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Roujin Z


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Elderly Person Z, Old Person Z
Japanese: 老人Z

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 1991
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.161 (scored by 3,907 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #28032
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3081
Members: 9,313
Favorites: 15
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

The Z Project was intended to give the new generation a break from caring for the old. The original intenion was to create a machine to care for them without any intervention. At first glance, it looked like an excellent plan, and many of the younger generation approved of its application. But when old Mr. Takazawa become the test subject for the Z-001 machine, Haruko questioned both the tactics of the hospital and the moral implications of the machine. This is just the beginning, as Haruko has not just the hospital, but the odds against her. But then, she discovers an odd quirk about the machine: it uses a biochip, and it eventually acquires a mind of its own!

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Background

Roujin Z won the Mainichi Film Award for animation in 1991.

Characters & Voice Actors

Takazawa, Kijuro
Takazawa, Kijuro
Main
Matsumura, Hikojiro
Japanese
Matsumura, Hikojiro
Terada, Takashi
Terada, Takashi
Main
Ogawa, Shinji
Japanese
Ogawa, Shinji
Mihashi, Haruko
Mihashi, Haruko
Main
Yokoyama, Chisa
Japanese
Yokoyama, Chisa
Old Man A
Old Man A
Supporting
Saikachi, Ryuuji
Japanese
Saikachi, Ryuuji

Staff

Kitakubo, Hiroyuki
Kitakubo, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Script, Mechanical Design
Tanaka, Tatsuyuki
Tanaka, Tatsuyuki
Storyboard, Layout
Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Layout, Planning, Key Animation


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Archaeon
Dec 12, 2008
Roujin Z is a futuristic, satirically funny, morality tale written by the reknowned Otomo Katsuhiro, more well known for the classic manga and anime Akira. The movie was directed by Kitakubo Hiryuki (Blood: The Last Vampire, Black Magic M-66), and received a great degree of critical acclaim, partly because it was written by Otomo Katsuhiro, but mainly because it was a movie that showed how anime was able to deal with themes that conventional filmmakers would find extremely difficult to cope with, especially given the time of it's release.

The story is set in the 21st century, and opens with the alarming news that there are read more
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KUNYIT
Jul 29, 2016
Story: 9 (this is not shallow. this is not lack of development. this is parsimonious model of story)
Art: 9 (i like the art, animation, and pale color...typical old anime style)
Sound: 5 (not so engaging, but that's okay)
Character: 7
Enjoyment: 9
Overall: 10

When coming to Mecha, often i see similar theme that was either wars between parties involved to get limited resources or protecting their home from evil darkness. This theme was okay for us at appropriate amount but human being cannot accept this amount when it exceed the inflection point where, after that point, the level of enjoyment becomes gradually decreasing. Unfortunately, back from the history of read more
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Luquillo
Jul 4, 2015
Growing tired and frustrated with caring for the elderly simply because it's cost demanding and physically taxing. The government plans on putting to action "Project Z". They build a supercomputer dubbed Z-001, which is in the form of a bed that is linked to a persons brainwaves, and in theory provides all of the essential needs to care for them, which sounds like a great idea. However, it's devoid of the caring emotion that one needs from other people. Their first unwilling patient is Mr. Takazawa. The nurse caring for him named Haruko is uneasy about his situation, and she attempts to free him but read more
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Boltz
Oct 23, 2011
Roujin Z is a very imaginative and unique anime, unlike any other you've ever seen. If we take our elders from the loving hands of human beings and tug them under computer supervision, there are bound to be some unforeseen consequences. But I bet you never in your life could have imagined a computer nursing bed, turning into a self-upgrading mecha xD. The sole idea of it is incredibly hilarious!

In this satirical tone Katsuhiro Otomo(director of Akira) sets out to discuss the ever incresing problematic of aging population, which is even more actual today, than it was 20 years ago, when Roujin Z came to read more
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