Based on the classic manga by the late Osamu Tezuka (Atom Boy) , written by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a visual feast combining cel animation with CGI and all the time maintaining a retro look which remains faithful to the original manga. The original manga was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1926 film masterpiece of the same name, but the very few similarites. As you will see. The film introduces you to the tri-level world of Metropolis, the most advanced place in the world, also to the place robots play in this society. This is all controlled by Duke Red who has instructed a scientist to build the most advanced robot ever to succed him and have the power to control the entire world. The awakeing of the robot, Tima, is interrupted by Rock - Duke Red’s adopted son – who will not have a robot follow his ‘father’ and will stop at nothing to destroy Tima. He destroy the place and scientist which created Tima, but Tima survives and is found by the Kinichi-San – the young nephew of a Japanese detective. The pair quickly become friends but are constantly pursued by Rock and Duke Red. The animation of Metropolis is incredible. The combination of old and new provide a unique look that is stunning throughout. One of the stand-out moments is when it starts snowing in Metropolis. The effect caused is nothing short of breathtaking. The conclusion is one that you will never forget. I won’t give anything away, but it will stay in your head for a long time. It’s moving and the film’s message of humanity comes across. This film is by far one of the best anime ever made. It’s right up there with Akira and Princess Mononoke in my opinion and destined to be in top ten lists.