Pale Cocoon

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Synonyms: Aoi Tamago
Japanese: ペイル・コクーン


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 10, 2005
Producers: Directions
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Rikka
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 3494834,948 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #29062
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Popularity: #2582
Members: 70,565
Favorites: 234

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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...

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Director, Script, Original Creator
Volpé, Isabelle
ADR Director


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Ending Theme

"Aoi Tamago" by Little Moa


Jul 20, 2023
Pale Cocoon is a one-off OVA that was directed and written by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. Clocking in at around twenty three minutes, Pale Cocoon resembles a classic scifi short story: Short, sweet, with a nice punch. The setting is a post-apocalyptic future where people are excavating archives about the past world and their decaying life support equipment has forced them to retreat deeper into the massive amount of construction covering the surface of the planet. Since it's so short, it's difficult to say much more without major spoilers. The art style is engaging, the character development is solid, and the pacing is spot on.

Also, the user ...
Jul 3, 2016
Mixed Feelings
[This review contains a few minor spoilers]

The OVA has a fairly straightforward message: that Earth and its beauty is irreplaceable, even by the most advanced of technologies. In the dark, gray world the characters live in, the only faint resemblance to earth among all the steel is a color -- green. The characters keep going down the levels of their own world to live closer to a fake green - the "ocean" -, yet all they ever do is lose themselves even more amid all the machinery. In the end, when one of the characters finally gets to see something natural he realizes just how ...
Oct 12, 2020
Didn't look like there was a lot of effort, and predictably there weren't a lot of results.

Pale Cocoon is at its best right before it starts. The premise is strong, the synopsis is enticing, but right from the outset the OVA is a huge disappointment. It may even be best to just not watch it at all, and save the idea being dragged down by this result.

In the interest of parity, there are some positives to mention. The OVA has a type of confined brutalist architecture that goes a long way towards setting the tone, and some of the visuals are actually rather memorable, particularly ...

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