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Show: Metropolis (2002)  
Review by: Animetique
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My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Metropolis is an adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's 1949 manga turned into an incredibly beautiful epic I had the chance to see in the theater at the 2001 Big Apple Anime Fest. The story is set in a future where both humans and robots live in a segregated society.

A detective, Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi, try to track down a scientist, Dr. Laughton, who is up to something. Apparently, Dr. Laughton was hired by Duke Red to create a robot that could control the world through his tower, Ziggurat. That robot is Tima, but she must be activated before she can control the world. Until then, she meets Kenichi when Duke Red's son Rock blows up Dr. Laughton's lab in attempt to destroy Tima. She and Kenichi manage to escape, and in the process, we are confronted with the robot vs human realities of say Blade Runner and the like. The film takes a more apocalyptic focus when Duke Red isn't so willing to let go of Tima.

Overall, this anime is very well done, though not the most uplifting of films. It's not for everyone.


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

The animation is a blend of simplistic looking, roundish characters with amazing CG backgrounds.


My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

It was interesting - 50's jazz to match the 50's style characters - especially the last scenes to Ray Charles' I Can't Stop Loving You - but I think it worked well...

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

While I wouldn't call the characters particularly memorable, they worked for the piece. Kenichi and Tima act more as siblings embarking on a coming of age, not as a Chobits-like boy who falls in love with his robot girl, as I've seen some people mention. All the characters had a deeper complexity that broke from the typical good guy/ bad guy motif that significantly added to the question of how technology and humanity can be blended in the future.
Last Updated: 2/9/2007
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