Metropolis – Anime Worth Watching!

Posted on 09. Oct, 2010 @ 9:49 am by in Media, Movies Views: 4,076

Continuing my Japanese movie binge I’m moving on to a classic Japanese Animated movie – Metropolis.

Metropolis was made in 2002, but is based on a 1949 manga by Tezuka Osamu of AstroBoy fame, and it really shows – in a good way. This is a great movie with slick animation and surprisingly awesome music. Let me describe the music by simply saying, it’s got Ray Charles. Okay I’ll say more. The music is all classy New Orleans style Jazz, which really has an out of place, yet extremely refreshing feel when set against the film’s futuristic backdrop.

The plot for this Anime really reminded me of one of the stories in Animatrix if I’m remembering correctly… Anyway, without giving too much away, Metropolis is set in a future where humans and robots work side by side… but tensions rise and there is an underground movement of humans bent on destroying the robots who have been taking jobs away from the humans. Sound familiar? Well, Tezuka Osamu put this story together in 1949, so he probably got there first.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen this already it’s definitely worth a look.

Enjoy!

- Harvey

  • Casper

    Not sure if you know that Tezuka Osamu’s manga was based on the 1927 German film of the same name, by Fritz Lang and it’s been rereleased just this year in a more complete version. I’m sure you’ll be able to see the basis of many Sci-Fi stories and art if you check out the trailer – http://www.kino.com/metropolis/

    • http://www.japannewbie.com harvey

      Wow actually I didn’t know that! I’ll have to get my hands on that German film and watch that as well. Thanks for the heads up!!!

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