Around 2006 I watched an anime (movie) where this black haired boy goes to rescue this girl from a villain. I don’t remember the girl but I distinctly remember two scenes.
The first is while on his quest to find a boy he stops in a village to help some women work on some form of a press where they pushed with their feet.
The second is at the end where in the climax the boy defeats the villain which I think was a black mass/goo. He wins and there is a bright white light and then he embraces the girl.