It's like a more focused version of Heavy Metal, one where the crude male sexual fantasy stuff is replaced by old school damsel-in-distress tropes & where the animators clearly obsessed over detail & fluidity to a greater degree. Not as funny as its Western predecessor, but like HM the joy lies in the varied visual splendor & nonsensical quality of its stories. Don't expect nuanced musings on robo-human relations.
The Otomo pieces at the beginning and end are good, but beyond one or two other stories it feels really dated. The animation styles come across as cheesy and the storylines are a bit silly. I understand that it was more of a platform for artists than an attempt at a unified statement about robots, and I can appreciate that. However, at time I had to stop myself from fast-forwarding. For students of anime history?
Cloud and Presence alone are worth it, but do enjoy the rest of the ride. Nostalgic for a time when anime was beautiful, detailed hand painted backgrounds and character designs... When Joe Hisaishi's windy, ethereal synths swept across the landscapes of children's dreams and the darkest adult nightmares.
opening, Katsuhiro Otomo - 3 Franken's gear, Koji Morimoto - 2.5 Deprive, Hidetoshi Omori - 2.5 Presence, Yasuomi Umetsu - 5 Starlight Angel, Hiroyuki Kitazume - 3 Cloud, Mao Lamdao - 3.5 A tale of two robots, Hiroyuki Kitakubo - 3 Red chicken head guy, Takashi Nakamura - 2 ending - Katsuhiro Otomo - 3
Tl;dr: 3,5 Several episodes indulging in robots, some good, some not so much. 5/10 (patriarchyscale) I really liked the breath of cyberpunk that permates these stories, be they robolovestories, abstract tales or hip-hop-fueled distopias - transhumanism, really techy surroundings, the whole bunch. That being said, some of them were just so hardcore cheesy or male fantasies, that they kind of tired me out.