The Mystical Laws is an apocalyptic anime fantasy that is made by Ryuho Okawa, founder of a religion called Happy Science. It is entered in the Oscar race for animated film. Happy Science incorporates the teachings of Jesus, Muhammad, Confucius and Buddha.
The movie is set in 202X and is about the looming destruction of Earth by the Godom Empire led by Tathagata Killer. They face little resistance. Even the United States is helpless even if it gets Mystical Technology supplied by the beautiful Chan Leika, CEO of a mysterious trading firm.
Earth’s hope is Sho Shishimaru, who is part of the mystical organization called Hermes Wings. He is hailed by Indian monks as the reincarnation of Buddha. The same claim is made by the movie’s executive producer Okawa. His organization is disguised as a medical service.
In order to win against the invaders, he goes on a spiritual journey. He learns the secret of the empire but is caught by them. He is set to be executed live with the whole world watching.
The Mystical Laws’s climax is an apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil. It is easy to see who the evil ones in the movie are. The Godom Empire uses a swastika and inspired by Karl Marx. Director Isamu Imakake could have made the movie more bearable but instead we get an endlessly complex mumbo-jumbo with a screenplay credited to The Mystical Laws Scenario Project. The animation is not impressive and reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons.
If Ryuho Okawa made Mystical Laws as a recruitment tool for his organization, he must go back to the drawing board. It is tedious to watch and would leave you wishing you haven’t seen it in the first place. It is not your typical Japanese anime that can be entertaining even if it’s weird. It is a religious propaganda and might head to the exit before it ends.