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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: Anchor Bay Films
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 11 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.621 (scored by 20,915 users)
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Ranked: #13122
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Popularity: #1477
Members: 53,330
Favorites: 1,085


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Feb 17, 2015
Rqt (All reviews)
“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
Jul 17, 2008
RangFlash (All reviews)
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
Mar 28, 2010
xxxxxxx (All reviews)
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
Mar 6, 2015
Zergneedsfood (All reviews)
Angel's Egg, or Tenshi no Tamago, sits at the forefront of a list of bizarre and eccentric anime that includes Cat Soup and Iblard Jikan, while its niche but most enthused audience promises that its complex allegory is as beautiful and philosophical as the most serious of art-house films. Directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, Patlabor, Sky Crawlers), Angel's Egg is perhaps Oshii's most personal and best work. However, as interesting and surreal as it is, beneath its murky surface Angel's Egg suffers from classical problems in Oshii's stories. Past the compelling mystical, spiritual, and psychological nature of the work, there is read more
May 3, 2017
Amine_Fan (All reviews)
There's a moment in this film when a little girl stands at the side of a street, watching an army of phallic-shaped tanks roar by. The animators made extra sure the shaft part of each tank dick, which protrudes to its left, passes directly over the girl's head.

If there's one compliment I can give the anime, it's that moment. The scene encapsulates perfectly how I feel having sat through this hour's runtime. Minute after drawn-out minute, Angel's Egg is a bunch of anime writers swinging their dicks at you, moaning how smart they are. Worst of all, they're right. This IS a smart film, and read more
Mar 9, 2013
mahoganycow (All reviews)
From Mamoru Oshii of “Ghost in the Shell” fame, we receive this deceptively simple story: A young girl wanders through a dark, empty city inhabited only by the ghosts of the past, both human and animal. She carries with her a massive egg, which she protects and nurtures. Soon a man appears and begins to follow her. Much of the movie is without dialogue. That doesn't sound terribly inviting, but it is what it is: An ominous and slow-moving film that, while requiring a degree of patience, is nonetheless quite lovable.

Approaching thirty years of age, the art in Angel's Egg is dated, but it isn't read more
Dec 17, 2012
Lima-Sama (All reviews)
It sucked. Seriously, don't watch this shit. If you can get through the first 30 minutes without falling asleep I salute you. I tried 8 times. It's boring as hell, there's a scene where the 2 main characters just sit there in silence for almost 5 whole minutes, no soundtrack, no movement. This can barely be callled an animation since there's barely any actual movement going on. It just sucks man. Don't watch this please. 8 out 10 people will hate it, 1 person will pretend it's some profund underrated gem, and a work of art, all that bullshit. We all know that person. And read more
May 22, 2017
ExplosvRamiel (All reviews)
Imagine this: you are at the gallery, staring at the abstract painting of something that looks like a dragon. Then, someone walks next to you and starts to look at the painting too, but he loudly says to himself: "Wow, what a nice scenery of a sunset!". You reply: "Well, I think that this more looks like a dragon", but there is no clear answer, because the painting doesn't clearly define what's on it, just a stack of colors that has a shape similar to a dragon, or a sunset scenery, or maybe something else. This example may be bannal, but it perfectly describes the read more
Mar 27, 2009
labantnet (All reviews)
I'll Keep this short. Extremely strange. there's nearly no dialog in this 1:11 wonder. That leaves nearly no the entire movie up to the viewer to explain. It's going to mean different things to different people. I will agree with other reviewers that there seems to be an overall "Christian" theme. although that seemed to be put in a bad light with the "Church" having a stained-glass fish window (Jesus? or Regular Fish?) and all the Fishermen trying to spear the non-existent fish, and destroying the town in the process.I see that as saying religion is bad, others might disagree. I guess that's why I read more
Feb 19, 2017
SmoothJazzDavis (All reviews)
What could i say about this? Other than my eyes and even my heart eat every seconds of it. I was under hypnosis, without any will to get out of it, at ease, i was absorbed, i have been the victim of Tenshi no Tamago. Once i got in, there were no way i could have find a way to escape. How would describe this movie in a word? Parasite, this movie got into myself and i will never forget this sweet experience.

Story - 10

Tenshi no Tamago is a well done absurd fiction artwork. It's powerful. I just had to let myself be nurtured by read more
Apr 11, 2017
I have always, and likely will always, be someone who observes at least visual mediums like movies at their face value. Essentially, I like to take in and digest visual media armed with nothing but what is presented in the film, and the conclusions I can make from what is shown in the film. When I analyse any film, I like to pull empirical facts from it, and create an abstract from what can be provably described and explained. I dislike when the audience is presented with things that are open to interpretation, and things that are kept intentionally vague or undefined despite being seemingly read more
Nov 26, 2009
Shidira (All reviews)
One name: Mamoru Oshii. Between directing and creating, the man who brought about such great animes as Blood+, Ghost in the Shell, and Urusei Yatsura, this was one title I could not pass up. I went into Angel's Egg expecting something very thought-provoking and, to say the least, was blown away by the depth this anime delved. To state bluntly, those who do not enjoy philosophical thought or anime with little dialogue may want to stop reading now and move on to something else. For those still interested, please read on.

Story: Within the first five minutes, in between the interesting things happening, you are introduced read more
Jun 18, 2015
raber (All reviews)
This movie was incredibly abstract. Any questions you develop during this movie will most likely not be answered. But that's part of the beauty of it. There's very little dialogue, and as such it relies heavily atmosphere, artwork, and music all of which are fantastic. The best was to describe it would be if somebody took a random dream they had, and turned it into a movie. As such, I highly recommend watching it in a dark room.
Feb 23, 2018
PlatinuMan (All reviews)
Angel’s Egg is an experimental film created by Yoshitaka Amano and directed by Mamoru Oshii. The film takes place in a strange abandoned world, where the skeletal remains of animals and murky rivers meet Neo-Gothic structures. The film centers on only two characters – they are, supposedly, the only two alive in this film. One is a pale-skinned, white haired girl, who is fascinated by filling up round flasks with water and who protects an egg with unknown contents. The other is a brown-skinned, white haired boy, who accompanies the girl midway through the film. Not much is known about him, other than that he read more
Jan 10, 2018
AbdEl-Kader (All reviews)
Before talking about the film there are some information about Oshii we should know about.... Oshii in his early life was religious as he studied in a school of priesthood in his youth but he abandoned his beliefs and denied them..

The Angel's Egg reminds me of Tarkovsky's films, which are based on the drawing of paintings of pure cinema. Through these paintings, he depicts his feelings, thoughts and orientations, and what he wants to say
The film is based on slow motion to give the viewer an opportunity to think, analyze and scrutinize so that the spectator will be able to understand the ideas of the read more
Aug 31, 2013
q345 (All reviews)
Tenshi no Tamago is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking films I have ever seen, animated or not. It’s difficult to find the words to explain the movie; the film’s format, like any work of art, seeks to defy definition and to spur the viewer into looking within themselves and discovering their own meaning. That discovery is Tenshi no Tamago’s greatest strength; it compels the viewer to interpret each delicate piece—from each shred of dialogue to every frame of vibrant imagery—in a manner of his or her own choosing. In reading other reviews for this movie, it seems that each viewer uncovers a read more
Dec 3, 2016
BlackDahlia94 (All reviews)
Angel's Egg is truly a piece of art. There is no correct or incorrect interpretation of what is presented. The experience is highly emotional and therefore very subjective to the viewer without any clear indication of what the viewer is to conclude from these emotions. There is a distinct contrast between reality and unreality as well as stark religious symbolism. It is, in essence, a commentary on the emotional journey of each individual through hardship and inquisition.

Story N/A
I can't rate this metric because the story is particularly irrelevant to the message of the film, but rather exists out of convenience.

Art (9/10)
For read more
May 27, 2017
Dudeist_Beach (All reviews)
Short version:
This is a slow-paced art film with a focus on images and ideas (mainly religious ones) rather than narrative. The images are beautiful and the themes are intriguing. If you want a definite message or plot conclusion, this movie will frustrate you; if you like thematically or artistically dense work, you should check it out.

Long version:
Angel's Egg does not feel like an anime. It lacks much of the standard structure of typical storytelling, let alone Japanese storytelling. The best way to describe it is as an “art film”. The resolution of the plot is a subject of debate and there is no definite message read more
Dec 29, 2008
ladyxzeus (All reviews)
"A work of a genius", this was my first thought after watching five minutes of Angel's Egg. "Brilliant", was what I thought after watching ten minutes of the movies. In the end... "I'm glad it's over".

Let's see why, shall we?

The first thing one notices when watching this is the beauty of the art. The scenery is simple, an abandoned town picked up from Dali's memoirs, but extremelly detailed.It remembered me the first works of Disney (vide Fantasia). Then the viewer will notice the characters: this time they shape the story and not otherwise. They are simple but, following the example of the scenery, highly detailed read more
Jul 19, 2008
wontgetschooled (All reviews)
Story: I am actually editing this! Ok so i have just had a long conversation with someone about this, and my opinion has not changed. however i do feel i need to be a little clearer on my opinion.

I found this movie difficult to understand, mostly for the fact that it seems to be saying something deep, which in itself is not a problem. The problem is that what it's saying is so easy to interpret in so many different ways that the actual meaning is lost. As such i dislike the way it presents itself.

It's painfully obvious to me that it's read more