Watch Origins: Spirit of the Past Full Movie

What Origins: Spirit of the Past lacks in the way of a compelling story, it makes up for it in the way of gorgeous backgrounds, sweeping action sequences, and likable characters with simple, identifiable arcs. As far as first-time feature productions go, studio Gonzo’s is serviceable if unsurprising. The film’s plot is prime mid-’90s JRPG fodder: situated in a post-apocalyptic future in the wake of an ecological disaster, there is an enigmatic young girl from the past who’s inextricably linked to a cure-all mcguffin, an enigmatic antagonist with ambitions of hubristic grandeur, and a courageous youth who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and sacrifice to realize his potential and save the world. Unspectacular though thoroughly competent, Gonzo’s Origins: Spirit of the Past is an entertaining pulpy sci-fi journey flick that makes for an entertaining watch despite its shortcomings.

Director: Keiichi Sugiyama
Writers: Umanosuke Iida, Nana Shiina
Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Aoi Miyazaki, Yûko Kotegawa
Plot Keywords: future | forest | 24th century | volcano | post apocalypse
Genres: Animation | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
Certificate: 12