Mezame no Hakobune

Open Your Mind

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English: Open Your Mind
Synonyms: Ark of Awakening, Waking Ark
Japanese: めざめの方舟


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 24, 2005
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Source: Other
Genres: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 35 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.911 (scored by 10351,035 users)
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Ranked: #88372
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Popularity: #8204
Members: 2,982
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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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Sep 5, 2009
earthshine (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 17, 2009
Spunkie (All reviews)
Firstly if you went in expecting anything storylike you'll be weirded out. This is an audio/visual experience that's bound to be presented on multi panel display. For those of us watching it on our home theater the effect is hugely diminished.

"Open Your Mind" takes you on a thrill ride to Oshii's mindscape. It can be interpreted as Oshii throwing abrupt imagery at the viewer and it closely resembles a shroom trip. Whatever it is, the strongest emotion present is oneness with the universe. Qatsi Trilogy, especially the latest instalment Naqoyqatsi probably left an impression on Oshii.

Kawai's soundtrack is as sweet and uplifting as ever and read more
Dec 11, 2013
tsubagakure (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 27, 2012
kaonasi_mV (All reviews)
What did me push to look this roller? The name was pleasant. I expected from the film any wildly philosophical loading which should be submitted in intricate history. But what there was my surprise when any posing appeared only closer to the end at last. I will not tell that before it wasn't. Simply it reminded me the program for music listening, no more. So at once I warn is not any petty history about love.

The film is a mix of computer animation and live shootings, it consists of three parts. And after the endured disappointments and considering, I can declare- it is a read more

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