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.
In the town of Cahmphon, an experiment of Dr. Franken's goes terribly wrong, creating a monster called Noiseman. Under heavy oppression, a group of young people rebel against this creation, to save the town, and the sound from being literally vacuumed away.
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?
While it is a short anime within a collection of three, the segment called The Running Man within Neo Tokyo reminds me a great deal of Redline. Both are action oriented and involve racers willing to put their lives on the line in super fast cars to win their respective races. They both also feature a kaleidoscope of color and frenetic pacing that will bedazzle even the most jaundiced fan. With colossal crashes and gigantic explosions, even Michael Bay would be proud.
This collection is comprised of 7 very different and unique stories. This OVA series preaches of intriquing storylines and fantastic artwork, each from a different artist. Each story has a different interpretation or concept about the one theme upon which this collection revolves: Robots. This interesting anime classic has least one story for everyone.
When the cost of taking care of the elderly becomes too high, why not invent a robotic, nuclear powered bed that can take care of them for you? Sounds logical, right? The government thought so too! But when they nominate Mr. Takazawa without his approval as the test subject, they underestimated the determination of his nurse Haruko to step up in his defense. After all, what is a dedicated nurse to do when she suddenly sees her name on every computer screen asking for help and the bed with Mr. Takazawa in it actually transforms, gets up and follows her back home?! Add a lot of police, an angry government agency, a bunch of elderly over-sexed hackers and a trip to the beach and the mayhem is complete!
This recommendation is mainly for the third short in Neo Tokyo, 'Letter to Stop Construction' (though the other two shorts are also worth watching). Both this and Roujin Z are satirical sci-fi stories involving robots going out of control, bureaucrats desperately trying to stop them, and were written by Katsushiro Otomo.
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...