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Love shows about robots, aliens, space battles and all sorts of weird science and technology? This is the post for you! JADEEYES and I would like to recommend five of our favorite science fiction anime series and movies!
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A crew of bounty hunters that come together in unusual ways. Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein (the genius dog) travel the galaxies in search of bounty, easy job, right? Meanwhile they lead a harsh life day to day, encountering all kinds of issues where refrigerators are empty or full of mystic mushrooms otherwise. In the deeper side of the story, the crew is confronted with their past, and a mysterious man called Vicious has unresolved issues with Spike.
This is a series from 1998. Director Shinichiro Watanabe, together with Keiko Nobumoto (screenwriter); Toshihiro Kawamoto (character designer); Kimitoshi Yamane (mechanical designer); and Yoko Kanno the composer made this anime -often considered to be a masterpiece -possible. What makes Cowboy Bebop so great is not just the story, but more the well written characters, and the amazing original soundtrack that blew the mind even of the music enthusiasts that have nothing to do with the world of animation. As a consequence it received universal critical acclaim; it was also serialized in adult swim for four consecutive years.
This anime is jewel , a must watch for the anime enthusiast. No matter what anyone else says, this is a ride you must experience yourself.
See you in space, Cowboy!
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The story of Ergo Proxy is one dark, abysmal, psychological spiral of… greatness. True, it’s not for everyone, but I always recommend it as it has one of my favorite romantic couples of all times… in anime land.
The plot is set in a futuristic city called Romdeau (any reference to Rome? I think there is something there), shaped like a dome, and completely closed off from the outside world which is in decadence. In Romdeau Re-I Mayer is an inspector for the CIB (Citizen Intelligence Bureau) and she has been given the arduous task of investigating a series of crime which the government believes to have been committed by auto reivs ( a type of android) due to a massive infestation of the virus Cogito (any reference to the Latin phrase Cogito Ergo Sum? yeah totally).
Meanwhile the government is keeping busy with research on an strange being called Proxy, which they believe to hold the key to the survival of mankind. Enter Vincent Law, an immigrant with a mysterious connection to the proxy. After a series of events leading Re-I to Vincent, she sets out to find out more behind the truth of this ‘proxy’ and the origins of Vincent Law, together with the cute Pino, an orphaned auto reiv.
It is directed by Shuku Murase, and the screen play was written by Dai Sato. An unconventional mystery full of philosophical theories, and a strong sense of raison d’etre, Ergo Proxy is not to be missed.
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A fusion of the past with the future sets the world of Last Exile. With incredible CG animation that is guaranteed to seduce you into believing you are also part of this magical world.
In the fictional world of Prester it’s two nations Anatoray, and Disith are separated by the Grand Stream, and are engaged in a constant war overseen by the Guild, a superior faction. Teen pilot Claus Valca and his partner, navigator Lavie Head from the nation of Anatoray are one day given the mission to deliver Alvis Hamilton to the war ship of Silvana; a girl who is believed to hold the secret to the unification of the two big nations. They succeed in their mission, but once aboard the ship, they decide to stay and protect Alvis.
The production team of Blue Submarine Number 6 is behind this incredible story. Director Koichi Chigira, together with Range Murata (character designer) and Mahiro Maeda production designer brought Last Exile to live in 2003. Now I don’t know about you, but I loved Last Exile for its unique setting and romantic drawing style. The music was also part of the magnificent experience that this anime provoked in me when I first watched it.
Last Exile, together with the two previous mentioned anime are my three top sci-fi recommendations of all times. Honorable mention should go to Samurai Seven.
In the 21st century, mankind lives on two worlds. Following the collision of an ice asteroid, massive terraforming has made Venus a planet now capable of supporting life. Colonists from Earth tamed the hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But they also brought the darker side of humanity. Venus is about to get hostile again.
Hiro Seno, a hotshot motorcycle jockey, witnesses the first strike against his country Aphrodia, by the rival nation of Ishtar. Huge battle tanks and warplanes quickly lay waste to the city. The Aphrodian army is quick to mobilize and retaliate… and despite his opposition to warfare, Hiro finds himself fighting for his life on the front lines. (AnimeNfo)
Many, many moons ago, ScyFy channel used to air kick-ass anime form the 80’s and 90’s. Among these were Venus Wars and Iria: Zeiram the Animation. (I will write about Iria in the follow up post)
The movie Venus Wars was released in 1989 and is based on a 4-part manga series. Directed by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (Mobile Suit Gundam and Crusher Joe: the Movie) and written by Sasamoto Yuuichi (Ariel and Mourestu Pirates), this film will satisfy your sci-fi/action needs. It has the colonization of other planets, monobikes (those things are so cool), and action-packed battles involving tanks and warplanes. I love that the story had a touch of romance, but didn’t focus on it too much. It was more about the characters’ struggles during dangerous, unstable times. The plot isn’t new or different, but they did a decent job. The biggest draw in for me was the gritty, 80’s style animation. I love old school anime. If you are like me and enjoy that style, this is the movie for you. Another thing I loved was the soundtrack, it really fit the mood and was fantastic.
Overall, I would recommend this classic to sci-fi fans and anyone curious about older anime.
Blue Submarine No. 6
Ever wonder what would happen if Hitler had access to the big advances in science and technology of the future? Ladies and gentlemen I present to you, Blue Submarine No. 6.
In the distant future, mad scientist Zorndyke is disgusted with the human race and decides their time must come to an end. So what does he do? He decides to wipe out the human race via massive, worldwide flooding to make way for his creations. Unlike like the flood from Noah’s time, this one doesn’t recede… ever. Zorndyke populates this new, massive ocean with his genetically modified, ocean dwelling mutants. These ocean dwelling species are taught to hate the humans and make one massive army bent on eradicating the survivors. Horrible? Yes. Genius? Absolutely.
With whole cities and continents submerged, what’s left of mankind is barely managing to stay afloat. Their only hope for survival is Blue Submarine No. 6 and the rest of the Blue fleet. Will it be enough?
Enter Hayami Tetsu, elite at the Naval Academy. He has struggled with aqua phobia since childhood. One day he saves the life of Mutio, an enemy…
I watched this when it aired on Toonami and was captivated by the story. I might get some flak for saying this, but I would call this mini-series a masterpiece. I enjoyed the design of the enemies’ above-water combat machinery and the underwater submarine battles were awesome. I felt the designs for the mutants were really well thought-out and intriguing. The plot, obviously the plot was the biggest draw for me. It’s like nothing I’ve watched before or since. While it might have been nice to have it last longer, I think they did the smart thing by keeping this series. short. They were able to create this engaging story while avoiding unnecessary filler and keeping the audience glued to the screen. The CGI elements, while considered amazing at the time, pale in comparison to today’s CGI. However, I dont’ think it deters the watching experience. Thirteen years later and I still adore this series.
There are a lot of great series that we would have loved to cover, but we can’t fit them all into this post. Stay tuned for more weird science recommendations as well as other genres we love. ^^