. Ragna is a seemingly anti-environmental ruthless empire, but the altered "eco-system" of the Earth is a sentient, animalistic, mass-murdering, force of literal nature that demands that its protectors be turned into trees.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Agito with superpowers finds literally nothing that can actually threaten him.
  • Broken Aesop: Remember, we have to live in harmony with the creepy sentient forest that cuts off our water supply if we don't bow to its wishes. Trying to undo humanity's mistake in creating killer vine-dragon-things is bad.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Minka is strongly implied to be this, she has a crush on Agito so naturally Toola is competition.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Near the end of the movie, Agito runs down an exploding volcano with Toola in his arms while being closely pursued by a very fast (and presumably very hot) lava flow. The ground he's running across is glowing red and actually looks molten in some places and yet neither of them suffer so much as a singed hair.
  • Creepy Twins: The twin forest spirits. Especially the one with the high, squeaky voice.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Those who become enhanced by the forest gain extraordinary super-strength, but using that power can gradually cause Metamorphosis and effectively an early death. When their time comes, they mostly accept their fate, claiming to finally be in peace with nature and themselves.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Until she joins Shunack in Ragna, Toola wears nothing but her short hospital gown was wearing in the medical facility wear she was in suspended animation. Minka's family gives her something wear over it but her short skirt is still visible.
  • Determinator: Agito, he'll get Toola back no matter how far he has to go or how long it takes. Shunack as well, he wants to correct his past mistakes, and he'll do whatever it takes and let nobody get in his way.
  • Detonation Moon: The Forest was originally housed on the Moon. When it went out of control, it tore its way through the Moon before coming to Earth as debris. The moon is still up there, but it's badly fractured and has a ring.
  • The Dragon: Jessica serves as Shunack's right-hand woman up until she pulls a Heel–Face Turn towards the film's end.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Classic example with Agito and Toola.
  • The Empire: Everything about Ragna screams this trope, from their blood red armor to their Humongous Mecha to their heavily industrialized, military society. However, they're far from Always Chaotic Evil. For the most part, they're generally decent people trying to live independently from the Forest, which is easy enough to see as a monstrous, tyrannical entity.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Jessica's reaction to Shunack when he reveals his motives.
  • Fastball Special: A comical variation — after Agito gets enhanced, his inaugural battle on behalf of the forest begins with a Druid unceremoniously kicking him off a mile-high cliff and into the midst of Ragna soldiers siphoning water. He immediately recovers with his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Fanservice: There's a descent amount: Toola in her short, tight hospital gown, Agito's revealing top and muscles after he's enhanced. Also Minka sleeps naked, or at least topless.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Toola and Shunack.
  • Genius Loci: The Forest is both a place and a Hive Mind consciousness.
  • Goomba Springboard: Agito is the victim of a rather humiliating one when he fights Shunack. Shunack sends him tumbling and relieves him of his love interest in one easy movement, with a smug look on his face.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Genetically modified plants break the moon in half, land on Earth, and kill most of humanity when one of the scientists, Shunack, got impatient and decided to speed the experiment along a little.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jessica and the Ragna Army turn on Shunack en masse after she learns of his true colors and helps fight off E.S.T.O.C. to help Agito rescue Toola.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Agito transforms into a tree to allow Toola to destroy E.S.T.O.C. and help save the world. He gets better.
  • Hive Mind: The Forest seems to behave this way.
  • Human Popsicle: Toola and Shunack used to be these, it's implied others are still sleeping.
  • Karmic Transformation: Shunack, who not only caused the Forest to overrun the world, but is attempting to destroy it, gets turned into a tree along with Agito. Agito gets better, but Shunack doesn't.
  • Landmarking the Hidden Base: E.S.T.O.C. is inside a volcano. It takes up the entire thing.
  • Lost Superweapon: Much of the plot involves the search for an old-world device intended to reclaim the world from the feral forest. It turns out to be a walking volcano cannon, which is as ridiculous as it sounds. The precursors obviously played a lot of Dwarf Fortress.
  • Metamorphosis: Enhanced humans eventually turn into trees, faster if they abuse their powers.
  • Made of Iron: Every enhanced human, even if they're really made of plants.
  • Mind Screw: So many parts of the movie and its world produce more questions than answers — flat whats abound.
  • Mystical White Hair: Agito, though it's not much of a spoiler, since his hair is showed white in the advertisements for the movie... and is also the Japanese title. Gin-iro no Kami no Agito, lit. "Silver-haired Agito". Subtle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Toola, when she realizes Agito sacrificed himself to save her because of her actions in help Shunack gain control of E.S.T.O.C., Shunack likely felt this trope too when awoke and saw what had become of the world because of his impatience in the plant experiment that cause it go wrong.
  • Nature Hero: Agito
  • Official Couple: Agito and Toola become this.
  • One-Man Army: Anyone, who was touched by the Forest. Agito doesn't seem to have problem with jumping great heights and singlehandedly destroying tanks. Literally singlehandedly, when he slices a tank in half with one hand.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They're dragon-shaped amalgams of plants.
  • Plant Person: Enhanced humans. There's also the druids and the forest spirit twins.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The Forest and Ragna, though which side is which is debatable. On the one hand there's the whole nature vs. science thing, on the other Ragna and especially Shunack are obsessed with the past while the Forest is a genetically engineered Hive Mind of plants (possibly a biotech Posthuman) that brought down the old order.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Most cities are completely taken over by the Forest and are reduced to rubble, while only a few buildings still stand. This hits Toola especially hard, as she remembers how the city used to be.
  • Save the World Climax: The anime starts with a Fish out of Water exploring a new world and ends with saving the World Tree.
  • Say My Name: "TOOOOLAAAA!!!"
  • Scenery Porn: The landscapes are positively beautiful, especially the overgrown ruined cities and volcanic eruption at the end.
  • She's Got Legs: Toola has long and slender legs.
  • Spider Tank: "Walking Sticks" and "Ragna Tanks".
  • Super Strength: Enhanced humans get this Up to Eleven.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Agito, in spades.
  • Tron Lines: The entryway to the volcano that contains E.S.T.O.C. lights up with these in response to Toola's raban.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The setting.
  • Wham Line: How Shunack's deception is revealed.
    Shunack: What's inside belongs to those of us from the past. It's not for your eyes.
    Jessica: You intend to betray the Ragna Army.
    Shunack: As though there were anything you could do to stop me. [he and Toola walk through the portal] We'll not meet again. [the door closes]
    Jessica: Come back! So we finally see your true colors.
  • When Trees Attack: Don't piss off the Druids. Just don't.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Shunack has white hair and is the Big Bad.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shunack does this to Jessica at the end of the film.

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