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: 7.221 (scored by 97969,796 users)
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Ranked: #31612
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Popularity: #4334
Members: 27,162
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors




Moritsugu, Kouji


Tomiyama, Kei


Miwa, Katsue


Yokoyama, Chisa


Shiozawa, Kaneto


Nishio, Toku

Walkerson III, Jean-Jacques



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


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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 ...
Sep 3, 2020
If you know someone who might get into anime, short film anthologies are a good suggestion. It's not a whole series they may abandon if it's not their thing, it introduces several visual and directorial styles, and they're just enjoyable. And Katsuhiro Otomo brings together some of the best in the business every time.

Robot Carnival is something I added a few months ago, and I really enjoyed the selection here. You get several experimental pieces, some of which tell a story completely free of dialogue, which always amazes me. It is an older collection but certainly classic, I'd compare ...
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 ...

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