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The Mystical Lawsnote  is a 2012 anime movie directed by Isamu Imakake and the sixth of seven anime movies produced by the Japanese spiritual movement Happy Science, whose plots are essentially what happens when anime and religious films collide.

In the year 202X, a Military Coup occurs in the Republic of East Asia, and the country is turned into the Godom Empire. Under the leadership of Emperor Tathagata Killer, the empire begins a conquest to Take Over the World and destroy all religion. Opposing the Godom Empire is Hermes' Wings, a secret society comprised of politicians and prominent figures from around the globe, as well as Shou Shishimaru, a doctor working for Hermes' Wings who finds out he's the reincarnation of the Buddha.

It is based on a book of the same name written by the movement's late founder/president Ryuho Okawa, who also contributed to the script before his passing.


  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: This movie really likes mixing in CG with 2D animation. It's especially notable in the Final Battle, where both the spirits and the demons are animated in CG.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 6. Tathagata used his intellect and skills in science to create the "Ultimate Destruction Weapon," which creates a fireball 400,000 times as hot as the sun's core and throws it behind enemy lines. Leika Chan tried to object by explaining such a weapon could severely affect the Earth's core, extinguishing all life on Earth. However, Tathagata jokingly asks her if she's speaking from experience. As it turns out, she is.
  • Artifact of Hope: The General tells Shou he should find the Symbol of the Savior, a sacred artifact that can put a stop to the Godom Empire's advances for good. However, he also explains that there's not much information about it save for the fact it's located in Lake Titicaca. Later on at the climax of the story, a Hermes' Wings member carries the artifact and throws it towards Shou after being shot by the police.
  • Big Bad: Emperor Tathagata Killer, ruler of Godom Empire and the one instigating their global conquest.
  • Captain Ersatz: China is never actually referred to by name in the movie and is instead only mentioned as the "Republic of East Asia".
  • China Takes Over the World: The Godom Empire is a fascistic China that seeks to conquer the world.
  • The Chosen One: Shou, after finding out he's the reincarnation of the Buddha.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The ending sees everyone in the world coming together in prayer to give Shou the power to defeat demon Tathagata.
  • Cool Mask: Tathagata wears a white, featureless mask over his face for no apparent reason other than it looks cool.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: The Earth Doctors organization is actually a front group for Hermes' Wings, a secret society comprised of politicians and influential people who oppose the Godom Empire.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The ending credits roll at the right to show pictures of Shou's further journeys throughout the world to preach his message as the new General of Hermes' Wings and Savior of mankind, unifying the people of Earth with the spirit world they ignored for so long.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: After Shou voluntarily turns himself over to the Godom Empire soldiers, Emperor Tathagata Killer has him crucified into a huge cross in a crowded stadium with people shouting for his death in an execution by firing squad televised to all citizens of Earth to make him serve as an example of what they do to defectors. One soldier even gloats to Shou's coworkers they will be next after the Emperor is done with him.
  • Dark Is Evil: Demons in this movie are beings of darkness and are monstrously evil beings who cause turmoil by possessing humans into giving into their worst desires and in some cases, seek for the destruction of Earth.
  • Doomed Hometown: Theta explains to Shou that her home planet Vega was razed by a "forbidden weapon". While there were survivors, said weapon affected the crust and the core so severely that the planet started to die. To ensure their people's survival, Theta and her father the King of Vega started a migration plan, eventually choosing Earth as their destination after its God gave them permission.
  • Doomsday Device: The appropriately named "Ultimate Destruction Weapon" creates a fireball 400,000 times as hot as the sun's core and throws it behind enemy lines.
  • The Dragon: Leika Chan, Tathagata's right-hand woman and the one who provides the advanced technology he needs to fulfill his conquest.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Tathagata Killer summons a demonic-looking Chinese dragon spirit when Konohana-no-Sakuya-bime summons Yamata-no-Orochi to devour his fleets on their way to invade Japan. He summons it again to destroy both Shou and Princess Theta after his demon armies were defeated by the spirits sent to protect them, but it's again defeated by Yamata-no-Orochi.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: This is the Ultimate Destruction Weapon's true purpose as per Demon Tathagata's wishes. The Earth's consciousness also causes this whenever the human race commits a grave sin against itself.
  • FaceĖHeel Turn: Urano, the head chief of Earth Doctors, defects to the Godom Empire and shoots the General to death after the latter named Shou as his pupil and successor.
  • Forced to Watch: After Shou willingly got himself captured by the Godoms in his mission to deactivate the Ultimate Destruction Weapon, Tathagata Killer televised his crucifixion and subsequent execution by firing squad for the world to see, forcing all citizens of the Empire to watch Shou die under threat of execution.
  • Gratuitous Nazis: The Godom Empire's emblem is a tilted swastika on a red background, and the government is explicitly referred to as a "Nazi power" in several summaries, likely because Everything's Eviler with Nazis.
  • Light Is Good: The Spirits are beings of light who help Shou in his journey to defeat the Godom Empire and bring peace to the world once again.
  • Make an Example of Them: After turning himself over to the Godom Empire, Shou is crucified and put on display in a crowded stadium, with Tathagata Killer televising his execution live for all citizens of Earth to show what happens to those who dare to rise against the Godom Empire.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Shou's mentor and the leader of Hermes' Wings, the General, dies about 30 minutes into the movie when the Godom Empire raids the Hermes' Wings headquarters.
  • Middle Eastern Coalition: At the UN meeting to discuss what to do about the Godom Empire, the entire Middle East is represented as one country while averting Africa Is a Country by showing the Ugandan representative talking to his country's people.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The members of Godom's board of directors all have American accents in the English dub, despite being Chinese.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Godom's board of directors, whose purpose is essentially to provide exposition on Godom's takeover of the world and the progress of the Ultimate Destruction Weapon.
  • Orochi: In this movie, Yamata-no-Orochi is one of the good guys as Konohana-no-Sakuya-bime summons it to devour the Godom fleets on their way to Japan, and then does it again to protect Shou and Princess Theta from Tathagata Killer's demonic dragon.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons in this movie are depicted as Always Chaotic Evil beings of darkness that spread turmoil by influencing humans to do bad things.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: The reptilian aliens who show up to try and invade Earth while Tathagata is destroying it. They appear in only two scenes and have absolutely no bearing on the main plot of the movie.
  • Psychic Strangle: Tathagata Killer holds Leika Chan by the neck in this way when she points out something is wrong with him. However, she emits a light wave from her bracelet to distract him and escape.
  • Rousing Speech: The UN representatives give a speech to their respective countries to unite and stand up to the Godom Empire's tyranny and fight back.
  • Shockwave Stomp: In the Final Battle of the movie, one of the Asuras protecting Shou from Tathagata's demon army stomps the floor creating a shockwave that wipes out the entire army, save for one demon that looked around before disintegrating.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The English trailer for this movie tries to downplay the spiritual aspect and instead makes it seem more action-oriented.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The English trailer also features Leika-Chan revealing her true form as an alien princess.
  • You Are in Command Now: Shou becomes the leader of Hermes' Wings following the death of the General.