Ranked #1419

Tenshi no Tamago

Alternative Titles

English: Angel's Egg
Japanese: 天使のたまご


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 22, 1985
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 11 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.541 (scored by 11,441 users)
Ranked: #14192
Popularity: #1424
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In a desolate and dark world full of shadows, lives one little girl who seems to do nothing but collect water in jars and protect a large egg she carries everywhere. A mysterious man enters her life... and they discuss the world around them.

(Source: ANN)


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 called In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hyoudou, Mako
Hyoudou, Mako
Nezu, Jinpachi
Nezu, Jinpachi


Oshii, Mamoru
Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Screenplay
Shiba, Shigeharu
Shiba, Shigeharu
Sound Director
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Key Animation
Amano, Yoshitaka
Amano, Yoshitaka
Original Creator, Character Design

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Prelude" by Yoshihiro Kanno

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Feb 17, 2015
“When it comes down to it, I think the director doesn’t know everything about the movie. Everyone always thinks if you want to know something, talk to the director. I don’t think that’s true. I think the answer lies inside every single viewer.” - Mamoru Oshii

As cliche as it is, I’ll say it regardless: this movie is not for everyone. By the end you’ll most likely be calling your mother, asking her to hold you. Begging her to tell you everything’s going to be all right. Angel’s Egg is a 70 minute joyride through the enigmatic mind of Mamoru Oshii that has more Christian symbolism read more
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Jul 17, 2008
I heard that this anime was underrated, and then decided to check it out. After watching the film, I was doing two things. One, I was scratching my head, and two, I was trying to pry my jaw from the floor.

Wow, what a surreal, vivid, creepy, terrifying, amazing, astounding, memorable work of art.

The story here is quite simple, and is presented very slowly. The main character does not hesitate to observe and admire her surroundings. The pacing has been complained about before, and I halfway agree with these complaints. On one hand, the extra-slow paced lingering shots may bore you, and on the other hand, read more
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Mar 28, 2010
Preface: Angel's Egg is my favorite movie, animated or not, and I don’t expect everyone to like it as much as I do... this is just my opinion.
Also: Spoiler Warning.......

Mandatory ratings of "story" and "character" seem constricting, implying that anime must be a narrative art.. Animation especially seems to have the potential to release visuals from these constructs and to become a poetic association of images or a musical rhapsody of color and movement, which engage us on a subconscious aesthetic level.. Not to imply that Angel's Egg is a non-narrative work of art— it isn't— or that it has no characters— it does, read more
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Apr 28, 2015
Preface: This movie was difficult to review because so little is said about what it sets out to do. By extension, its heavily symbolic means of storytelling makes it even harder to judge elements such as the characters and the story by conventional standards.

Angel's Egg speaks few words. Little can be said assuredly to encapsulate the plot of this film (and I wouldn't want to risk overstepping the boundaries of my interpretation), and it remains unclear as to what sort of picture director Mamoru Oshii aimed to portray with this bizarre project. The entire movie seems to be a metaphor for a plethora of read more
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