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?
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion both played crucial roles in creating a niche for great little philosophical cult anime to come. Both showcase an original science fiction setting that heavily puruses the human psyche and the meaning of life as plot points. Good for people who enjoy a little bit of psychology in their entertainment.
Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.
GITS and Ninja Scroll are both what most people would call serious; they are not really that funny. They both are very violent though, so if you like a serious violent movie every once in awhile, see these movies.
Travel to a world inside a bubble where fantasy and technology mix with one another to form beautiful imagery. In the span of three acts, you’ll swim in the depths with sharks and whales; soar on the winds with alien birds; and run through fields with the creatures that live in harmony with their surroundings. The unique score is combined with stunning CGI and real life footage, gradually laying out the landscape of a world filled with life and beauty.
Did you like the musical sequences set to imagery of Motoko, or the general feel of the soundtrack? If so, you'll probably like Open Your Mind. They're both set to calm animation with music composed by Kenji Kawai, with the same chanting choir as in Ghost in the Shell.
Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
Languidly paced and visually striking forays into the cyberpunk genre; each with a slightly less than obvious plot. Both also feature a key and beautiful moment involving images transposed over a song.