The 25 Best Cyberpunk-Themed Anime Of All Time (Movies + Series) – FandomSpot

Few subgenres of sci-fi may very well be extra titillating than one which fuses city, dystopian, and technological themes to the purpose that they’re nearly figuratively symbiotic.

In spite of everything, Cyberpunk usually tackles what most genres couldn’t.

And that’s answering the very actual query of: “What if?”

With expertise advancing left and proper, providing gradual & systematic modifications in how our society features as an entire, it’s solely pure to surprise simply the place we’d find yourself within the close to future.

And these concepts might be simply expressed in Anime.

Living proof, which anime provides us the freshest views with cyberpunk themes? Right here’s a few of the greatest ones that it’s best to undoubtedly try.


25. Midnight Eye: Gokuu

Midnight Eye: Gokuu anime

Right here we’ve a basic from the ’80s that’s one of many forerunners of the cyberpunk style in anime.

To not be confused with the significantly likable musclehead foremost character of the Dragonball collection, this anime’s protagonist is a former detective who had gone too deep in his investigation about his colleague’s homicide.

On the verge of demise, he acquired a cyborg-esque synthetic eye that allowed him to connect with any pc community on the earth – primarily giving him “God’s eye”.

Fairly cool, proper?

Rife with the futuristic crime-fighting theme that’s paying homage to one other timeless basic of a movie — Robocop, Midnight Eye: Goku is likely to be a shorter watch than most titles on this record.

However it’s nonetheless value maintaining a tally of.


24. Angel Cop

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Angel Cop is likely one of the a number of titles that got here out within the “golden age” of OVAs.

It options a couple of good bits of what makes a cyberpunk anime, properly, a good cyberpunk anime.

It’s additionally not afraid to indicate them within the type of unapologetic depictions of violence and gore in its motion scenes.

With only a few weak factors (particularly its inconsistent soundtrack and its considerably controversial storyline) this anime is definitely worth the look ahead to the extra hardened and open-minded anime followers.


23. Appleseed

Appleseed anime

Have you ever ever questioned what would occur to humanity after the hypothetical occasion of a 3rd world struggle?

Appleseed offers us an fascinating doable rendition of the occasions from the angle of Deunan Knute and Briaeros Hecatonchires — companions within the battlefield/former lovers who uncovered a plot unfurling behind the scenes.

The story introduces us to a world the place half the inhabitants has grow to be altered half-human and half-machines, aptly known as Bioroids.

And surprisingly sufficient, the AI isn’t really the dangerous man within the film.

The individuals who created SKYNET higher take notes!

I might extremely suggest watching the newest releases of this title, although, since they’re all an enchancment in comparison with the unique OVA in nearly all of its facets – with out deviating an excessive amount of from the supply materials.


22. Virus Buster Serge

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For a seemingly fascinating story that unfolds at Neo Hong Kong within the not-so-distant way forward for the 12 months 2097, Virus Buster Serge leaves a couple of issues to be desired in its execution.

The collection follows a person named Serge Practice who, alongside together with his fellow members of the counter-virus group known as “STAND”, should face the lethal risk known as “The Incubator”.

Regardless of some apparent flaws, the narrative this anime presents concerning the potential makes use of and risks (principally) of biotechnology continues to be an fascinating premise by itself.

Additionally, Virus Buster Serge is the TV collection debut piece of Masami Ōbari — a family title within the Japanese sci-fi business.

So that you is likely to be right here if you happen to’re a fan of his other works.


21. Cybernetics Guardian

Cybernetics Guardian anime

Are you into blood-boiling, rage-fueled, metal-themed motion scenes that scream bloody homicide?

In that case, right here’s one for you.

Very similar to Virus Buster Serge, Cybernetics Guardian includes a story that teeters carefully throughout the discipline of biotechnology.

The principle character John Stalker unknowingly began occasions that rapidly catapulted the story off to a screeching begin.

Specifically after testing a demon-possessed mecha go well with that was initially designed to be the answer to rising city crime.

Nicely, in a means it did change into simply that.

In spite of everything, if you happen to ever go on a rampage as a cyber-beast killing machine, who is aware of what number of dangerous guys you’ll kill alongside the best way.


20. Ultraviolet: Code 044

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You’ve in all probability heard of 007 and Agent 47.

However 044, the protagonist of this collection, is one exceptional codenamed agent/soldier/murderer.

Though set in a extremely intriguing futuristic society the place scientific growth is at its peak, the story primarily focuses on 044’s growth as a personality.

Naturally, this additionally contains her journey to discovering her extra ‘human’ aspect – and the way she interacts with the world given her former standing as an enhanced soldier.

The collection does depart a lot to be desired by way of motion scenes and combat choreography, simply as lots of the sci-fi titles that got here out within the earlier years of anime.

Although on the flip aspect, the primary character’s design and character growth greater than make up for this in any other case evident flaws – which positively deems this anime worthy of a peek.


19. Genocyber

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Do you ever get uninterested in tragic tales that spotlight humanity’s greed, and the way it ultimately contributes to our downfall?

After all not.

Our capability to each wallow and discover irony in our personal self-deprecation is considered one of our extra admirable traits as a species, in spite of everything.

Enter Genocyber: a collection that discusses how a corporatocratic society (fairly a mouthful, I do know) led to by humanity’s bid for management and energy nearly destroys the world.

Even with the considerably convoluted and ambiguous closing OVA episodes that left the fates of many characters up within the air, Genocyber nonetheless does a great job presenting itself in a singular and highly effective means.

After all, it additionally must be mentioned Genocyber is kind of presumably the goriest and most violently graphic title on this record.

In reality, it’s one which I wouldn’t actually suggest for anime followers with weaker stomachs.

However I might counsel it if you happen to don’t thoughts some R-rated scenes in your viewing expertise.


18. Soiled Pair

Dirty Pair anime

How about one thing a bit sexier and charming?

As one of many only a few light-hearted entries on this record, Soiled Pair is a collection with a number of diversifications that encapsulates the retro vibes of 80’s anime fairly darn properly.

Hilariously as soon as code-named “Beautiful Angels”, the protagonists Yuri and Kei are most recognized for the nickname.

One thing they’ve unknowingly cultivated after their misadventures all through the galaxy as…

You guessed it.

Yuri and Kei are the “Soiled Pair”.

Bother Consultants (that’s wealthy) who usually depart extra issues than those they resolve.

That is the primary premise the place the anime derives most of its comedic kicks from, which is by no means a nasty factor for the collection as an entire.

I imply, it has two magnificent waifus and a narrative that doesn’t take itself too severely as well.

What extra might you need?


17. Bubblegum Disaster

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Boomer alert! Uh, no.

And never the lifeless meme sort.

Bubblegum Disaster is likely one of the extra well-known girls-with-guns-themed cyberpunks that first got here out earlier than the ’90s.

It includes a story that revolves across the rise in numbers of Boomers – that are primarily mechanical constructs that had been created with the intent to assist humankind.

However shock shock, these Boomers had been ultimately became weapons by an evil company known as Genom – the primary antagonistic power within the collection.

With the entire world going through a disaster, the stakes completely arrange the primary protagonists of the vigilante group known as Knight Sabers to beat the evil Boomers again to the place the solar doesn’t shine.

Energy Rangers fashion.


16. Cyber Metropolis Oedo 808

Cyber City Oedo 808 anime

This cyberpunk collection provides an anime with an additional emphasis on ‘punk’.

Set within the faraway way forward for 2808, Cyber Metropolis Oedo 808 is little question a wild and rambunctious watch – in all the nice methods.

Led by a solid of three convicted felons with a whole bunch of years of jail sentences to their names, they’re pressured to cooperate with each other to grow to be the do-gooders to reduce their jail time.

It’s a premise that’s not essentially extraordinary.

However its three colourful and fully distinctive foremost characters (together with the excessive stakes that drive the story) are greater than sufficient to seize anybody’s consideration.

In spite of everything, what might drive up the stress greater than an old school highschool battle royale-style exploding collars?


15. Dimension W

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Lastly, the primary title that didn’t come out earlier than the 2000s makes its look.

Personally, I see this present as one of many extra underrated titles on this record.

And undoubtedly one of many strongest cyberpunk titles to return out not too long ago.

As an alternative of getting too into the sci-fi aspect of issues, this anime focuses extra on the day-to-day adventures of Kyouma Mabuchi.

He’s a Coil-hater, and it follows his unlikely but slowly growing relationship with a Coil named Mira Yurizaki.

The anime has 12 good episodes in complete.

And though some would possibly argue that the variation barely did its manga counterpart justice, it’s nonetheless a strong watch – and deserving of its place on this record.


14. Ergo Proxy

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You’ve in all probability seen that a lot of the anime on this record has some fairly darkish themes.

However Ergo Proxy is darkish in a psychological and philosophical type of means.

Merely put:

It’s the type of collection that, upon watching it, will actually make you assume.

Are you a fan of watching a posh, rattling near-masterpiece of a dystopian collection that will almost certainly stimulate your existential beliefs?

Ergo, it’s best to see Ergo Proxy.

You received’t remorse it.


13. Texhnolyze

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Texhnolyze is yet one more cyberpunk aimed toward mature audiences.

Its characters symbolize completely different archetypes of their darkish and unforgiving metropolis of Lux — every with their very own aspirations and motives.

The present has an fascinating premise revolving round Texhnolyzes — people with altered physiology and superhuman capabilities.

Nonetheless, the present’s power not solely depends on its core concept, but additionally on its characters and the way they (with their uniqueness) work together with the world round them.

Along with the present’s compelling characters and core concept, the present’s gradual but strong plotline and real looking grittiness make it greater than worthy of a watch.


12. Megalo Field

Megalo Box anime

Megalo Field shares one aspect with texhnolyze:

They each have an archetypal “fighter” as their foremost character.

However that’s about so far as their similarities go.

Megalo Field is a collection a few man attempting to make ends meet, and thrive in opposition to all odds within the neo-boxing world the place solely fighters with one of the best Gear can succeed.

This can be a bit ironic since “Gear” can be a time period for steroids IRL, however nevermind that.

In its essence, Megalo Field is an anime about an underdog.

It comes with nice blood-pumping motion scenes, and a rivalry storyline that simply sweetens the deal much more.


11. Akudama Drive

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Right here we have now the wild, bombastic, and adrenaline-pumping title that’s Akudama Drive.

Set in a dystopian world the place criminality is at an all-time excessive, and public executions have made a comeback, this story follows a bunch of hardened skilled criminals known as the Akudama.

Oh, and an abnormal civilian woman who in some way obtained roped into becoming a member of their loopy group.

Crammed with intense motion scenes, exceptional characters, and a sensible plot the place not even the primary characters are protected from being killed off, Akudama Drive is value each single minute of your watch time.


10. Dennou Coil

Dennou Coil anime

Dennou Coil is available in as a heavy contender within the class for the “most deceptive anime of all time”.

And don’t be fooled by its youthful characters.

Though it’s to not the extent that one thing like, say, The Promised Neverland, this present touches upon some fairly darkish themes.

The story is targeted on a bunch of youngsters operating round and attempting to repair the corrupted digital world.

This forces them to band collectively, whereas additionally being pitted in opposition to one another at sure instances all through their journey.


9. Serial Experiments Lain

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For this spot we have now Serial Experiments Lain — an anime that’s closely pushed by philosophical ideas, similar to most titles within the cyberpunk style.

For a narrative that begins with an in-depth overtly complicated exposition of the plot from the get-go, it will definitely wraps up satisfyingly by the tip.

And it does this in a means that greater than makes up for the complications you may need had throughout its runtime.

With it being a title that options nearly each darkish/controversial theme there may be, this anime is definitely one I might not suggest for everybody.

However I undoubtedly would suggest it for the extra mature anime followers that lengthy for a really nice cyberpunk collection.


8. Macross Plus

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Screenwritten by Keiko Nobumoto (who was behind different timeless classics comparable to Cowboy Bebop and Tokyo Godfathers), it’s no surprise Macross Plus has glimpses of would-be greatness throughout it.

With a narrative and a premise that considerably deviates from a lot of the titles on this record, Macross Plus is a pseudo-cyberpunk anime with an incredible soundtrack, cool gunship battles, and a love triangle subplot that provides an additional spice to the equation.

Oh, I ought to point out the legendary meth kingpin Heisenberg, Walter White himself, is within the OVA.

Nicely, probably not… however the English dub options Brian Cranston because the voice actor for one of many foremost characters, Isamu Alva Dyson.

In order that’s one more reason you would possibly need to test it out.


7. Paprika

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Let’s dive into the realm of desires with Paprika.

It’s a surreal and thought-provoking anime movie that each satisfies and entertains, all whereas making you decide your mind at instances.

The story introduces the idea of how expertise impacts us, and primarily modifications our notion of desires and actuality.

It’s all wrapped in a neat but adult-oriented bundle that, as soon as once more, I might solely suggest for older audiences.

What makes this anime stand out is the chilling ambiguity of its imagery and storytelling – a lot in order that it’s exhausting to really put it into phrases.

It’s very similar to Inception, for instance.

Years later and there are nonetheless wars waged on-line as to what the spinning top on the finish of that film meant.

In the long run, it intends to be simply as it’s.

A film that’s naturally obscure and mind-bending.

In spite of everything, it is a movie about desires.

And desires, properly, they’re not precisely probably the most explainable ideas there may be.


6. Neo Tokyo

Neo Tokyo anime

Set in the identical universe the place the occasions of Akira transpired, Neo Tokyo comes into our record providing a totally completely different expertise from the opposite anime we’ve seen thus far.

Neo Tokyo is a set of three tales— every movie having a totally completely different plot and subject material they deal with.

With it being thematically associated to Akira, you’ll be able to already count on a darkish but strong plot, distinctive and fascinating characters, and phenomenal paintings that’s paying homage to the cyberpunk basic that got here earlier than it.


5. Psycho-Go

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Every of the next anime has earned an on the spot exhausting advice from me.

And Psycho-Go, undoubtedly, has not solely earned however demanded its proper to be a part of the dialog.

It has an exhilarating and fascinating plot that goes hand-in-hand with a psychologically stimulating premise that’s set in a dystopian world — its components mirroring that of an incredible sci-fi film known as Minority Report.

The present’s strongest level is its two lead characters and the primary antagonist — all of whom carry the already-remarkable title on their backs, emphasizing simply how nice of an impression good characters might be on any anime.


4. Blame!

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Who mentioned {that a} minimalist murals with barely any dialogue, narration, or exposition couldn’t be tremendous entertaining?

Nobody did.

Or I no less than hope so, as a result of Blame! exists.

And it’s nice.

With its story set in an unlimited but anonymous place merely known as “The Metropolis”, Blame! is a black sheep in a way. Largely due to the way it manages to present away little or no, not like each different anime on this record.

However on the similar time, it in some way offers away extra.

How properly it handles subtlety, in my view, is what makes it probably the most well-crafted anime and manga collection – not solely within the cyberpunk style, however in anime as an entire.


3. Battle Angel Alita

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That includes probably the most well-known and intricately written female leads in anime, it shouldn’t be shocking that Battle Angel Alita made it this excessive up within the record.

It’s additional strengthened by phenomenal writing and sensible storytelling that tells us the story of Alita, the primary cyborg waif— I imply protagonist of the collection.

Should you’ve watched and loved its live-action remake that was launched simply final 2019, then I strongly suggest you watch the anime collection as properly.

In spite of everything, the unique materials is (undoubtedly) higher than the film in most facets.


2. Ghost within the Shell

Ghost in the Shell anime

Closing in on the highest of our rating, we have now Ghost within the Shell.

Fairly truthfully, it’s the one different title that made this rating extraordinarily exhausting for me.

I’d think about it will be the identical for many anime followers as properly, I’d think about.

In spite of everything, it’s not that arduous to see why this anime spans throughout a number of mediums.

It’s simply that good.

It has animated films, OVAs, an anime collection, books, heck it even has a live-action remake starring Black Widow herself for the primary function!

Should you’ve by no means appeared into Ghost within the Shell, undoubtedly give it a attempt.


1. Akira

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For the hard-earned title of “The Greatest”, Akira comes out on the high after a painfully lengthy consideration.

Certain, anybody might make a case that any others might need to be right here.

However I’m sure that none of them are as a lot of a stark illustration of what the phrase ‘cyberpunk’ actually is.

Akira is, in spite of everything, the very first manga collection devoted solely to the cyberpunk style.

Then again, its anime collection additionally additional popularized the style for the years to return.

To today, even.

All in all, the godfather of all cyberpunk anime is totally value a watch – and for good purpose. | The 25 Greatest Cyberpunk-Themed Anime Of All Time (Motion pictures + Sequence) – FandomSpot


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