Ranked #1158


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, Robotic Angel
Japanese: メトロポリス


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 26, 2001
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 49 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.631 (scored by 20,086 users)
Ranked: #11582
Popularity: #1147
Members: 35,482
Favorites: 194
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.


In the great city of Metropolis, severe community structures and prejudice dominate a world where humans and robots live together. Unrest and violence increase with each new day.

Searching for the scientist Dr. Laughton, suspected to violate human rights by trading organs, the Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi arrive at Metropolis. In the scientist's laboratory, Kenichi discovers a girl without any memory of her past life. He decides to help her, so they run away together. His uncle follows him and penetrates the dark secrets of the city to find Duke Red, the man ruling from the shadows. Meanwhile, Kenichi desperately tries to protect the mysterious girl from the people hunting her. However, Duke Red and his adoptive son have their own deep reasons for chasing the girl. These reasons are connected to her true identity and the struggle for the domination of Metropolis...

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors

Imoto, Yuka
Imoto, Yuka
Holmes, Rock
Holmes, Rock
Hige Oyaji
Hige Oyaji
Tomita, Kousei
Tomita, Kousei
Shikishima, Kenichi
Shikishima, Kenichi
Kobayashi, Kei
Kobayashi, Kei


Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Obata, Minako
Obata, Minako
Theme Song Performance

Opening Theme

"Metropolis" by Toshiyuki Honda

Ending Theme

"There'll Never Be Goodbye" by Minako 'Mooki' Obata

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Jul 17, 2014
Let me take a moment to talk about Metropolis. Metropolis was one of the most notable pioneering sci-fi works released back in 1927. It was directed by Fritz Lang and written by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou. The film is a classic of the genre, in spite of some scenes being lost, and every sci-fi fan should watch it. Why do I bring this up when it has nothing to do with anime? Well, back in 1949 Tezuka Osamu, who you may know as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, made a manga inspired by the film, also titled Metropolis. read more
I found this review Helpful
Sep 23, 2015
Metropolis is a 2001 anime film loosely based on Osamu Tezuka's 1949 manga of the same name, which itself has many parallels with director Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1927 science fiction silent film. It's clearly a movie with quite the genealogy but this is no doubt deliberate. It's a film that celebrates its homages too grandly to be chastised as derivative, and by using this unusually vast well of influences it stands out among anime at large and becomes something special. Given the amount of changes from the original manga, perhaps it's less Tezuka who's responsible for the movie's qualities but rather the legendary anime director read more
I found this review Helpful
Nov 3, 2014
Metropolis can be considered a sci-fi giant in the medium, introducing heavily creative ways to show futuristic landscapes and featuring a solid story with great themes and characters. It also proved to be a milestone in sci-fi because of the huge advancements in visuals and futuristic storytelling, and even though the script wasn’t the most successful compliment to the production values, it’s safe to say that Metropolis has cemented itself as a highly important and influential film.

I am however talking about Fritz Lang’s 1925 film “Metropolis” and not of the selected anime movie to which this review is attached to, though upon further examination, it read more
I found this review Helpful
Nov 5, 2012
Metropolis is…a silent film from 1927 by the German director Fritz Lang. It’s set in a dystopian future where some naive teenager tries to overcome the class system to pursue love.

Metropolis is…a manga written in 1949 by Osamu Tezuka. Its similarities to the original film are pretty limited, mainly because Tezuka hadn’t even seen the film when he wrote the manga. He’d only seen a single picture in a magazine and thought it looked pretty rad.

Metropolis is…an anime movie from 2001 that’s loosely based on Tezuka’s manga, but also tries to bring in some plot elements from the original movie. It had an all-star team read more
I found this review Helpful


Anime: Akira
Both films are amazing looking sci-fi action movies that feature sprawling metropolises filled with advanced technology, dangerous scientific experiments and both feature Katsuhiro Otomo as a key staff member. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
Anime: Gunnm
They have a robot girl as the main character. The content is about human life, relationship and two class society. 
reportRecommended by Thompson
Anime: Ghost in the Shell
Both have a similar theme of what makes a human, human. While Metropolis has a few other themes as well, I believe it does this theme even better than GITS. Instead of putting an extreme effort to say "Hey, there's sybolism and/or meaning here" like Ghost In the Shell does throughout the short film, it dawns on you by the end. I find both movies to be incredible and reflective. 
reportRecommended by RebbieChan
Anime: Steamboy
Both are action-adventure movies involving the progress of technology and society. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
Anime: Ginga Tetsudou 999 (Movie)
Both try to break the line that divides humans and robots. "Who am I?" ... both films come off as child friendly at a glance, but certainly have a great deal of depth for older viewers, violence, and other dark elements reminiscent of a lot of classic Disney films. Most importantly both movies are directed by Rintaro and given insane attention to detail when it comes to art, animation, camerawork, and all of that. Expect some breathtaking atmosphere for sure.  
reportRecommended by Echelon
Anime: Casshern Sins
Both are dark remakes of old science-fiction anime, discussing the truth of consciousness through the interactions of robots and humans. They both have a epic, mournful feel to them as well as similar artistic directions (this mainly being updating the artwork without updating the character design).

Also, they both have brief, sudden moments of English lyric songs that are meant to be mournful and emotional but come off to English speakers (at least myself) as completely hilarious.

They are both really great watches-- if you've enjoyed one but haven't seen the other, I'm almost sure you'll like them both. If you  read more 
reportRecommended by shadowcat2323

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Metropolis Episode 1 Discussion
Naruleach - Aug 1, 2009
20 replies by BohemianRhapsody »»
Oct 26, 11:09 AM
its a good one...too.
kisami - Dec 19, 2008
6 replies by BohemianRhapsody »»
Oct 26, 11:07 AM