35 of the Best Cyberpunk Theme Anime

Cyberpunk is not without anime, with classics such as Ghost in the Shell and Akira setting the scene for decades of gritty stories set in the future. Look no further if you are looking for high-quality cyberpunk animation to watch. This list includes 35 of the most popular cyberpunk anime, including classic anime series and modern anime, as well as anime that is underrated. Get ready to have a great time in your favorite jacket and fur collar.

Serial Experiments

35 of the Best Cyberpunk Theme Anime

Serial Experiments was written by Chiaki J.Konaka, author of Texhnolyze. This documentary follows Lain as her critical decisions impact reality and Wired. Only Lain can understand the importance of their existence in closing the one world and opening up the other.

Lain Iwakura is a shy, introverted 14-year-old who receives a troubling message from Chisa Yomoda. Chisa recently committed suicide. Lain is instantly transported to Wired, a virtual network of communication networks similar to the internet, after she reads the email. When Lain is faced with perplexing truths, her life is turned upside down. Strangers, known as the Men in Black, start to appear everywhere Lain goes. They question her and learn more about her than she realizes. Lain finds herself in bizarre and strange situations as the boundaries between cyberspace and reality blur.

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Texhnolyze

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Lux’s underground metropolis is a place where people live in constant fear, suffering and oppression under the control of various criminal groups. Their mining operation of “raffia” is the main interaction with the outside world. It serves as the city’s purpose for being here.

This rare material is available only in Lux and is the basis of “texhnolyze”, which allows people to replace parts of their bodies with cybernetic prostheses. These transplants are distinguished by the fact they don’t cause any immunological reactions in the hosts and the “Class”, which can conduct research on them, is free to do so. This mysterious institution also controls raffia production. It delegated executive power to Organo, a group that is led by Keigo Oonishi, an egoistic man with texhnolyzed feet who is believed to hear the “voice” of the city.

The fragile balance of power in Lux is shaken when a mysterious visitor, Kazuho Yoshii, begins to conduct a series crime spree that pits the gangs against one another. In the middle of all the chaos, two new characters appear: Ichise, an ex boxer who was mutilated and then texhnolyzed recently by Eriko “Doc”) Kamata, as well Ran, a young florist who has foresight. Lux spirals towards madness, while Ichise and Ran are caught up in the city’s worst crisis.

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Waga Seishun No Arcadia

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The Illumidus Empire, a malevolent evil, has taken over Earth. There are comparisons to Japan’s occupation after World War II. Captain Harlock and a group lifelong friends begin their fight against the tyranny that has overtaken Earth. They have little concern about the sacrifices made, but only care about the goal of restoring freedom for all people on Earth.

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Terra E (Toward the Terra), 1980 film

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Five centuries have passed since Earth’s ecosystem collapsed and Terra was named Terra. Humanity has built a completely logical space society. Supercomputers run the government, babies are made in artificial wombs, given to parents at random, while at 14 years old, children take an “Adulthood Exam.” Humanity’s greatest enemy is the “Mu”, which are espers who evolved into humans.

Jomy Marquis Shin is about to celebrate his birthday and face his Adulthood Examination. He is shocked to learn that all his childhood memories will be erased. He hears Soldier Blue, the Mu leader, calling for him to protect his memories.

Jomy escapes aboard a Mu vessel, only to find out that he is an Esper and that he has been sentenced to death by the government. Soldier Blue, who is near the end of his life passes his memories on to Jomy, and appoints the Mu’s next Commander. Jomy is faced with a dilemma: do Jomy keep the Mu secret or wage war against humans to fulfill their dream of returning to Terra?

Macross

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After a mysterious spaceship crashes into Earth, humanity discovers that they are not the only ones. The United Nations is the global umbrella that unites the world in the face of a possible threat to space. The new United Nations forces decided that the alien spacecraft could be repurposed and renamed it SDF-1 Macross. On the day of the maiden voyage, a fleet belonging to an alien race called the Zentradi descends upon Earth. The SDF-1 Macross acts independently and shoots down the incoming squadron. This sets off an intergalactic conflict.

The Macross attempts escape by launching itself into Moon’s orbit. But the ship, along with the city it was located in, is transferred to the farthest reaches space. Hikaru Ichijou (a free-spirited, acrobatic pilot) and Minmay Lynn (an aspiring singer) are caught up in the chaos. These two, along with Macross’ crew, embark on an epic adventure filled with drama and sadness, while also confronting the cruelty of war.

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Black Magic M-66

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Sybel, a freelance journalist discovers that a military plane has been damaged. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain the most recent information. Sybel is unaware, however, that the plane was carrying two top secret experimental android assassins. They will do anything to kill their victim. Sybel race against time to protect and discover the intended victim of the robots, while the military cleans up the mess.

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Heroic Age

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When the Golden Race asked for other races to join them amongst the stars, three sentient races replied. They were called the Bronze, Silver and Heroic Tribes of the Goldens. As the Gold Tribe was about leaving to travel to another Universe and was about to disappear, a fourth race emerged, which traveled to the stars on the basis of their own accomplishments. The Golds called the human race the Iron Tribe. The Iron Tribe was the name given to the human race by the Golds. Humanity has been suffering at the hands the dominant races and is on the brink of extinction. The prophecy of the Gold Tribe has Princess Deianeira set out to find the powerful entity that can save humanity. She meets a boy with wild hair on an abandoned planet. This encounter will change not only the destiny for humanity, but also the fate the entire cosmos.

Wicked City

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There are two dimensions to the Earth. One is our normal world and one is the Black World. This alternate dimension is not well known by most people. A contract has existed between these two realms for generations to ensure peace. Terms must be agreed on and renewed quickly to preserve relative harmony.

A militant group will try to stop the signing of a new interdimensional peace treaty. Two agents from the elite Black Guards, defenders of the equilibrium between both worlds, are charged with ensuring that the treaty is a success.

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll), is a director who blends sophisticated sexuality with horrific horror and pulse-pounding action.

Freedom

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Earth in 2041. The “Great Cataclysm”, a catastrophe that decimated Earth’s ecology, was caused by the Freeport Space Station’s collision with the planet’s atmosphere. Surviving in a polluted desert, survivors fight to save their resources. In the end, this battle has ended all human existence. Surprisingly life still exists on a moon base. It is intended to be an immigration hub for Mars exploration, but it soon becomes a city that both governs and allows its inhabitants to grow. The moon base, also known as “The City of Eden”, aims to colonize the Moon.

Takeru is one of many Eden residents living in 2267. He participates in “Tube Races”, a competition between hovercraft-like hovercraft-like vehicles and gangs. After causing an accident during one his races, Takeru is sentenced for volunteer work outside the city. Takeru uncovers evidence that could reveal the truth about Eden’s origins and is released from prison.

Gunslinger Girl

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The Social Welfare Agency is located in the heart Italy. It rescues young women from hospitals and gives them a chance to live by using the latest cybernetic advances. They are trained to become assassins and are equipped with the latest technology. Despite all the technological advances, the girls are still children at heart and seek attention from the people they love, despite the fact they have fake affection. As these girls struggle with their emotions at a agency that sees them as only vicious killers, this heartbreaking story unfolds.

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Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01

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Elle Kusomoto, an ace female test pilot, destroys an assault tank force, humiliating Lt. Kilgore (Japan’s most macho tank-jockey), in the first testing of the MADOX-01 personal battle-suit.

Kilgore claims he will avenge himself and the experimental MADOX is literally thrown off a truck in Tokyo.

Koji Sujimoto is a college student who has taken the MADOX from one truck to another. It was then transferred into another truck. Koji becomes fascinated by the MADOX and makes the fatal mistake of not reading the manual. Soon, he is trapped in the suit and zooming around Tokyo.

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Psycho-Pass

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The evolution of justice and its administration has been remarkable. Japan implemented the Sibyl System in 22nd century. This objective method determines each citizen’s threat level and analyzes their psychological condition to find evidence of criminal intent. It is known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors enforce the law by subjugating anyone with the slightest ill will. Enforcers and jaded Inspectors are also permitted to perform the Inspectors’ dirty work.

Akane Tsunemori is a young woman with a passion for justice and enters the universe. She soon discovers, however, that Sibyl System verdicts aren’t as perfect as she and Shinya Kougami believe. Akane is now thrown off her feet and ponders what justice really means.

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Levius

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As society rises from the ashes of war, arena combatants equipped with cybernetic enhancements vie for glory and death.

The world has emerged from the ashes of the wars of the nineteenth century and is now in the Era of Rebirth. The popularity of mechanical martial arts has increased worldwide. Computer-augmented combatants can transform their bodies and blood into steam and weapons for war.

Young Levius is another arena fighter who is desperate to win.

Cyber City Oedo 808

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The year 2808 is over. Three ex-convicts have been recruited by the Cyber Police to protect Oedo’s citizens (previously Tokyo). Their sentences will be reduced by a few year for each successful mission. These offenders have special collars that police officers attach to their necks. If they attempt to remove the collars or fail to complete their task, they will explode.

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Blame!

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Zuru, a little girl, sets out on a desperate search for food in a postapocalyptic city controlled by machines. Things quickly fall apart when her team accidentally activates Safeguard, an AI protection mechanism for the city. After being attacked by the machines, her comrades are at the brink of their deaths when Killy, an unknown man appears and decimates the hostile units.

Despite his heroic acts, Zuru doubts Killy’s motives and is skeptical of Killy. He reveals that he was a man who came from thousands of levels below the city to search for people with the Net Terminal Genes, a characteristic that would allow humanity take back control of its society and close down the Safeguard. After hearing his story, Zuru and her team join Killy to go on a journey to search for the Genes that could save humanity.

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Den-noh Coil

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In the near future, Augmented Reality will become a part of everyday life. Despite the many stories about people disappearing, Yuuko Okonogi, a middle school girl, and her family recently moved to Daikoku City. Megasia is a shop that specializes in illegal instruments that can be connected to elements of the virtual universe. Her grandmother, Mega-baa, is known as Mega-baa.

Mega-baa also runs an unofficial detective agency, “Coil,” that is managed by a group of kids about Yasako’s age. It investigates and deals in the virtual realm. Fumie Hashimoto is a member of Coil and helps Yasako rescue Densuke from virtual space. These corruptions and viruses are being studied by Yuuko Amasawa (or Isako), an abrasive hacker.

Is Coil able to uncover the secrets behind mystery viruses and corruption? If so, what is the cost?

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Megazone 23

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Shougo Yahagi, a teenager motorcycle fanatic, is surrounded by heavy rock and J-pop idols. The general public lives their normal lives, unaware that Eve is a computer program. Shougo’s main interests are riding his motorcycle, and attracted beautiful women like Yui Takanaka who wants to become a dancer.

Shougo’s friend Shinji Nakagawa shows him a top secret plan: The “Garland”, an advanced bike that can transform into a robot. Shougo is ambushed and taken hostage by soldiers. He then hijacks the Garland, fleeing into the city. As he realizes the beauty of their lifestyle, he escapes the military with Yui and her friends.

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Casshern Sins

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The distant future has seen Earth become a deserted wasteland, and humanity as we know has died. Sensible robots are all that remains. They were intended to live forever, until Luna died and the Ruin took over. Their robot bodies will corrode and there won’t be a way to fix them. They are left to die, with the only hope of immortality being the Casshern that they may eat.

Casshern doesn’t know anything about his past or why he exists. But he must discover it or he will be pursued by machines that don’t want him to die. Casshern can avoid death wherever he goes but must confront it if they are to find the truth about this world.

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Cyborg 009

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They fight evil and assist people in need. The Dr. Gilmore-led group of nine Cyborgs uses their unique bodily modifications to combat an almost endless array of enemies, including robot crabs and ufos.

Each Cyborg has a unique ability which he can use in his fight against evil. The crew is led by Titular character #009, also known as Hurricane Joe, the famous racing car driver. He has superhuman strength and bullet resistance. His team fights alongside him to prevent humanity from falling under the control of evil.

The Cyborg 009 Squad fights many enemies and foils many threats to their neighbourhood and the planet. No matter what happens, justice will be done.

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No guns in your life

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The technology that was used to create cyborg soldiers has been made available by the Beruhren Corporation. Extended are people who have received robotic parts. Juuzou, a soldier who was originally an Extended, has no memory of his past life. He now manages a company that deals with Extended-related issues in the city, having been wounded in the war.

Juuzo hears rumors of an extended kidnapping. When Juuzo returns home, a huge robotic man carrying a boy on the back crashes in and pleads for help. Juuzou could simply turn the man in and get on with his day, but something about this situation is suspicious. Juuzou has to figure out why Extended is on the loose, how it is connected to the Beruhren Corporation and what the city’s wickedness is like.

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Guilty Crown

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Japan in 2039. GHQ has taken power over the once-glorying nation. This independent military force is sworn to restore order a decade after the “Apocalypse Virus” outbreak. Funeral Parlor, a guerilla gang led by Gai Tsutsugami acts as freedom fighters and provides the only resistance to GHQ’s ruthless rule.

Inori Yuzuriha is a crucial member of Funeral Parlor. He meets Shuu Ouma who is weak and insecure. This leads to him receiving the “Power of Kings,” which allows him to draw out certain aspects of the person’s mind, or “voids” – a ability that can be used to aid Japan’s recovery.

Guilty Crown, a thrilling novel, is about a high school student who finds himself drawn into a battle, and learns a talent that will allow him to unravel the secrets behind the GHQ, Funeral Parlor and Lost Christmas. He soon learns that the truth is more costly than he expected.

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Kurau: Phantom Memory

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It is the year 2100 and a study on new energy aspects is being conducted on the colonized Moon. Amami Kurau, the head scientist of the project, is Amami’s daughter. She joins her father at the laboratory for the trials on her 12th Birthday. Kurau is then struck by twin lightning bolts after something goes wrong. Her father finds out that Kurau is not his Amami anymore. Instead, her body now hosts two energy creatures with amazing abilities.

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Angel Cop

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Japan will see a lot more terrorist activity in the future. Cops will become just as violent as criminals. Angel, a Special Security Forces member, is the most accomplished in her pursuit for justice.

Angel and Raiden find themselves in a new world when they begin investigating string of grisly murders involving notorious criminals. The Hunters are a group of psychics that have joined forces to prosecute and seek out the lowest criminals in the city.

Two psychics start to question their intentions after a few meetings. The third, however, chooses to murder over morality. The third hunter begins a murder spree first targeting the Special Security Force.

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Angel will need the cooperation of the other psychics and her new cyborged partner in order to find the renegade psychic as well as the Hunters’ organisation.

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Ghost in the Shell

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In 2029, Niihama City was a high-tech metropolis. Thanks to cybernetics, residents can now replace their limbs by robotic ones. Public Security Section 9 is responsible to counter corruption and terrorism.

Section 9 Sergeant Motoko Kusanagi is investigating a mysterious hacker, known only as “Puppet Master”, who robs victims’ memories. The Puppet Master is almost completely robotic and has great power.

Motoko and her team are pursuing the criminal. Section 6 becomes involved as well, forcing Motoko into the thick of the matter. Motoko is intrigued by the meaning of life and discovers that the Puppet Masters will provide the answers.

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Akira

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1988 Japan. An explosion caused by a young psychic boy blasts through Tokyo and ignites the fuse for World War III. He is taken into captivity and never heard from again. A rebuilt Neo-Tokyo is established in its place, riddled by gang violence, terrorism, and other problems. Shoutarou Kaneda is the leader of “the Capsules”, a band of misfits known for their custom motorcycles and frequent battles against “the Clowns”.

Shoutarou’s friend Tetsuo Shima gets into an altercation with an esper, who had just escaped from a government institution. Tetsuo discovers new talents after this encounter. The government confines him in an attempt to stop him from unleashing the destructive force that could destroy the city.

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Armitage III

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It’s the year 2046. Detective Ross Sylibus is dispatched to Mars after a murder occurs in the country music industry. The “Third”, a robot that looks and feels like a human, is sent to Mars to investigate. Sylibus is joined by Armitage, an attractive female officer with a savage attitude. They uncover a plot to bring down the Martian government as they investigate the case against the singer and other Mars ladies.

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Project ARMS

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The story centers around Ryo Takatsuki, a young man who believes that he was injured in an accident which caused his right arm to be severed at the beginning of the series. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that Ryo Takatsuki was actually a test subject in research involving genetics as well as an “ARMS” nanomachine implant. He was also accompanied by three other youths: Hayato Shigu, Takeshi Tomoe and Kei Kuruma. They meet in strange circumstances, and they embark on a journey together to rescue Ryo’s girlfriend Katsumi Akagi. The Egrigori is an organization that Keith White and Doctor Samuel Tillinghast founded. It operates in the shadows and has bases and research labs around the globe and is the inventor of the ARMS technology.

Battle Angel Alita

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Battle Angel Alita’s protagonist is Alita, a female cyborg cyborg who is amnesiac. Daisuke Ido is a cybermedic specialist who discovers Alita’s intact head and chest suspended in suspended animation at the local garbage dump. Ido manages to revive her and after discovering she has lost all her memories, he names her Alita in honor of his cat. Alita soon discovers that the famous martial technique Panzer Kunst is her natural knowledge despite not being able to recall any other. Panzer Kunst is used by Alita to become a bounty hunter at the Scrapyard, killing cyborg criminals and then a star player of the deadly gladiator sport Motorball. Alita reminisces about her past life on Mars as she fights. As one of their agents, she joins the floating city Zalem and is assigned to find criminals.

The City of Scrapyard is built around a huge scrap heap that flows down from Zalem in futuristic dystopian Battle Angel Alita. Ground dwellers cannot access Zalem so they have to make their living from the sprawl below. Cybernetics has helped many people to cope with their difficulties.

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Mardock Scramble: First Compression

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Rune Balot, an adolescent prostitute hailing from Mardock City is Rune Balot. Shell, a successful casino manager, takes Balot in one day and gives her everything she needs. Balot is grateful for the false innocence, past and false life Shell has given her. She is curious about why he has provided so much to her. So she does some research online. It turns out that this is a major mistake that will dramatically alter her life. Shell attempts to kill her by setting fire to her car after he learns about her actions.

A new rule, “Scramble 09”, has given police the power to use illegal and extraordinary methods to resurrect criminal witnesses due to Mardock’s high crime rate. With this in mind, they allow a professor to reassemble Balot’s entire body using strengthened synthetic fiber to save her from certain death. Shell, her murderer, is revealed to be her killer when she awakens.

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Genocyber

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The private militias of individuals businesses are threatening global peace as the governments around the world begin to merge. Recently, the Kuryu Group discovered technology that could swing the balance in their favor. The Genocyber, a frightening combination of cybernetics as well as psychic ability, is terrifying. Many want to control this monster. But can it be stopped? The battle is on, and cyberpunk’s future world is set to explode in violence.

Ergo Proxy

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Romdo is home to one of the last human civilizations on Earth. The domed city of Romdo was the site of a massive ecological catastrophe that devastated the planet thousands years ago. AutoReivs, humanoid-like machines that aid people in daily life, were created to speed up humanity’s healing. AutoReivs have been experiencing an unspecified disease called the “Cogito Virus,” which gives them self-awareness. Re-l Mayer is the granddaughter of Romdo’s king and is assigned to investigate the occurrence along with her AutoReiv companion Iggy. Re-l soon discovers that what started out as a routine investigation turns into a plot as she is faced with the worst atrocities in human history.

Vincent Law, an AutoReiv specialist must confront his demons in Romdo when strange events start to happen around him. Re-l and Iggy will form an unexpected alliance with Vincent, Vincent, and Pino, a young AutoReiv, as they try to solve Romdo’s mysteries and discover the true purpose behind the mythological entities called “Proxies.”

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Unbreakable Machine-Doll

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The Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart was established after the invention of “Machinart”, a machine magic that can bring life and intelligence to mechanical dolls. Since militaries around the world have started to incorporate Machinart into their forces, it was established with the aim of teaching expert puppeteers how to operate the automatons.

Raishin Akabane must battle Yaya, his humanoid automaton, to become one of the top 100 students. This is a battle between puppeteers using their automatons for The Evening Party. The “Wiseman”, the winner, is awarded access to the powerful forbidden arts.

A duel is planned, but Sigmund is attacked before it can begin. Raishin saves his attackers and cancels the duel. However, he must still find a way into the Party. Raishin, driven by his past mistakes, struggles with Yaya to be the Wiseman.

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Bubblegum Crisis

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In 2032, Tokyo was devastated by the Second Great Kanto earthquake. MegaTokyo was created by the efforts of “Boomers,” a group of mechanical animals that were originally intended to help humanity. The mysterious Genom business now produces Boomers, a new kind of powerful weaponry that can disguise its identity as humans.

A new special force has been created to combat Boomer-related crime. The Boomers are a threat to the AD Police, as they have become overwhelmed by crime and strength disparity. The Knight Sabers, a mysterious vigilante group that wears military-grade powersuits, are the only hope of safety for the residents. Sylia Stingray’s beautiful females are able to take out any Boomer that gets in their way.

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AD Police Files

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MegaTokyo is in 2027. This year marks six years since the Knight Sabers made their debut. The artificial human boomers are still relatively new, so their integration into society and incorporation is often risky. The Advanced Police is a special unit that has been trained to handle boomer crimes and can be called upon if there is a boomer incident.

Leon McNichol, a rookie in the AD Police is just now getting to know the horrors and tragedies that happen every day in MegaTokyo. His companion Gina Marceau, a seasoned veteran, quickly realizes the ever-moving line that separates man and machine.

It’s all here, anime fans. 35 of the most popular cyberpunk anime series and movies that you should watch. This list was compiled by our team of anime experts with some assistance from the internet. We hope you enjoy it! Which are your favorite? Are there any we missed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments, so we can add them too to our watchlist.

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