I saw this movie within the past few years. It was an awesome movie but I can't for the life of me remember the name!

Here is what I remember:

  • A boy finds a girl sleeping in a glass pod underwater with thousands of others.
  • He takes her to his village to help her recover. His village is connected by bridges to a dangerous, carnivorous forest on one side, and an industrialized desert on the other side.
  • The boy's father is slowly becoming a tree.

  • It turns out that the girl is from the same civilization, the apocalypse destroyed much of the world, and the people of her city were preserved in pods underwater. She came back to life hundreds of years in the future to a low-tech society.

  • The people of her time used Ribbon (pronounced Ri-BONE) technology in much the same way we use Apple Watches and Google Glass. It's like a cross between a holographic smartphone and a necklace. Or bracelet(?) I forgot.
  • The girl and anyone else who has come back from that time, is viewed as dangerous and is killed by bounty hunters from outside the village. They collect their Ribbons as trophies, but the bounty hunters can't use them because the Ribbon is bound to its user.

Here, the story gets a little fuzzy:

  • The girl ends up riding on a train to the industrial desert city. She is valuable to them somehow.
  • The city has huge steampunk beasts used for war.
  • The boy and girl end up in a volcano base which has mechanical legs and can move.
  • The boy turns into a huge tree to help her escape the volcano.

I really, really liked this movie. Can you tell me what it is?


Origin: Spirits of the Past

I finally Googled "walking volcano anime" and found Origin: Spirits of the Past!

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I kept Googling "ribbon phone", "ribon phone", and kept getting some other anime. I kept thinking it was Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, but the art styles were totally different. Maybe I thought it was a Miyazaki film because of the story's environmental message.

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    @Tamz_m that's a very debatable opinion. I find the story behind it quite appealing - what techniques did the OP use to find it? But I do agree that the answer should be the first line in bold font. The story is an additional goodie. – Michal Jan 12 '16 at 9:34
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    I don't mind knowing how the OP found his answer. It's helpful to know which keywords led to the link being found. If someone doesn't like the process, they are free to ignore it, but asking another person to change their answer to suit the personal preferences of one persons seems a bit presumptuous, imo. – Shantnu Tiwari Jan 12 '16 at 10:32
  • @Tamz_m Other identification-request questions just happen to not mention how they found the anime. Which does not mean we avoid providing that info. I don't see how that reduces the quality of the answer at all. – JNat Jan 12 '16 at 14:59
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    Consider taking this discussion to Meta: Should identification answers be strictly minimal? – Adam Davis Jan 12 '16 at 15:02

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