Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Producer: Haruki Kadokawa
Writer: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Masao Maruyama, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Rintaro
Cast: Hiroshi Ôtake, Yû Mizushima, Kazumi Tanaka
Running Time: Min
Plot: Before X, before Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, before Akira, there was Neo Tokyo, a fine blend of high-end animation and artistic expression, as well as experimentation. This is far from the typical “big eyes, small mouth” anime with big guns, big robots, and girls with big, um, “talents”. In other words, this is not your younger siblings’ anime.
Another anime omnibus, featuring Katsuhiro Otomo’s directorial debut in a short called “Order to Stop Construction.” The three films in the group deal with machinery and oppression, and as such have been casually grouped together (although the first piece is in essence a wraparound for the others). Rintaro’s segment, the initial segment known as “Labyrinth” is head and shoulders above the others. An expressionistic pastiche of contrasting images, it is sophisticated and never too on-the-nose. The other two segments are extremely trite in comparison.