Ranked #1270

Pale Cocoon

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Aoi Tamago
Japanese: ペイル・コクーン


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 10, 2005
Source: Unknown
Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.591 (scored by 22,426 users)
Ranked: #12702
Popularity: #1066
Members: 38,902
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A future where the continuity of history has broken off, a world of enormous ruins that continues endlessly. Oceans and continents have vanished, existing only within the archives brought up from the remains. Ura works in the Archive Excavation Department, which restores and analyzes the data left behind. One day, he finds a disturbing visual record...

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakao, Michio
Nakao, Michio
Kawashima, Minako
Kawashima, Minako
Yamaguchi, Yoko
Yamaguchi, Yoko
Koyama, Yuka
Koyama, Yuka


Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Director, Script
Okada, Tohru
Okada, Tohru

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Ending Theme

"Aoi Tamago" by Little Moa

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Nov 8, 2007
Pale Cocoon tells the story of a post-apocalyptic Earth as observed by two humans, a man and a woman. They are involved in the extraction and cleaning of digital archives left by humans many years before. They include all types of media, pictures of Earth, newspaper clippings, video... the works. They are to a certain extent futuristic archaeologists. The story follows them as they hope to unravel Earth's history. Although short, as one off OVA, it doesn't feel like it is short. If that makes any sense. The plot is nicely developed and reaches an interesting conclusion.

The animation and direction for Pale Cocoon is read more
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Jan 11, 2014
Pale cocoon is an anime short film about an unlucky generation living in an artificial colony below earth’s surface after its inevitable demise brought upon by possible pollution, possible war and maybe other devastating factors. Our main protagonist Ura is an excavator who recovers lost archives containing facts including: images, audio and video footage from the beautiful world where humanity once existed. He is the last excavator as the rest of them (including our female lead Riko) had been disgusted by how their ancestors came to destroy that beautiful world and decided against digging up more facts as it would only sadden them further. Ura read more
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Oct 17, 2009

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

The audience opens their eyes to a set of wrought iron stairs, coiling about a brilliant pillar of golden light. It illuminates the dreary recesses of this world, the rusting iron, the sluggish gait of the excavators leaving their cubicles. This is the fate of mankind, stuffed into the interiors of the planet because the surface has rotted away from overpopulation. At least it’s not global warming that dooms us, Pale Cacoon predicts it’s a lack of protection. read more
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Mar 29, 2008
This OVA will undoubtedly get much praise from people too quick to let the animation convince them they've witnessed something groundbreaking, when in reality, much like what occurs in the story itself, they've allowed themselves to be bamboozled by what's in front of their faces while ignoring what's behind it all.

Swinging your camera around like a 15 year old who just discovered editing software doesn't really impress. The director's immaturity behind the camera shows itself via his lack of restraint. Animation junkies, the kind of people who prioritize pretty visuals over substance and story wont notice or care.

The story was imaginative and with read more
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Both Mikako of Voices and the protagonists of Pale Cocoon are forcibly alienated from Earth. Both stories take place in a depopulated and dystopic future, and emphasize a kind of ethereal nostalgia for the "Home Planet." Both involve elements of ambiguous romance. 
reportRecommended by Cinnamonsylph
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Made by the same studio, Has the same mysterious feeling of wanting to know what is happening.  
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi and deal with multilevel-ground. Main characters curious about how the real world is. And one day, when they finally realize the truth about the real world, something is happened. 
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Anime: Sakasama no Patema
Sakasama no Patema is basically a longer, more detailed Pale Cocoon with more action and a happier ending. Pale Cocoon, on the other hand, makes more sense scientifically and has the better song. 
reportRecommended by luinthoron
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Both are about a futuristic post apocalyptic world. Main characters are unaware of the past and try to peace together clues on what happened. Ergo Proxy is more action based where as Pale Cocoon is more cyberpunk. 
reportRecommended by DeathfireD
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Made by the same studio, If u liked this u will probable like Mizu no Kotoba, has the same mysterious feeling of wanting to know what is happening.  
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