- Trailer: English subtitled version
- What it’s about: History has ended. Humanity has lost all hope in the face of environmental collapse and has retreated underground, pressing farther and farther as the lights go off above. Ura works in the increasingly irrelevant Excavation Department, tracking down and analysing fragments of the lost past, hoping to find something – anything – that frees his mind from the drab monotony.
- Why you should watch it: Pale Cocoon is a brooding, atmospheric work. Despite its short run-time (23min) it draws the viewer into its world with its fantastic animation and its mystery. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing drama, tt really is worth committing a half hour to watching.
- Caveats: The director seems to be trying to emulate Makoto Shinkai, but doesn’t quite have the same toolset. It’s a slow, slightly philosophical work. Not a great deal actually happens.
- Similar works: Patema Inverted. Time of Eve is by the same director and studio and shares a very similar aesthetic. It’s a good deal more upbeat, though.