8 Man After really doesn't seem like the type of anime that one would be interested in. Let's face it, the story is fairly typical. Man becomes cyborg, cyborg becomes crimefighter. Wow, that's original. Even more to the point is the fact that the story is the exact same story as Robocop. However, what most don't realize is that Robocop actually rips this off. Granted the 8 Man movie and this were made after, but the original manga was made long before. So, it's not fair to call the story cliched.
The story starts out with a private detective names Hazama trying to get information on a man named Eddy Schmidt. Eddy stole valuable medical secrets from a company, and has begun to revolutionize the crime industry by using robotics to replace limbs and create a generation of powerful cyborg criminals. Hazama is nearly killed by a powerful cyborg named Tony Gleck, a person Hazama had previously "killed". On the verge of death the police give the authorization to put Hazama into a special suit, thus turning him into the 8 Man.
What makes the movie so good is how well-done it is, even though it is very low-budget. It revolutionized the anime world with very popular camera techniques such as the single dot to represent someone moving really quickly, or the camera angle where a person catches some bullets then slowly drops them. The story always stays well paced, and never seems to fizzle out. And, if you've seen him, you will agree that 8 Man can make one hell of an entrance. Despite being quite gory, it managed to resist the urge to have the typical anime nudity (although it came quite close). Overall, it remains my favorite anime and one of the best out there, if not the best.