Ranked #1167


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
Duration: 1 hr. 49 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #11672
Popularity: #1082
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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...

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Adaptation: Metropolis

Characters & Voice Actors

Imoto, Yuka
Imoto, Yuka
Holmes, Rock
Holmes, Rock
Shikishima, Kenichi
Shikishima, Kenichi
Kobayashi, Kei
Kobayashi, Kei
Ham Egg
Ham Egg
Ebara, Masashi
Ebara, Masashi


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

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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
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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
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Jul 16, 2007
Metropolis has a complex story plot. There are several characters and events going on to keep up with. The story focuses more on the characters than the events which is kind of a downfall since this can cause some to get lost on the way. Overall the story is very unique and interesting. The best part out of the whole movie was the ending. I could watch the ending a thousand times.

The character development in Metropolis was appealing. The characters brought the movie alive; they are all one of a kind. Each of them had their own unique looks, styles, and distinctive personalities.

Metropolis is read more
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Jun 25, 2012
Coming from the mind of Ozamu Tezuka and directed by Rintaro, Metropolis is a movie of titanic proportions. It is an ambitious film which applies modern animation techniques to Tezuka classic art style and themes.It is an eye-popping, engaging experience. It also too flawed to achieve true greatness.

The movie takes place in bustling, multi-leveled city of Metropolis, populated by an abundance of people and robots. A celebration is taking place for the building of the of the Ziggurat, a giant tower representing the height of technology. However, not everyone is celebrating, as the working class of the city find themselves in a depressed and read more
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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
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
Both are action-adventure movies involving the progress of technology and society. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
Both of these have a main character that contains a great amount of power but neither of them are aware of it. Both of them find someone that truly care about them and want to keep them in their lives.
I think Metropolis should be given a chance if only because it was made by the godfather of anime. I'm sure that the creation was inspired by the other. 
reportRecommended by LadyTimePiece
A robot child created to represent a dead one.
Created by Osamu Tezuka
Both are somewhat the same
They both have futuristic plots
Both are very good. 
reportRecommended by OceanOfRain
Madhouse is a great studio. Just look at this two movies they made. Vampire Hunter D and Metropolis, in they are so different, yet each have great animation, detailed art style, rich backgrounds, vise use of digital technologies. I think it is something to be praised.

Also both movies have talented directors, Rintaro did Metropolis and Kawajiri did Vampire Hunter. Metropolis came one year after Vampire Hunter, so Madhouse was on a roll back then. 
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Opening Theme

"Metropolis" by Toshiyuki Honda

Ending Theme

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

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