Hello! I’m Mishi! Today, what I want to recommend to you guys is STEAMBOY (スチームボーイ). The writer is Katsuhiro Otomo who made AKIRA. What do you want to say about him?? This movie is not like AKIRA. It will take you on a journey through the Sci-Fi world and a scientific story. There is no way of talking about Japanese anime scene without him! Let’s take a look at one of his famous works! (*´∀｀)
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This is the 19 centuries of England. Around this time, the science technology was rapidly developed by great scientists. The first international exposition will be held soon and the city of England and it is more active than usual days. The main character named, Ray who is the third generation of the Steam family. His grandfather and father are inventors so he tries to be like them and every day, he gets sweat for inventing something.
One day, his grandfather, Lloyd who is in the U.S.A for his works sends Ray a strange mysterious metallic ball. This ball is called a steam ball. His father and his grandfather have invented this ball. This is an epoch-making invention but of course, at this time, Ray doesn’t know about it.
At the same time, the people from O’Hara foundation come to Ray and ask him to give the ball back to them. He gets so confused with what is going on but his grandfather, Lloyd appears in front of him and tells him not to hand the ball over to them. Without thinking of anything, Ray start to run away from them with the ball and he will get involved huge trouble that he has never experienced before.
What will happen to Ray? What is the ball for? How come the people from O’Hara are chasing that ball? As he protects that ball, he will know everything that is going on!
James Ray Steam – Main character. He is 13 years old who loves to invent stuff. He is proud of his father and grandfather and if somebody makes fun of them, he will get angry. His grandfather sends him the steam ball. This will get him involved in a big incident.
Scarlett O’Hara St. Jones – Main character. She is 14 years old and is the granddaughter of the president of the O’Hara foundation. Since she has grown up in a rich family, her personality is arrogant, selfish, and naive. She thinks the world revolves around her.
Lloyd Steam – He is the grandfather of Ray. He is 65 years old. He finds a special liquid in Iceland and invents the steam ball. He is trying to stop the O’Hara’s plot. His scientific thoughts are different from Edward who is his son and he is negative towards Edward’s scientific thoughts.
Edward Steam – He is the father of Ray and the son of Lloyd. He is 45 years old. While he was inventing the steam ball, he burnt his right arm and the skin on his face. His thoughts of science is a power. He has been invested by O’Hara and has invented many dangerous weapons.
Robert Stephenson – He is the son of George Stephenson who is called Father of Railways. He has the power to the English government and is in charge of weapons development programs. The relationship between Edward and Robert is the rivalry.
How to find this movie
Anime Studio : SUNRISE
Year : 2004
Opening and Ending songs
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This movie is great for the details of picture and music goes with it to create the nice worldview. But I think there are some things that are missing in this movie. For example, the story. It looks like they are doing something big and huge. This feeling pushes us to get so excited to watch but at the end, I felt like something was light. Maybe, I got so excited to watch it all the way until the end but the last part of this movie won’t satisfy the viewers. I felt like it was so close and one more push is missing for the story. I really love the worldview which got me interested in well at first, though. ( ´,_ゝ｀) I think this movie is too serious to show to us. They could have put more comical scenes. Each character is kind of crazy and they could be in a more comical way. So I wished I could laugh more while I was watching this movie.
Another thing is the characters. The impression of the characters isn’t there. They should have let the characters have more particular personalities. Especially, the main character! Ray is too young so he might still be a kid but he should have had a self‐assertion on this movie. It looks like he just follows what other adults say to him. I wanted him to have more of his own opinion and do something to make us surprised in a good way. Since this story is the warning of using scientific weapons which is Ray’s grandfather and the pure heart for developing the science which is for Ray’s father, it couldn’t really separate the good and the bad well. It seems like it is too vague to show us. It is really missing one more push. I wished those characters were more attractive and separate.
I said my opinion above but I don’t really compare this movie with AKIRA. There are many people expecting to watch this movie with the image of AKIRA. This is not what people should do because it is totally a different story and different style of anime. This anime is more for kids if comparing with AKIRA. It is said that to make this movie, it took nine years. For me, it seems like they have been lost to compose the story. The materials have a potential to be a good movie but it appears that they have pushed this movie with only the quality of pictures. It is so close!! That is what I want to say!
Maybe, I expected too much for this movie. That is my problem. If I had watched this movie without knowing any info, I could give it better comments but as I am a fan of Katsuhiro Otomo, I want to watch more exciting movies from him. What is your opinion of this movie?? (ﾟc_,ﾟ｀｡) If you have a chance to watch it, try and let me know how you feel about this movie!
Thank you for reading this post! I hope your family won’t bring you a steam ball all of sudden! ♪ヾ(*’ー’)*’ー’)*’ー’)/”