Robot Carnival

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Japanese: ロボット・カーニバル
English: Robot Carnival
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1987
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: APPP
Source: Original
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.241 (scored by 89028,902 users)
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Ranked: #29052
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Popularity: #4226
Members: 25,038
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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




Tomiyama, Kei


Moritsugu, Kouji


Yokoyama, Chisa


Miwa, Katsue


Shiozawa, Kaneto

Walkerson III, Jean-Jacques



Nishio, Toku


Morimoto, Kouji
Co-Director, Director, Screenplay, Character Design
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Script, Storyboard
Umetsu, Yasuomi
Director, Screenplay, Key Animation, Character Design
Nakamura, Takashi
Director, Character Design, Screenplay


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Sep 6, 2023
I would recommend simply because of the animation. The animation is great and the music is sweet too, no doubt because it's done by Joe Hisaishi. Most of the episodes are weak in terms of storytelling, but make up for it in animation and style. The best stories, however, are definitely "Presence" and "A Tale of Two Robots" though, if you ask me. "Presence" is very interesting and unique, while "A Tale of Two Robots" is pretty funny. "Cloud" is perhaps the weirdest episode out of the bunch. I didn't get it, and while the visual style was unique, it felt pretty out of place ...
Feb 3, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Robot Carnival is an anthology film featuring nine shorts. They are all well animated and have amazing visuals. I personally found the first half more enjoyable than the second but this is largely subjective. The individual narratives of the films are decent, but it's obvious that the main focus was on the animation. Robot Carnival is unique. It's hard to recommend to anyone who enjoys complex characters and stories. But for anyone who just loves raw animation and visual talent this OVA is a no brainer. If you're on the fence, Robot Carnival is definitely worth the watch ...
Apr 2, 2023
Found Robot Carnival through Katsuhiro Otomo and his intro is the only good thing I can point here, with a very Monty Python-esque kinda humor, but it doesn't save the couple of no-brainer damsel in distress action stories, the poor symbolism music videos (although Nakamura's one was kinda entertaining, with that 40s cartoon feeling) and the cheesy and poor attempts on comedy (Morimoto's not that bad though, just too aged, more for a Chaplin's audience perhaps). I forced myself to keep watching through the whole thing because it's short stories, who knows next one might be good? ... I was wrong...

I'm surprised by how praised ...

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