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 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 intrigueing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
This is mainly a recommendation for the second short of Memories, 'Stink Bomb' (though all three are worth a look). Each of these are satirical science fiction stories where a fool inadvertendly causes a great deal of destruction when affected by a technology he doesn't understand.
This is more of a recommendation for the third story within Memories, 'Stink Bomb'. Like Roujin Z, Stink Bomb describes how a new invention goes wrong and ends up rampaging through Japan, bringing destruction both massive and hilarious. While Roujin Z was hit and miss with its comedy and largely limp in action, Stink Bomb delivers these things with aplomb. Both are both Otomo works in spirit, albeit directed by other people, so expect a similar had sci fi feeling.
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.
At first glance it seems a bit odd to recommend Akira if you enjoyed Roujin Z or to recommend Roujin Z if you enjoyed Akira. Let me be 100% honest: the stories have nothing in common.
Originally when Roujin Z came out it was (at least in Europe) advertised as being the movie to watch if you liked Akira - mainly due to some of the same people being involved in both movies.
If you look a bit deeper at both movies, though, it does make some sense. The feel, in a way, is the same, and the animation for sure has some points that feel identical. This recommendation is based more overall on a feeling then anything else, however. After all, Akira is dead serious and Roujin Z is a comedy.
In the year 2034, two years after Major Motoko Kusanagi abruptly left Section 9, Togusa now leads the members of the elite counter cyber-terrorism team. After a hostage crisis, a mysterious ultra-wizard class hacker known only as the "Puppet Master" uncovers a vast conspiracy that leads to even the highest levels of government. When Kusanagi suddenly reappears, even the members of Section 9 begin to suspect that she may be in league with the mysterious "Puppet Master". Can Section 9 learn to trust the Major again before time runs out?
Although separated by 15 years in production date, Solid State Society and Roujin Z share a central theme in addressing the problem of Japan's aging population, and their use of cyberpunk tropes to tell their stories. Whereas SSS is a more typical Ghost in the Shell production and focuses on the detective and action side of things, however, Otomo's script for Roujin Z is a lot more concerned with telling a personal story about one old man, and is at time comic, prefering to imagine Japan's bureaucrats' failings as those of conceit rather than conspiracy.
With different takes on the same issue, both anime raise some troubling questions, and despite their individual narratives offering closure, neither offers complete answers, or paints the problem in black and white.
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 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.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
In the near future, technology goes wrong (with bizarre and surreal results), and the agendas of those developing it are partly to blame. With strong female heroines facing adversity and insanity, Roujin Z and Paprika are surprisingly similar.