Set in the 21st century on a recently terraformed Venus, Venus Wars is the story of a war between two opposing nations, and the effect it has on a group of teenagers. Dark and gritty, with an air similar to that of Akira, it focuses on coming of age during the midst of a planet's devastating war.
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.
With a similar mood and a plot line set around war, Akira and Venus Wars are both movies that any anime fan should make a point to see. Though Akira is more widely considered a 'classic,' Venus Wars is one of those hidden gems that you should definitely take the time to find and watch.
You're not likely to find an anime fan who says, "What the hell is Akira?", But Venus Wars is virtually unknown to much of today's anime audience. Both anime feature Biker gang-member characters that end up getting into things that are quite a bit over their heads. The art style, the characters, you can hardly look at one of these anime without thinking of the other. Venus Wars is certainly a diamond in the rough, and while your friends might say, "What the hell is Venus Wars?", any fan of Akira is sure to enjoy it.
The Moon – Earth’s mysterious companion for countless ages, always keeping its dark side hidden from human eyes. It has not stayed hidden forever, as the moon has now been colonized and has a city of its own on the surface. However, something has taken offence at the human incursion – “The Sleeper” is awakening.
The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?
Same feelings, same music style, very 80s and at the same time ahead of its time. The main characters are within the same range of behavior meaning they are doing what they got to do even though they do not really want to in both cases. Some of them would even fit right with each other universe (ie. the reporter or the junkshop owner).
Neither Bubblegum Crisis nor Venus Wars is particularly shy about fanservice, although Bubblegum indulges in it far more often than the coyer Venus Wars. These are two 1980s sci-fi OVA actioners with a side order of pop music and animation that lovingly focuses on technology. Beyond this they don't have a lot of similarity - and Venus Wars takes itself a fair bit more seriously than the often silly Bubblegum - but if you enjoyed whiling the way the hours with one, the other may be worth your time.
In a world dominated by the ultimate family corporation, a man arrives by unusual means in the worst part of the worst city in the world: Tokyo Darkside. His origin is uncertain, his powers unknown, and his motivations obscure. We know only that his purpose is ‘renewal’. Of what? Or whom? This complex and highly symbolic movie will appeal to any who enjoys trying puzzle understanding from fragments. The fights are spectacular, and it does make sense… eventually.
Many years in the future, crime is out of hand. In order keep the city safe, the Tank Police were created. The Tank Police are an elite unit that uses massive tanks to bring criminals to justice, yet many feel they do more damage than they are worth. Leona is a rookie, and within her first few days on the force she is already knee-deep in trouble.
Very much the sense style, same era. It has the racing style of advanced design and the rythm of the music is comparable, it basically has the same soul. These were part of the PFC Manga Video collection in the early 90s to board Europe at the same time.