Metropolis

Alt title: Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis

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Akira

Akira

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.

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sothis sothis says...

Akira has the same post-apocalyptic feel as Metropolis, and the same sort of ideas. A technology has been created that may very well threaten mankind, and is being used for less than human purposes.

spacecowboy spacecowboy says...

As Metropolis is spectacular, Akira is intriguing. Both these great animated features really set the milestone for anime. Both have compelling, intriguing and bewildering narratives while sticking with great traditional character animation. Akira has beauty, power, mystery and above all a relentless story line that will keep you on the edge. Images from both these films will stay with you forever.

kakashihatake kakashihatake says...

If you liked one you would like the other, both the characters Tima 'Metropolis' and Tetsuo 'Akira' are both going through their own personal problems. Both anime have elements of love for the charcters and their own problems. Akira has a very admireable view in its story line as everyone has their own part to play. Metropolis also has this feel to its story line, allowing all the charcters to take their own path.

Both are very emotional in their story and are sure to make you want to watch again, i highly recommend both anime as they are a great duo to watch.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both will leave you absolutely dumbfounded by their equally intelligent approach to the sci-fi genre. Metropolis and Akira manage to successfully explore man's destructive nature whilst packed to the brim with violence and chaotic imagery amidst an emotional rollercoaster of a storyline.

Coryne17 Coryne17 says...

Katsushiro Otomo? Check. Sprawling multi-faceted and startlingly realised dystopian city-scapes? Check. Themes of what it means to be alive and choosing your destiny? Check. Epic, apocolyptic storyline. Check! While differing in artistic and musical styles and overall tone, these two masterpieces practically go hand in hand.

EatStatic EatStatic says...

As well as having the same director, Katsuhiro Otomo, they both have a very similar feel in production quality and atmosphere.

Both films are well worth watching in there own right, regardless of whether you liked the other or not, but if you do like one then theres a bigger chance you'll like the other too!

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Battle Angel Alita is another story of human looking robots. It's a bit different than Metropolis but this also deals with the slum and the over class.

Asgorath Asgorath says...

While both shows differ in animation style and execution of their respective stories, there are a lot of similarities that might appeal to you if you enjoy one or the other.

Both stories deal with a young female robot having to come to terms with her existence and discover her place in life. Battle Angel Alita, as the title already suggests, focuses more of action and combat, while Metropolis focuses more on the psychological effects.

Both anime also offer you a setting in which there are various classes of human beings having to adapt. There is a struggle between the normal regular people and the upper class. And in both cases the main charcters get heavily involved in this struggle.

Metropolis does offers more "mental" substance, whereas Battle Angel Alita offers you more action.

TheGiftedMonkey TheGiftedMonkey says...

Mechanical girls trying to fit into a mixed world of man and machine. Both seek out what they were truly built for and end up finding a new unexpected emotion, love.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

Both anime are set in a futuristic society where androids are commonplace. Both anime explore the emotions of an android and what it means to be human rather than artificial. There is also a similar theme regarding the upper and lower class citizens. While Battle Angel Alita is darker in tone, if you liked one then check out the other.

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both Battle Angel Alita and Metropolis deal with a world where society is split into a lower world and an upper world. They both feature a a young girl as a main character that's trying to fit in the world they have ended up in.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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sothis sothis says...

Another thought riveting movie about the benefits and drawbacks of cyborgs in society.

Rar Rar says...

It's very interesting to watch Ghost and Metropolis one after the other, for two very different takes on essentially the same issue – the growing influence of technology on society. The slick cyberpunk edge of Ghost is rather different from the stylised dystopia of Metropolis, but it's surprising how far they do coincide beyond that.

keroloth keroloth says...

Both Movies focus on the most popular thought these days "Are robots more human than we are?". They both have great action, good mysteries and they both make you think... "What makes me human?". And aa you all know everyone is different, and as well as there are soulless humans, there are also robots with soul. I recommend watching them both, especially since "Metropolis" is loosely based on a great Movie of the same title, and... well... you can't neglect the artistic values of Ghost in the Shell.

Hope you enjoy watching them :)

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these movies focus pretty heavily on the concept of consciousness. What does it mean to be human? Can robots/androids be sentient too?

Wonderful Days

Wonderful Days

Surrounded by water and a world of pollution, oppression, and never-ending rain, the city of ECOBAN feeds off of the surrounding pollutants to sustain life on this seemingly last continent on earth. Shua, a man thrown out of the city, misses the blue sky and now fights to cast down light on this cloud covered island, while uncovering figures from his past.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Do you like wonderful animations and good graphics? Wonderful days is one of the newer anime who is 3D animated and mixed with celshading. Usually it doens't look good but trust me this does. Exactly like Metropolis does. The story is abit different though and doesn't have that much incommon. But the polis story and law breakers is still there. It's deffinitly the same genre. So if you enjoyed watching Metropolis check this one out!

VRDave VRDave says...

Both of these anime take place in a city that is run by corrupt rulers (typical story I know!), but each has a hero that will impact society, or at least try. the effects and visuals are overwhelming in both of these anime, be sure not to miss them.

caweman caweman says...

These movies both draws you inside, stir something up inside you and leave you with a somewhat sad feeling at the end. Not that they have much in common besides that but still realy something to watch if you liked the other

aritentd aritentd says...

Sci-fi about an upheaval of oppressed class mingled with a somewhat tragic love story, that is what Wonderful Days and Metropolis have in common. Although using a bit different visual style, they both look pretty impressive.

If you have enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.

Steamboy

Steamboy

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...

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cameronanimeangel cameronanimeangel says...

Metropolis is a movie that will make you think not just with your brain but also with your heart, same as goes with Steamboy. Both movies share a unique flare of the past and the future. In Steamboy they think of the past as what would happen if some of the future was brought forth in the Victorian Era. Such as using steam in more ways than in just manufacturing and locomotion. While in the case of Metropolis it is what do humans and robots share in common. Do robots have emotions and hearts or are they just machines that are to be used by humans? What connects the two movies are not just their unique flare but their animation style. Steamboy is done by the people that did Akira while Metropolis is comes from Dr. Tezakua. Also what connects them is their main characters both are young men falling in love for the main female. If you like unique animation style and romance then you should watch either one of these good movies.

ThePatches ThePatches says...

These stories both examine the pitfalls of unchecked technological process through the vehicle of interpersonal relationships.

In addition, Metropolis and Steamboy culminate in exquisite action sequences surrounding the heroics of one plucky hero.

Dustspirit Dustspirit says...

I found both to be boring in similar ways.  They were both about morality and technology.  Metropolis seemed a tad bit eerier to me though.

Astro Boy (2003)

Astro Boy (2003)

After a horrific car crash, Dr Tenma lost his beloved son Tobio. Out of grief, he built a robotic son named Astro as a replacement; but soon after, Dr Tenma had the boy deactivated and put into a deep sleep. In the present, the scientist Dr O'Shea finds Astro and risks everything to reactivate him, train him to be a hero of justice, and raise him to be a functioning member of society. Amidst the prejudice of humanity, the pacifistic Astro will promote peace, battle the forces of injustice, and attempt to bridge the gap between humans and machines.

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HaruhiNinja HaruhiNinja says...

Both these shows were the creation of Osamu Tezuka - in fact, the original Metropolis manga produced in the 40s was a prelude to themes and philosophies he would latter develop in the wildy popular Astro Boy corpus of work. 

The main (robot) protagonists, Astro (Tobio) and Tima, both have similar backgrounds: they are built as 'replacements' for lost relatives by their creators, they are both 'cutting edge' in terms of AI, blurring the line between humans and robots. Both robots were also created to serve a 'higher purpose' for their creator which serves as a central plot point.

The artstyle remains faithful to the Tezuka style, and his 'star system' (where characters are not restricted to certain series, but 'act' in multiple, unrelated stories - provide cameos if you will) is in place. Duke Red, Rock, Boon and many more of Tezuka's characters make appearances in both Metropolis and Astro Boy.

In short - same creator, same themes, same characters - subtle differences in approach and story.

*Recommendation for the 2003 Astro Boy series as this one follows Tezuka's concept more closely than the 60s and 80s series.

ferengi4 ferengi4 says...

Both are about robots that look like humans in a world where robots are really liked all that much and treated as tools or machines then as things with feelings. Both have a cheery start but both have darker sides and some really sad scences. Both are great older animes that I grew up watching

miko miko says...

just about any astroboy can put into effect here, but both are based off the mecha idea, just opposite genders.

Key the Metal Idol

Key the Metal Idol

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.

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lantis lantis says...

Both odd and forboding tales of the near future, Key the Metal Idol and Metropolis share interesting views into technology, society, and the way people perceive machines and progress. You won't have a hard time liking both, if either.

ofall ofall says...

Tima and Key are both more powerful than their naive selves could ever imagine, and because of that, they are being persued by powerul, evil men who want that power. Also, you're never a hundred percent sure what they are! Are they human, robot, or something in between?

Armitage III Poly-Matrix

Armitage III Poly-Matrix

The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Armitage - Polymatrix is another story of human looking robots. I like Armitage way better than Metropolis since it got more story. I'm sure you will like it alot too.

kilrothi kilrothi says...

Both Armitage and Metropolis have female humanoid robots as the main characters in a future not so far from our own, but there the similarities end. Armitage is a willful, rough and tough warrior, while Tima is timid and helpless for most of the movie.

Appleseed Movie

Appleseed Movie

In a world where mankind is at the brink of destruction, one lone scientist has concocted the means to save it: bioroids. These artificial humans coexist with humans in the city of Olympus, under the watchful eye of the supercomputer Gaia -- to stabilize society. The military strongly opposes their use, however, and the elite soldier Deunan may hold the key to saving both the human race and the lives of the bioroids. Teamed up with an old friend, Briareos, Deunan must race against the clock to discover the secret of the Appleseed before countless lives are tragically lost...

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MonkeyZerg MonkeyZerg says...

Both Metropolis and Appleseed explore futures where technology and scientific advance radically affects humanity and people's outlook on moral and ethical issues.

fiola fiola says...

Both, Appleseed and Metropolis have superb animation and music, both are cyberpunk movies that also have social and ethical themes.

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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Kensai Kensai says...

Jin Roh is like a similar but darker version of Metropolis. They're both soaked in that sad atmosphere which also makes them so good.