Mezame no Hakobune

Open Your Mind

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Synonyms: Ark of Awakening, Waking Ark
Japanese: めざめの方舟
English: Open Your Mind
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 24, 2005
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Source: Other
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 35 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.821 (scored by 12511,251 users)
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Ranked: #100912
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Popularity: #9137
Members: 3,671
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The plot of Open Your Mind follows the extraterrestrial origin of life, coming from outerspace as six deities (Intermission act), evolving into water (Sho-ho) then emerging to the air (Hyakkin) and to the ground (Ku-nu). Each one of these creatures rules one of the six elements of the godai philosophy, i.e. Earth, Water, Fire, Wind (referred to as kaze in the Hyakkin chant), Sky and Consciousness (referred to as "Awakening" in the movie's title).

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Dec 11, 2013
An ancient anime artefact, this is, probably, the only way I can find to describe this relic.
You simply cannot ignore “Mezame no Hakobune”, its power is almost unreal. This CGI animation will pull you from within the depths of the ocean (SHO-HO), as you swam with whales and sharks and rays, lifting you then, leading through a surreal stream of consciousness. Transpiring widely across the skies (HYAKKIN), will acknowledge you as you watch, through the eyes of the seagulls, the land from above. In a more somewhat melancholic, yet enlightened finale (KU-UN), you might question, and wisely doing so, the very origin of life; the ...
Sep 5, 2009
If i would have to describe Mezame no Hakobune with one word, i'ts gonna be "INHUMAN". There’s no story, no dialogues, and at first glance, the anime doesn't make any sense. While watching the OAV, we’re slowly being pulled into an extraterrestial universe, where various dimensions are overlaping themselves. Not knowing anything about the reality surrounding us, we travel through these weird worlds, trying to understand what’s going on. It’s a voyage of consciousness, mind, and soul.

The animation is quite nice; it’s mostly made of 3d graphics, though there are some live-action scenes as well. Some stunning colors ...
Aug 26, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Medium-length movie directed by Mamoru Oshii to represent Japan at the Aichi expo.

Oshii's has touched the visual ceiling of animation, visually I have not seen animation movies as tremendously impressive as 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence' or this one. The bad thing is that in 'Open Your Mind' removing the sublime that it is in those aspects, it left me a bit cold in what it tells, I felt like something is missing.

Here we see an association of images and concepts that seem to represent the creation and evolution of life on planet Earth.
It all starts with a meeting of gods of various religions ...

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