Cyberpunk is a type of science fiction in which the rapid advance of technology has the cost of neglecting social issues. In this article we will see a list of anime in the genre, and a brief description of the best and most popular cyberpunk anime.
Common themes include powerful or intelligent computers, vast cyberspace networks that can be connected or explored virtually, or human enhancement. Generally the anime are of the action and psychological thriller genre.
Many Cyberpunk anime shows a society that has evolved into a hyper-efficient dystopia, where human needs are secondary to a corporate machine that runs smoothly. Which anime await in this list?
The Best Cyberpunk Anime
There are few anime in the Cyberpunk genre, but they are great and neat. Many of these anime are old, since the Cyberpunk style was on the rise decades ago. See below the best cyberpunk anime:
Psycho Pass is an original anime series that has won more than 3 seasons and a film, telling the story of Akane Tsunemori, a girl who ends up entering the Police department in a world where crimes are monitored before they happen.
A system called Sibyl presides over the country and provides order to all facets of life. It determines which job citizens should enter and can read the mental state of each resident and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future.
Akane Tsunemori is starting her career as an inspector, a specialized police officer who works to arrest latent criminals and prevent crimes before they happen. For this she receives help from latent criminals called Executors.
Ghost in the Shell
Another anime series that has won several films and series over the decades, even a Live Action. The series is quite complete and requires attention from those who will watch it, starting from the oldest and going through the films.
A new and mysterious hacker, known only as the Puppet Master, threatens to create chaos by erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have abandoned their physical bodies to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new era in the relationship between man and machine?
In an almost sterile futuristic world of life, humanity is confined to cities with mechanized domes, where AI controls all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured on a production line; and next to them walk androids known as autoreivs.
In the summit called Romdeau, lives Re-Mayer, one of the few citizens who are not entirely prevented from thinking. His grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus left his free will more than was normally allowed.
Re-l began to question the sanctity of the city and the perfect way of life for its citizens. With mysterious beings known as proxies wreaking havoc and a man named Vincent wielding great influence in his life, Re-l must travel outside the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "awakening".
After the disaster caused by a mysterious being called 'Akira', Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a seedy city, the moody Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running in a biker gang.
They chase local rivals and generally evade the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo runs into a strange looking boy during a bicycle chase and the military ends up taking him away.
When he finally returns to his friends, he is no longer the same weak boy they have always known - in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination.
While the military intends to recover his specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is tired of being bullied and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who the boss is.
The Best Cyberpunk Movies
There are few cyberpunk animes, but there are many Cyberpunk movies and animated OVAs, some of which deserve to be highlighted. First we must mention that Ghost in the Shell has several films, I will not mention them here, but here's the tip.
Battle Angel Alita - Restored by a brilliant cybernetic, a young woman named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, learn the extent of her own mortal abilities and discover what makes her truly human: love.
Mardock Scramble - To stop the unstoppable, you need the irresistible. To kill the immutable, you need someone for whom death is meaningless. And to get the perfect serial killer, you need the only person who knows your methods best ... your latest victim!
Appleseed - In a world where humanity is on the verge of destruction, a lone scientist invented the means to save it: the bioroids. These artificial humans coexist with humans in the city of Olympus, under the watchful eye of the Gaia supercomputer - to stabilize society.
Blame! - Killy is a wanderer in a vast technological wasteland known as Megastructure. Your mission is to find a human being with liquid terminal genes to prevent the collapse of Netsphere, a virtual domain under the control of the Authority.
The Best Cyberpunk Manga
Now let's share some cyberpunk manga available on Amazon. Remembering that the first volumes are usually more expensive, but if you browse the site you will find other volumes very cheap.
List of Cyberpunk Anime
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig||TV||2004|
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex||TV||2002|
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society||Movie||2006|
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man||Movie||2005|
|Ghost in the Shell||Movie||1995|
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven||Movie||2006|
|Ghost in the Shell 2.0||Movie||2008|
|Psycho-Pass SS: Case. 3 - Onshuu no Kanata ni||Movie||2019|
|Ghost in the Shell: Arise||Other||2013|
|Psycho-Pass SS: Case. 2 - First Guardian||Movie||2019|
|Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence||Movie||2004|
|Mardock Scramble: The First Compression||Movie||2010|
|Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust||Movie||2012|
|Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie||Movie||2015|
|Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion||Movie||2011|
|Serial Experiments Lain||TV||1998|
|Psycho-Pass SS: Case. 1 - Tsumi to Batsu||Movie||2019|
|Appleseed: Ex Machina||Movie||2007|
|Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045||Web||2020|
|Battle Angel Alita||OVA||1993|
|Armitage III Poly-Matrix||Movie||1997|
|Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040||TV||1998|
|Armitage III Dual-Matrix||Movie||2002|
|Cyber City Oedo 808||OVA||1990|
|Ghost in the Shell: Ghost Chaser||Other||2018|
|Baldr Force EXE||OVA||2006|
|Megazone 23 Part III||OVA||1989|
|Appleseed XIII Movie 1: Tartaros||Movie||2011|
|Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yousei-tachi||Movie||2013|
|AD Police Files||OVA||1990|
|Appleseed XIII Movie 2: Ouranos||Movie||2011|
|DRAMAtical Murder: Data_xx_Transitory||Special||2014|
|Techno Police 21C||Movie||1982|
|Download: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta||OVA||1992|
|Megazone 23 XI||OVA|
|Megazone 23 SIN||OVA|
|BLAME! Movie 2||Movie|