A collection of stories by some of the better known animators in Japan (at the time anyway). Each story is distinct and separate but keeps to the theme that the central focus be on robots. Some are rather simple with hardly a word spoken, like Deprive - where an android must save a girl from some mysterious alien invader. Other segments are much more philosophical - such as Presence - where a man constructs a robot girl in secrecy, and witnesses his own creation come to life; only do discover he cannot handle how lifelike she has actually become.
An interesting collection of robot tales with superb animation.
From a personal perspective I guess this review is actually sort of interesting to me. You see my first experience of anime and knowing what it was called was a feature of three titles. Robot Carnival was one of them. If you remember my old review section from years ago, you probably recall that I didn't recall much about it aside from the fact that I didn't like it. Actually what I came out of my first anime experience with was the fact that I didn't like two of the titles I saw, but Vampire Hunter D was the most awesome thing ever.
So it's been a log long time and I decided to watch it again. Now that I've spent years watching anime. Now that I've been to anime cons. Now that I've spent years working on my web page dedicated towards anime. You can see that my opinions are on completely opposite sides as far as experience with anime goes. My verdict? Robot Carnival is actually pretty good, but I think it requires you being in the right mood to appreciate.
So lets get a rundown of the titles. Please excuse the nostalgic commentary.
A big part of Robot Carnival is the artistry of anime. As a carnival, there is something for everyone (who likes robots) but If you're the kind who thinks of anime only as entertainment, many segments won't interest you much. Animation wise this title is top notch despite big differences in design and art. The soundtrack is very good as well. This is a key factor to to parts of this anime as some segments have NO DIALOG
So if you're looking for something different, and in the sci-fi vein; Robot Carnival is probably a good title to check out.
Folkeson: I give you, just 3 seconds. 3..2..1..
Kenji: What did he say?
Genjiro: I'm not sure, I never had much time to study English
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