Ranked #1194
Pale Cocoon

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
Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.621 (scored by 21198 users)
Ranked: #11942
Popularity: #975
Members: 36,417
Favorites: 168
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Director, Script
Okada, Tohru

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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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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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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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Feb 17, 2010
Spoilers, read only afterwards.


Pale Cocoon is less about environmentalism and more about the preservation of our history and truth. The humans stuck on the terraformed moon gave up the on excavating the ruins of Earth because they thought they could never return to their mother planet. Faced with the past of knowing and understanding that their ancestors ruined themselves and the future, the excavators rather resign themselves to ignorance and forget, only burrowing themselves further downwards rather then accepting the bitter truth and seeking the origins.

The main character refuses to give in to this nihilistic ignorance, he clings desperately to the fading truth as 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
Made by the same studio, Has the same mysterious feeling of wanting to know what is happening.  
reportRecommended by Chimasternmay
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi and deal with multilevel-ground. Main characters curious about how the real world is. And one day, when they finallyrealize the truth about the real world, something is happened. 
reportRecommended by absolutecurse
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
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
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.  
reportRecommended by Chimasternmay

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"Aoi Tamago" by Little Moa

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