films seen
9
average score
3.22*
nationality
Japan - 80 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Neo-Tokyo

by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Meikyu Monogatari
Specifics
1987 / 48m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
Neo-Tokyo poster

Neo-Tokyo (together with Robot Carnival, another 1987 anthology sporting promising names) helped to pave the way for a respectable stream of animated anthology films coming out of Japan.

Solid pieces

Take the X Train

by Rintaro
Also known as
X Densha de Ikou
Specifics
1987 / 51m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Take the X Train poster

Armageddon: The Great Battle with Genma

by Rintaro
Also known as
Harmagedon: Genma Taisen
Specifics
1983 / 135m - Japan
Genre
Action, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Armageddon: The Great Battle with Genma poster

Very bombastic and completely over the top. It felt like a mix of Dragon Ball Z and Akira, rightfully considered an anime classic though a little overlooked in recent years. The animation looks nice, the plot is insane and the action is loud and bold. Not quite consistent throughout, but definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it already.

The inoffensive

Metropolis

by Rintaro
Also known as
Metoroporisu
Specifics
2001 / 108m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Metropolis poster

Doomed Megalopolis

by Rintaro, Kasuhiko Katayama
Also known as
Teito Monogatari
Specifics
1991 / 171m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Doomed Megalopolis poster

A solid oldskool horror anime. Much like the live action adaptation, this is a film that keeps things well within bounds of the acceptable, but not without flexing its muscles once in a while. The animation is decent, the designs are distinctive and the mix of horror and fantasy is effective. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Bride of Deimos

by Rintaro
Also known as
Deimosu no Hanayome
Specifics
1988 / 32m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Bride of Deimos poster

Pretty cool and short horror film by Rintaro. The animation is a bit limited and a little more context about the characters and settings would've been appreciated, but the art style is nice, the horror elements are mysterious and the film oozes atmosphere. Well recommended if you're looking for a shorter anime.

Adieu, Galaxy Express 999: Last Stop Andromeda

by Rintaro
Also known as
Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki
Specifics
1981 / 135m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Adieu, Galaxy Express 999: Last Stop Andromeda poster

Rintaro's sequel to the first Galaxy Express 999 is quite tricky. It's very different in tone, even though both films share quite a few similarities. It's almost a reimagining of the same source material. Hence, it's not going to be for everyone, especially not for those expecting a straight-forward sequel. Personally, I really liked the approach.

This second film is quite a bit darker and more dystopian. Online reviews are quick to link to to The Empire Strike Back (understandably so), but there are also traces of The Matrix here, and the work of René Laloux (Fantastic Planet) is never far off. In the end though, it's really just a core Rintaro project.

The film is epic in scope, a welcome surprise as older animations are usually a bit more singular. The art style betrays the film's age, but the animation itself is still pretty impressive and there's no lack of creativity here, so much in fact that it's as much fantasy as sci-fi. A bit long in the end, but it's easy to see how these films helped to build Rintaro's reputation. Good stuff.

Galaxy Express 999

by Rintaro
Also known as
Ginga Tetsudô Three-Nine
Specifics
1979 / 129m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Galaxy Express 999 poster

Worthy but flawed

X

by Rintaro
Also known as
Ekkusu
Specifics
1996 / 97m - Japan
Genre
Action, Animation
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
X poster