Robot Carnival

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English: Robot Carnival
Japanese: ロボット・カーニバル


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1987
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: APPP
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-FiSci-Fi, FantasyFantasy, MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 67766,776 users)
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Ranked: #25362
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Popularity: #4007
Members: 18,656
Favorites: 88

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9 of Japan's leading animators were asked to create a short segment that followed the theme of "Robots," for their inclusion in this film. Essentially, this "movie" is 9 short films, all independant of one another. The common element is human interaction with robots, namely the consequences of creating life with one's own hands, played in nine very different ways.

(Source: ANN)

1: Opening (Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo)
2: Franken's Gears (Koji Morimoto)
3: Deprive (Hidetoshi Omori)
4: Presence (Yasuomi Umetsu)
5: Star Light Angel (Hiroyuki Kitazume)
6: Cloud (Mao Lamdo)
7: A Tale of Two Robots (Hiroyuki Kitakubo)
8: Nightmare (Takashi Nakamura)
9: Ending (Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo)


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Characters & Voice Actors




Moritsugu, Kouji


Tomiyama, Kei


Yokoyama, Chisa


Miwa, Katsue


Shiozawa, Kaneto

Walkerson III, Jean-Jacques



Nishio, Toku


Morimoto, Kouji
Co-Director, Director, Character Design, Screenplay
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Umetsu, Yasuomi
Director, Character Design, Key Animation, Screenplay
Kitakubo, Hiroyuki


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Jul 6, 2008
psypher (All reviews)
While simply a series of short films, Robot Carnival really is artisic creativity unbound. Each story in and of itself is an exploration into the various aspects of artifical life forms and various implications thereof. As written by Justin Sevrakis on ANN "The show's credits reads like a whose-who of anime"- and it truly does. I cannot recommend this enough for mecha fans and really anyone who enjoys seeing artists doing what they do best.
Dec 24, 2017
pyroromancer (All reviews)
Robot Carnival is a bunch of smaller pieces that forms a masterpiece.

30 years before Hollywood, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen hawking fear mongered the hell out of AI, these brilliant writers and animators theorize and demonstrate multiple short stories as how the AI/Robot singularity may playout, from beginnings, to present to future and post human worlds.

These films each have their own theme and tone. You might up in deep thinking, dreading, laughing and crying in this one sitting.

Enjoy these short films as they depict the struggles and joys AI/robots will face as they walk the same path as "us."
Nov 11, 2012
Lanternof2814 (All reviews)
I've spent over 30 years watching Anime...I started with Transformers and Robotech in the US. No matter what series I watch, no matter what movie I watch...Robot Carnival is the one that I will always compare them to. When I tell people, particularly those of the "newer" generation of anime fans, what Robot Carnival is about, I simply state, "This is, to me, the anime version of Walt Disney's Fantasia." I have loved this "movie" since the Sci-Fi channel first started in 2001. I wish that whoever holds the Copyright to this gets the stick out of their rear and allows read more
Oct 11, 2015
NotenSMSK (All reviews)
Robot Carnival an anime that before starting I was a little hesitant about. It wasn't the art work or age that worried me (I saw it a year back or so) but the fact that each episode was completely independent and that meant that while some episodes will be mediocre, some will be amazing however regardless, there is no story to look forward to. But then again each episode has a fresh feel to it, and since their length varies from 4 mins to approx 20 mins, we are not wasting too much time experimenting. However these conflicted views were before watching the anime. For read more

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