Manga and anime are some of Japan’s staple supplies of entertainment and they cover various genres, where there is always one that you can easily relate to. From romance to horror to dystopian-themed action genres, the country’s manga and anime industry has got everything covered. During the year 2015 alone Japan has released about 100 anime films. Some of these movies were based on a dystopian ideology (the opposite of utopia) that establishes a community or society that often shows dehumanization, totalitarian governments, catastrophes and other characteristics that a deteriorating society would exhibit. Here are two dystopian-themed movies that will definitely capture your interest.
First premiered in Japan on January 9, 2015, this animated movie is a science fiction crime film that focuses on a terrorist plot in Japan. This film is directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro under Funimation Entertainment productions. The story is set in the year 2116, four years after the death of revolutionary leader Shogo Makishima and the disappearance of detective Shinya Kogami. At this point, the Japanese government started exporting the Sibyl System technology as an experiment in the midst of a civil war in the South East Asian Union (SEAUn). However, SEAUn terrorists are able to pass through the security system’s technology leaving the fate of the SEAUn in the hands of Public Safety Bureau Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her team.
Parasyte: Part 1 is a dystopian science-fiction movie directed by Takashi Yamazaki, and was released in 2013. The second instalment was released on April 25, 2015 (Parasyte: Part 2). This live action movie is based on the manga Parasyte, which was written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki between 1988 and 1995. The story revolves around Shinichi Izumi, a 17-year old boy who lives with his family in Tokyo. Then one night alien parasites appeared on earth, taking over the brains of human hosts via their orifices. However, a parasite named Migi failed to invade Shinichi’s brain. Instead, Migi burrowed into Shinichi’s right arm so the two were able to retain their separate identities and intelligence. Migi and Shinichi team up and form a strong bond in order to survive. Their adventure soon progresses as they fight other parasites who devour humans.
Whether you are already familiar with Japanese anime or not, if you feel like submerging yourself in a different world, you should definitely watch these two great animated movies!