I first watched this movie with my brother back in 1997, at the beginning of an epic animé phase we both went through that lasted almost two years. It remains, in my opinion, the finest animated film in this genre to date. It’s almost prescient in it’s examination of philosophical humanity, and the rise of AI. Watching it again, it makes me realise it is the reason why I love robot Sci fi. The only sci fi I love better is Robots in Space.
My brother died last year, and this is the first time I’ve watched this film in a decade and it made me miss him a great deal. Miss him, and appreciate that this was our ‘thing’ back when we were young and foolish.
One note: I’ve watched both Japanese sub-titled and American dubbed versions over the years. While I appreciate the American dub, my favourite still remains the original Japanese language film.