12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2001
When I saw this excellent series on TV it was shown as a single movie. Plus the TV version had an amazing soundtrack to it. This version has the original Japanise soundtrack. That's good if you happen to like that kind of music. I preferred the translated version.
This DVD also has the original Japanise graphics. So all the computer monitors in the movie are showing text in japanise.
All this included it's still an amazing piece of animation with great stories and great characters. And the Japanise text and music does not alter the fact that this is an excellent example of Anime.
I only give it 4 stars because of the lack of DVD features.
Also, it's kinda fun to watch the sub-titles. They are a direct translation of the original Japanise script that was trashed when it came over here because it was so darn cheesey. It adds a differant twist to the images.
I just thought it was kinda fun to watch ;-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2011
I was intrigued by the music video to Nero's Innocence on You Tube and, after some research, found the clips to be from the final episode in this 1990 Manga trilogy. Being of the age of someone who watched 'Battle of the Planets' Ulysses 31' the FIRST time around - I found this trilogy lots of fun with a familiar animation style. The English dub has lots of adult language, so not for the very wee. Great, nostalgic fun for everyone else. Recommended.
on 20 August 2014
I first saw this on channel 4 back in 1995 (when television was actually good). I was only a kid then and I still love it now as an adult. This was initially released as part of the cyberpunk collection, along with 'Genocyber' and 'AD Police' in 1994 and is probably the best out of all three. Even though Cyber City dates back to 1990 originally, the animation still looks top notch and the dialogue was given an English dub back in 1994 for its UK release, which is absolutely cracking by the way: lots of abusive language and sharp one-liners. If you're a fan of Akira-style action, great storytelling and don't mind lots of cursing then this is definitely worth checking out. The original English dub had a fantastic rock soundtrack which unfortunately isn't present on this particular DVD release. Instead, you get the original Japanese soundtrack which apart from the cheesy title track, is actually very subtle and atmospheric. On some of the original Guyver videos, there is a preview of Cyber City with the same music, if that helps.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2004
I have been a great fan of this series ever since I first started watching anime in my late school days, and I can only criticise it for one thing: the series should have been longer than three episodes!
Cyber City Oedo 808 has never actually enjoyed an official UK release, and so if like me you have finally (and thankfully!) waved goodbye to most of your VHS collection, this can be a thorn in your side, like so many semi-obscure titles that may never see the light of a DVD release, or may not be released on DVD for a while (i'm still holding on to 1 VHS title which I cannot replace!). Like many other people who have written reviews, mine is the verson where the soundtrack is the original japanese and the computer readouts are not translated (although, the character's conversations have been dubbed) and the episodes are titled differently from the UK Manga VHS releases (e.g. The Decoy was called Psychic Trooper in the UK). Still, this does not detract from the quality of the series; the characters are excellent, the animation well directed and the overall quality of the disc is more than satisfactory (a 5.1 audio mix wouldn't go amiss though). However, as others have written, there are very few extras, in fact only some pretty dodgy trailers for other titles released by the same manufacturer (wide birth required).
Hopefully it will find it's way on to DVD for an official UK release sometime soon, when you'll be able to pick it up from our good friends at amazon. Until then, if cyberpunk anime is your thing, check out AD Police, which simlilarly to Cyber City, is a three episode cyberpunk Manga series and is now available on UK DVD release, or stick with the VHS releases of Cyber City, which can still be picked up in the UK quite easily (i've held on to mine until the official Manga DVD is issued!).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2000
Cyber City is one of the better examples of the cyberpunk genre. Unlike motion pictures which have serious budget or mass-market appeal issues when dealing with this subject matter, animation has a lot less of a problem in realising and presenting the dark future that Cyberpunk is all about.
Cyber City tells the story of 3 criminals who are paroled to work within the police force. Kept in line by collars which could explode at anytime by their boss the series gives each characer their own story with the others acting as supporting roles in that story.
Featuring great designs, great animation and superb scripts this whole package is not only great value but also great entertainment.