Origin: Spirits of the Past

2006 TV-PG 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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Origin: Spirits of the Past

2006 TV-PG 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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In the wake of a large-scale disaster that literally shatters the moon, plants -- not humans -- become the world's most intelligent life forms, until a young boy discovers a mysterious girl who's been in a state of suspended animation for 300 years. Her awakening threatens to disrupt the expansive and long-dominate Forest. Keiichi Sugiyama directs this futuristic anime that explores the delicate interplay between man and his natural environment.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Aoi Miyazaki
  • Carrie Savage
  • Ryo Katsuji
  • Chris Patton
  • Ken'ichi Endô
  • John Burgmeier
  • Masaru Hamaguchi
  • Pam Dougherty
  • Ren Ohsugi
  • Toshikazu Fukawa
  • Robert McCollum
  • Yûko Kotegawa
  • R. Bruce Elliott
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Origin: Spirits of the Past is an anime movie released in Japan in 2006 with a moderate amount of fantasy violence, without blood or death. It does contain some imagery that could feel nightmarish or disturbing to younger viewers. However, the message about learning to live in harmony with nature is a positive one. There's some minor flirting between tween/teen characters. Note: The version available streaming on Netflix is dubbed in English, but viewers who rent or buy the DVD will be able to choose between it and the Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Sexual Content

The characters flirt just a little. The boys seem to agree that the new girl is cute, and they joke around about who's going to get to marry whom.


Moderate fantasy violence including some slightly nightmarish imagery, with occasional bursts of fighting and shooting, without any blood or casualties. The fighting usually involves large machines or big groups. The final battle between one good guy and one bad guy gets a little stranger as the characters gain superpowers, grow tree limbs, and convert themselves into plants.


One use of "hell" and one use of "stupid."

Social Behavior

A strong positive message about the value of humans living in harmony with nature, each working together in conjunction with the other.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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