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Let's tack one off the bounty board and discuss the many cyberpunk anime that helped influence the genre and some many anime in recent time that should be watched. Below I'll be naming the well known series and films.


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>Ghost in the Shell
In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City (a fictional setting inspired by Hong Kong), a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. She, her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as "The Puppetmaster." But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.

>Ergo Proxy

Within the domed city of Romdo lies one of the last human civilizations on Earth. Thousands of years ago, a global ecological catastrophe doomed the planet; now, life outside these domes is virtually impossible. To expedite mankind's recovery, "AutoReivs," humanoid-like robots, have been created to assist people in their day-to-day lives. However, AutoReivs have begun contracting an enigmatic disease called the "Cogito Virus" which grants them self-awareness. Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of Romdo's ruler, is assigned to investigate this phenomenon alongside her AutoReiv partner Iggy. But what begins as a routine investigation quickly spirals into a conspiracy as Re-l is confronted by humanity's darkest sins.


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>Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
After a mysterious eathquake levels Tokyo, Genom becomes a powerful influence providing their artificial organic lifeforms called Boomers to rebuild and act as a labor class to humanity. However, some of them ocasionally run amok, and even the specially created AD Police are at a loss to stop them. Lina Yamazaki travels to Tokyo for employment but also hopes to join a vigilante force called the Knight Sabers, who pilot powered suits to destroy these rogue Boomers.

>Serial Experiments Lain

Lain Iwakura, an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda—the very same Chisa who recently committed suicide. Lain has neither the desire nor the experience to handle even basic technology; yet, when the technophobe opens the email, it leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the internet. Lain's life is turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. Strange men called the Men in Black begin to appear wherever she goes, asking her questions and somehow knowing more about her than even she herself knows. With the boundaries between reality and cyberspace rapidly blurring, Lain is plunged into more surreal and bizarre events where identity, consciousness, and perception are concepts that take on new meanings.


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Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors' dirty work.

Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System's judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume.


Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads "the Capsules," a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals "the Clowns."


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>Code Lyoko

Deep underground, within the derilect bowels of an abandoned auto factory near Paris, France, lays a dormant supercomputer that has been powered off for over a decade. When a group of teenagers from a nearby boarding school stumble upon and subsequently re-activate the supercomputer, they find themselves plunged into a world of chaos and intrigue as they explore its contents attempt to delve into the mystery surrounding its creation. The supercomputer is host to a virtual world known as Lyoko, housing an amnesic pink-haired elf-girl artificial intelligence known as Aelita, as well as a malevolent rogue artificial intelligence known only as X.A.N.A.. Thanks to the series of "scanners" connected to the supercomputer, the protagonists are able to "travel to" and interface with this virtual world while retaining only two senses (sight and sound). The A.I. known as XANA is able to use the supercomputer's immense capabilities to interface with various electrical items in the real world, causing numerous disruptions and acts of violence which force the protagonists to "jack-in" to Lyoko to stop. After foiling numerous of these attacks by XANA, the protagonists begin digging deeper into the history of Lyoko and the supercomputer, which involves The Cold War, military scientists, secret government programs, and the truth behind Aelita's existence…


This looks great, thanks for the contribution.



omg the feels of watching this mediocre show.


How? Should I waste my time on it?


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>not citing the gif in the op
It's by far Mamoru Oshii's best work, Patlabor 2;

Pause and Select's video on the man is fantastic;
Not all four seasons; I haven't watched it in years though. There might've been some things I missed about the show. iirc it was a french animated tv show that tried really hard to be a tech-minded shounen.


its still worth a watch. watch the prequels (xana awakens part 1 and 2) first. skip every episode in the first season except for the last two (code: earth and false start) since season 1 was very formulaic and season 2 is where it starts picking up pace with the series arc.


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Amazing animation


Tried to get into Bubblegum, didn't like.


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>Dennou Coil

I strongly suggest watching Dennou Coil.
Basic summary : near-future in Japan, children play around with augmented reality glasses, cyberpets and stuff around a city. They also collect bugs and glitches, learn to hack around and stuff. Starts off like a very light and attaching show, and turns into a captivating chain of events.


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I've recently watched Psycho-Pass and really liked it. Nice action, story, ideas and a great villain. You should go see it.

Should I watch the 2nd season and movies too? I've read the 2nd Season lacks Gen Urobuchi and turned out pretty bad.


The 2nd season is exactly the same thing but worse. Don't bother.


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Animatrix. A prequel series for the matrix trillogy. Explains a lot more of what the series of events was that lead up to the movies, tells interesting stories and shows how life for free people living on the planet after the enslavement looks. It does not have a continuous plotline but rather is a collection of stories. Their symbolism and scenery are really good, the plots have a lot of variety. Though I did not like the animation style in some of the episodes, I still recommend it to anyone that likes the themes of robotic conscientiousness, very dark dystopias and obviously The Matrix.


> Starts off like a very light and attaching show, and turns into a captivating chain of events

My thoughts exactly. It comes off as a cutesy but enjoyable kids show and starts getting darker and pretty complicated. Someone once described it as if Miyazaki wrote a cyberpunk series but there's much more to it by the time you reach the end.

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