After the third world war, the organization known as the General Management Control Office constructed the city of Olympus – the only place where chaos and anarchy doesn’t hold sway. It seems unthinkable that terrorists are out to disrupt this pristine society, but the threat becomes very real to SWAT officers Deunan and Briareos when their squad mates are killed during a hostage situation. Bent on catching the lone escaped terrorist, they soon find themselves involved in a plot to undermine the whole existence of their Olympus.
Many years in the future, crime is out of hand. In order keep the city safe, the Tank Police were created. The Tank Police are an elite unit that uses massive tanks to bring criminals to justice, yet many feel they do more damage than they are worth. Leona is a rookie, and within her first few days on the force she is already knee-deep in trouble.
The manga that Appleseed and Tank Police are based on are penned by Masumne Shirow, who also wrote Ghost in the Shell. These are both quite fun and feature cute munchkin girls in lead roles. Appleseed in particular is great. Both these shows demonstrate Shirow's preoccupation with mechanised warfare; the pen may be mightier than the sword, but in a tank you're king.
A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
The same person (Masamune Shirow) wrote the manga that both Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell are based upon. If you liked one, chances are that you will like the other.
Both Appleseed and GITS were written by the same guy, and both feature a hot girl as the main character. I prefer the Major in GITS, but Deunan in Appleseed is cute in an 80s kind of way. Appleseed is a little lighter than GiTs, although both are at the pinnacle of animated storytelling
Both of these anime explore the futuristic possiblity and to a certain extent the effects of cybernectic and biological engineering. Also, the artistic work drawn in both of them will feel familiar (they're both done by Shirow Masamune) and this helps you watch one with easy if you enjoyed the artwork. In addition both series portray the events of some sort of agenda that goes against the system.
One year has passed since the Crisis. People have come to believe that peace has been restored, but they were wrong - violence strikes the neighborhood once more and it all seems like a bad case of déja vu: the Boomers are back. But this time, there's something strange about the crime wave - highly advanced computer components are disappearing at the same time. The question is, who is the puppet master behind all this, what does he want, and what is his purpose?
The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?
In the year 2808, criminals are no longer just wasting space in prison cells. The Cyber Police have turned to using these “patrons” by giving them a choice. Their sentence, or to work with them to catch other criminals and knock some years off their sentence. But getting off easy isn't, as each criminal is fitted with booby trapped collar that operates on a 24 hour cycle, stopped ONLY if they capture their intended targets. As time runs out on each case, someone's head must roll... the target's, or their own!
Both of these older anime are set in a futuristic metropolis and both follow characters belonging to a police force of sort. If older action and cyberpunk anime are your thing then check these out.