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Ross and Armitage are now living on Mars with their daughter, Yoko. Their peace is interrupted when a riot involving the Thirds takes place -- alerting Armitage to the possibility that someone is trying to manufacture them yet again. After discovering the truth, she must fight not only for her life, but for Ross and Yoko's as well.
In a time where hover cars reign supreme and wheeled vehicles are a thing of the past, one group of dedicated speedsters aim for the ultimate goal: to compete in the notorious "Redline" race. In a no-holds-barred battle where anything goes from nitro boosters to all-out warfare and dirty tactics, competitors must be prepared for anything. Having lost out in the qualifying Yellowline race, "Sweet" JP finally gets the chance to participate in Redline as a substitute. However, with his car requiring a total rebuild, the Roboworld government using all their military might to prevent the race from happening, and host of the universe’s best racers – including the beautiful Sonoshee Maclaren – to contend with, can JP go for glory and take the checkered flag?
The recommendation here is chiefly for the short "World Record". Both "World Record" and Redline were directed by Takashi Koike, and have a very similar look - angular, ugly bodies, and the like. Each also involve a protagonist pushing himself to the limit to suceed in a sporting event in a science fiction future which presents more than a few complications. Redline far exceeds "World Record" in animation, but if you liked one, the other is probably worth a look.
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
You will like one if you like the other, both involve Sci-Fi aspects as well as machine sentience, where Animatrix emphasises the worst possible outcome being the war between man and machine, Time of Eve focuses on the relationships between man and machine if machines were able to achieve free will.
Four touching and intriguing stories are set to a backdrop of different songs: a futuristic cop patrols the streets to fight against crime; a girl experiences an out-of-this-world vision of the world after ingesting a variety of pills; a badass battling chick fights her way to happiness and manages to stoke the flame of love; and two lovers meet and exchange a beautiful rose.
Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart.
You want rotoscope action don't you?
Yes, you are a fan of different looking and often unique animation styles. (No Moe for you)
Well here you go.
Animatrix utilizes several types of animation, including one short called Kid's Story. Both Flowers of Evil and this in particular short use Rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is where live acion frames are traced over to produce a animated effect)
If you want to check titels based on anime techniquies not used as much in anime, you could check out either of these titles.
Animatrix also employs Cg animation, and high quality 2D. Aku No Hana, more or less is a work in progress for using a more unshaded rotoscoping.