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Japanese: スチームボーイ
English: Steamboy
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 2004
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 2 hr. 6 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 4144341,443 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #26742
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Popularity: #2340
Members: 84,841
Favorites: 158

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In the Victorian era, the British Empire is bustling with the energy of the steam-powered industrial revolution. Following in the footsteps of his famous family of inventors, James Ray Steam enjoys his youth in Manchester helping at local factories and stealing components for his own creations. One day, he receives a package containing a strange ball with an attached valve from his grandfather, who has been working in the United States alongside Ray's father. However, it is not long before people from the O'Hara Foundation storm into his house demanding he hand it over.

Confused and afraid, Ray attempts to flee to the home of his grandfather's colleague, Robert Stephenson, with pursuers hot on his trail. While Ray seeks to piece together the secret of the ball and discover the power it contains, it seems practically everyone in the British Empire is ready to seize it from him.

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Steamboy was initially to be a three 40-minute OVA series, but a theatrical release was decided instead. The movie took nine years to create with a budget of 2.4 billion yen, making it the most expensive Japanese animated film produced for its time. It won the 2004 Best Animated Feature Film at the Sitges Film Festival.

The film was released on DVD in Japan by Bandai Visual on April 14, 2005.

Characters & Voice Actors


Inada, Tetsu



The Admiral

Saka, Osamu

Stephenson, Robert

Kodama, Kiyoshi


Hibi, Aiko


Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Script, Original Creator
Matsumi, Shinichi
Andou, Hiroaki
Episode Director
Takagi, Shinji
Episode Director


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Mar 22, 2009
Steamboy is intended to be one of those grand adventure stories set in fantastical world with pure hearted heroes and nefarious villains. It certainly has high production values and some incredible CGI effects and action. But in the end it fails to really deliver those ambitious goals.

The plot of Steamboy is really nothing all that original. If you've seen any adventure stories before then the overall premise is going to feel very familiar to you. The story centers around the boy Ray Steam, who is an inventor from a family of inventors. After he receives a mysterious package from his ...
Aug 14, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Steamboy is one of the most expensive Japanese animated movies made to date and was in production for nearly ten years. Sadly, they should have put more effort into perfecting the script for this ambitious anime.

The attention to detail sets this anime apart from all others. Each cog and gear are intricately animated in the many inventions in the movie. The architecture of Victorian London is duplicated perfectly. The CGI used was so seamless, I didn't notice. The sound track is grand and befitting of the time period.

The anime has no clear message and is clouded by characters whose purpose is ambiguous. The ...
Nov 6, 2008
Story: The retelling of history has been done many times in various series, it can be fun a lot of times, but Steamboy really dropped the ball this time. Many times actually, Ray just couldn't keep a hold of it. [oh snap, a pun] *ahem* I'm still not really sure what they were trying to do with the story. Apparently the kid's father had some skewed view on science and decided to start a war with Britain. There wasn't much of a lead up to this, it just kind of happened at some point. There are far too many obstacles for Ray. Each time he ...

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