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Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Metropolis 1949 TBD
Name Role
Yasuhiro NAKURA Character Design
Rintaro Director
Toshiyuki HONDA Music
Osamu TEZUKA Original Manga Creator

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Metropolis Pantha 7/10 Nov 10, 2007
Metropolis VivisQueen 6.5/10 Aug 27, 2007

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Metropolis Rbastid 5/10 Jan 27, 2013
Metropolis roriconfan 4.5/10 Aug 7, 2012
Metropolis MajinCooler27 8.3/10 Oct 7, 2011
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  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1988

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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Akira has the same post-apocalyptic feel as Metropolis, and the same sort of ideas. A technology has been created that may very well threaten mankind, and is being used for less than human purposes.
As Metropolis is spectacular, Akira is intriguing. Both these great animated features really set the milestone for anime. Both have compelling, intriguing and bewildering narratives while sticking with great traditional character animation. Akira has beauty, power, mystery and above all a relentless story line that will keep you on the edge. Images from both these films will stay with you forever.

If you liked one you would like the other, both the characters Tima 'Metropolis' and Tetsuo 'Akira' are both going through their own personal problems. Both anime have elements of love for the charcters and their own problems. Akira has a very admireable view in its story line as everyone has their own part to play. Metropolis also has this feel to its story line, allowing all the charcters to take their own path.

Both are very emotional in their story and are sure to make you want to watch again, i highly recommend both anime as they are a great duo to watch.


Both will leave you absolutely dumbfounded by their equally intelligent approach to the sci-fi genre. Metropolis and Akira manage to successfully explore man's destructive nature whilst packed to the brim with violence and chaotic imagery amidst an emotional rollercoaster of a storyline.


Katsushiro Otomo? Check. Sprawling multi-faceted and startlingly realised dystopian city-scapes? Check. Themes of what it means to be alive and choosing your destiny? Check. Epic, apocolyptic storyline. Check! While differing in artistic and musical styles and overall tone, these two masterpieces practically go hand in hand.


As well as having the same director, Katsuhiro Otomo, they both have a very similar feel in production quality and atmosphere.

Both films are well worth watching in there own right, regardless of whether you liked the other or not, but if you do like one then theres a bigger chance you'll like the other too!

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Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.

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Battle Angel Alita is another story of human looking robots. It's a bit different than Metropolis but this also deals with the slum and the over class.

While both shows differ in animation style and execution of their respective stories, there are a lot of similarities that might appeal to you if you enjoy one or the other.

Both stories deal with a young female robot having to come to terms with her existence and discover her place in life. Battle Angel Alita, as the title already suggests, focuses more of action and combat, while Metropolis focuses more on the psychological effects.

Both anime also offer you a setting in which there are various classes of human beings having to adapt. There is a struggle between the normal regular people and the upper class. And in both cases the main charcters get heavily involved in this struggle.

Metropolis does offers more "mental" substance, whereas Battle Angel Alita offers you more action.


Mechanical girls trying to fit into a mixed world of man and machine. Both seek out what they were truly built for and end up finding a new unexpected emotion, love.


Both anime are set in a futuristic society where androids are commonplace. Both anime explore the emotions of an android and what it means to be human rather than artificial. There is also a similar theme regarding the upper and lower class citizens. While Battle Angel Alita is darker in tone, if you liked one then check out the other.

Wonderful Days

Wonderful Days
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2003

Surrounded by water and a world of pollution, oppression, and never-ending rain, the city of ECOBAN feeds off of the surrounding pollutants to sustain life on this seemingly last continent on earth. Shua, a man thrown out of the city, misses the blue sky and now fights to cast down light on this cloud covered island, while uncovering figures from his past.

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Do you like wonderful animations and good graphics? Wonderful days is one of the newer anime who is 3D animated and mixed with celshading. Usually it doens't look good but trust me this does. Exactly like Metropolis does. The story is abit different though and doesn't have that much incommon. But the polis story and law breakers is still there. It's deffinitly the same genre. So if you enjoyed watching Metropolis check this one out!
Both of these anime take place in a city that is run by corrupt rulers (typical story I know!), but each has a hero that will impact society, or at least try. the effects and visuals are overwhelming in both of these anime, be sure not to miss them.
These movies both draws you inside, stir something up inside you and leave you with a somewhat sad feeling at the end. Not that they have much in common besides that but still realy something to watch if you liked the other

Sci-fi about an upheaval of oppressed class mingled with a somewhat tragic love story, that is what Wonderful Days and Metropolis have in common. Although using a bit different visual style, they both look pretty impressive.

If you have enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell
  • Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
  • 1995

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?

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Another thought riveting movie about the benefits and drawbacks of cyborgs in society.
It's very interesting to watch Ghost and Metropolis one after the other, for two very different takes on essentially the same issue – the growing influence of technology on society. The slick cyberpunk edge of Ghost is rather different from the stylised dystopia of Metropolis, but it's surprising how far they do coincide beyond that.

Both Movies focus on the most popular thought these days "Are robots more human than we are?". They both have great action, good mysteries and they both make you think... "What makes me human?". And aa you all know everyone is different, and as well as there are soulless humans, there are also robots with soul. I recommend watching them both, especially since "Metropolis" is loosely based on a great Movie of the same title, and... well... you can't neglect the artistic values of Ghost in the Shell.

Hope you enjoy watching them :)


  • Movie (1 ep x 126 min)
  • 2005

As London prepares for the first World Expo, the young Ray Steam receives a package containing the Steam Ball, a small and incredibly powerful engine containing hyper-pressurized steam. Developed by Ray’s father and grandfather in America under the supervision of (and funded by) the O’Hara Foundation, the Steam Ball could prove to be an asset to civilization or a great danger. But after Ray finds out that the Steam Ball must not fall into the O’Hara Foundation’s hands, he sets forth on a mission to keep the item safe and away from those who would use it to fuel a brutal war...


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Metropolis is a movie that will make you think not just with your brain but also with your heart, same as goes with Steamboy. Both movies share a unique flare of the past and the future. In Steamboy they think of the past as what would happen if some of the future was brought forth in the Victorian Era. Such as using steam in more ways than in just manufacturing and locomotion. While in the case of Metropolis it is what do humans and robots share in common. Do robots have emotions and hearts or are they just machines that are to be used by humans? What connects the two movies are not just their unique flare but their animation style. Steamboy is done by the people that did Akira while Metropolis is comes from Dr. Tezakua. Also what connects them is their main characters both are young men falling in love for the main female. If you like unique animation style and romance then you should watch either one of these good movies.


These stories both examine the pitfalls of unchecked technological process through the vehicle of interpersonal relationships.

In addition, Metropolis and Steamboy culminate in exquisite action sequences surrounding the heroics of one plucky hero.


I found both to be boring in similar ways.  They were both about morality and technology.  Metropolis seemed a tad bit eerier to me though.