In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?
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.
Texhnolyze and Akira are brilliant futuristic sci-fi capable of captivating any viewer who prefers their anime to be gritty, violent and devoid of compassion whilst able to truly define a doomed hierarchal society and the ultimate fight for survival.
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?
In a dark future, the world is in ruin and everything is slowly crumbling away into dust. Humanity is almost extinct, while robots desperately seek out new parts to replace their rusting bodies. Their only hope for survival is to devour the one known as Casshern… or so they believe. Meanwhile, Casshern himself has lost all memory of his past. Why are these robots attacking him? Did he really kill the one known as Luna; the Sun that was called Moon? And why is he, alone, unaffected and undamaged by the ruin?
The two series, despite their differences, have a key similarity, which only becomes apparent well into the episodes. Both with Casshern Sins and Texhnolyze, the focus eventually shifts to the struggle against the inevitable. Without spoiling anything, I have to say that a great deal of information is required, fully, to understand this and the final, and most important, pieces of the puzzle can only be acquired by concluding the two series. It is safe to say that with a little difference, about 3/5 of the episodes of both titles set the stage.
It is not recommended to attempt to watch either one of the two without the requisite patience and here is a caveat: they accelerate very slowly towards the ultimate conclusion. It is also not recommended to watch an episode a day or even two or three, especially with Texhnolyze. The reason is simply that the intensity of the emotions conjured up would be diminished if not negated altogether.
Provided the above advice is not disregarded, it is more likely than not that the viewer will derive a good degree of pleasure with a bit of emotional masochism of the intellectual variety.
In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?
Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.
Texhnolyze and Key The Metal Idol go deep into the darkness of humanity. Both principal characters don't show much emotion. Both use science fiction elements with different kinds of robots. The stories of the two anime are mature and well done! If you liked one, you'd surely want to watch the other too!