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).
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
are used (mostly blue/white/gold), but the true beauty of Mezame no Hakobune is definitly the OST. The soundtrack, composed from new age songs, really fits the scenery of the OAV, and creates unique atmosphere.
Mezame no Hakabune has only one weakness- some of it moments are boring as hell, and it’s an unforgivable mistake for a 42 minutes long show. Also, I wouldn’t recommend this anime to people who don’t like to think pointlessly. There are no given questions and answers, so it might be quite difficult to expect anything from the plot.
Still, it’s one of the best experimental anime out there, so be sure to watch it if you like these kind of things.
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
saves this otherwise dismissable episode of Oshii.
3D cgi work with lots of composites works well to great %50 of the time, rest of'em comes around as cheesy.
Oshii once again stepped on my nerves with the extraterrestrial Dog-God and human offspring morphing into puppies. Off with the bullsh.t man, 20 years and you are taking this dog metaphore nowhere, it's ruining your work.
Like Sky crawlers it left a sour taste in my mouth. I can not reccomend it freely, but it is good enough for a single view, especially for the crosslinks between Oshii's body of work.
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
tremendous trilogy! Here it is exact: open the reason and enter into the world of dizzy beauty. Plunge on an ocean floor and from there be praised to skies where you will meet the most improbable beings … And this travel is improbably courageous in the irreality. After all it is not simply video. This is immersion in the world of other, unknown Japan. Music of Kendzi Kavaya so accurately transfers the atmosphere and touches for soul, as difficultly to describe as far as everything perfectly turned out!
At first sight it seems, what there is a set of musical clips. And his founders probably wanted pleasantly to spend time and simply create a beautiful video series, being guided by soul command. But if to get accustomed, it is possible to find the ciphered thought which doesn't rush at once to eyes. Authors wanted to tell that each live, being on the travel between heaven and earth, bears the information mission. What is unites us? DNA existence. At the same time it unites us and at the same time it grants everyone identity. And DNA is not source of the imagination and dreams. It is necessary to change slightly something and the world can change to unrecognizability. Little change in a chromosome site - and we already in other, alternative reality...
Watch this clip if it is interesting for you to come to other world of animation and it is simple to relax.
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
genetic roots from humans to dogs.
Oshii Mamoru-san is the director, do I guess that’s everything needed to be said. The soundtrack might surprise you, because this is a well-known and superb collaboration, being Kawai Kenji-san classical suspect behind the score; you Ghost in the Shell aficionados are in for a pleasant surprise, it is honestly perfect.
Lastly, I have to say that “Mezame no Hakobune” is ultimately a triumphal piece of art; to tell a story with simply images and music is overwhelmingly beautiful, and this one in particular speaks directly to our hearts.