Neo-Tokyo (commonly called Manie-Manie Monogatari) is a collection of three sci-fi stories, based on the stories of Taku Mayumura. "Labryinth Labyrithos", "The Running Man", and "Order To Stop Construction" were directed by Taro Rin, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Katsuhiro Otomo, respectively. Ranging from an abstract demented clown to malfunctioning robots, each of these short stories are sure to entertain.
This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intriguing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
Both Memories and Neo Tokyo are a compilation feature of three very different stories, covering a range of animation and storytelling styles, but with a very high quality of production all around.
Both Memories and Neo Tokyo contain three short movies (which are almost interconnected). Some of them are hard to understand and some of them have no storyline but both anime are fun to watch, and each has a hidden main idea. As there are so many parts I'm sure some of them will please you. Anyways, it's worth watching both anime because the drawing style is unique and really good.
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Although anime like "Neo Tokyo" and "Cat Soup" don't have a clear storyline, these two have something very alike about it. Little cats from "Cat Soup" and a funny cat-like girl with her cat from "Neo Tokyo" (you see, cats dominate everywhere!) travel to some kind of circus and see the amazing, fantastic things that happen in that circus. In "Neo Tokyo" you watch two other short animations in the circus, while in "Cat Soup" you can enjoy watching fantastic animals, amazingly-drawn floods, etc. So they kind of have the same storyline - events in a circus. :)
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.
The English title of Neo-Tokyo is misleading: It does not feature a city of that name, as Akira did, nor is it otherwise connected to the plot or universe of Akira. However, both the second two shorts of Neo-Tokyo and Akira itself feature a striking cyberpunk aesthetic. As Otomo was involved in producing both and directing Akira and the last short in Neo-Tokyo, this design style is very similar to that film. Also, both films feature a consistently dark tone, despite the experimentalism of Neo-Tokyo's first short and the vicious satire of Neo-Tokyo's final short. While obstensibly quite different - and Neo-Tokyo easily being the less accessible of the two - I think fans of one should try the other.
After a miserly man consumes a batch of freshly-fallen cherries (seeds included), he finds himself in a hairy and unfortunate situation - a small cherry tree has sprouted from his balding forehead! With his mountain-like head becoming a tourist attraction, what's a miser to do?
In five beautiful and unique fantasy worlds, five different tales unfold. A young boy worries about his pregnant mother; a mismatched group hunts down a legendary treasure on the Giant’s Isle; and a small village must determine the fate of a giant fallen meteor. These stories and more unwind to a musical backdrop in a world as varied and interesting as the next.