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: 7.231 (scored by 97409,740 users)
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Ranked: #30722
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Popularity: #4305
Members: 26,990
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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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Jul 6, 2008
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
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."
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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