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Directed by  Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Initial release  1990
Written by  Akinori Endo
Cast  Tesshō Genda, Ako Mayama
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Studio  Madhouse
Production company  Madhouse
Director  Yoshiaki Kawajiri
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Genre  cyberpunk, action, neo-noir
Produced by  Makoto Seya, Yasuteru Iwase
Music by  Kazz ToyamaRory McFarlane (UK version)
Licensed by  Manga Entertainment (Expired)Madman Entertainment (Current)U.S. Manga Corp (Expired)Manga Entertainment (Expired)
Music director  Rory McFarlane, Kazuhiko Toyama

Similar  Sol Bianca, Ninja Scroll, Twilight of the Dark Master

Cyber City Oedo 808 (Japanese: サイバーシティ OEDO 808) is a 1990-1991 Cyberpunk original video animation. It was directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Set in the year 2808 in the city of Oedo (Tokyo), it tells the story of three criminals who are enlisted into fighting crime in exchange for reduced sentences. They are Sengoku, an anti-social maverick, Gogol, a mohawk wearing hacker, and Benten, an androgynous bishōnen.

Contents

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The UK release of the OVA includes a completely new score by Rory McFarlane.

Cuts of the story were included in the music video for 'Innocence', produced by Nero.

Plot

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To combat computerised crime more effectively, the Cyber Police unit of the future Japanese city of Oedo has restarted the feudal practice of hōmen (放免), employing hardened criminals with a history of hi-tech offences and other crimes such as murder as officers themselves.

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Three such criminals are Sengoku, Gogol and Benten who are serving their 300-or-more year sentences in an orbital penitentiary. For duty served, each criminal will receive a reduction in their prison time. Desperate to get away from the boredom and monotony of jail life, they half-heartedly agree to the deal. They answer to police chief Hasegawa who keeps them in check thanks to an explosive collar that each criminal wears around his neck. Hasegawa can blow this collar remotely and it will also explode if they fail to complete their missions within an allocated time period. Each one is also armed with a jitte (the traditional weapon and symbol of authority of the ancient Edo Police), although they also have access to more powerful weaponry.

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Although there are no specifics to what kind of society the series is based in, it is presented as very high-tech but with a rather dystopian feel. In the first episode for example, a man under pressure confesses to a murder (which he did commit) and which is responsible for the present crisis. This is enough for Hasegawa to order Sengoku to kill the man there and then without so much as a trial. When Sengoku fails to do so his sentence is increased.

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There are three episodes, each one serving to focus more on the personal exploits of one of the three-man team. The UK release had different titles for these episodes than other markets did.

  • Episode 1; "Virtual Death" (a.k.a. "Time Bomb" or "Memories Of The Past"): Sengoku is sent to save 50,000 people trapped in Oedo's largest skyscraper after its central computer is mysteriously taken over. Along the way, he finds that the only suspect is a dead man.
  • Episode 2; "Psychic Trooper" (a.k.a. "The Decoy" or "The Decoy Program"): Gogol's investigation of a murder pits him against an experimental military cyborg as he tries to rescue his ex-partner. Of note is that during this episode we see at least one other cyber-criminal trying to (unsuccessfully) remove his collar, so it is known that there are more than the three anti-heroes being employed by the Cyber Police unit.
  • Episode 3; "Blood Lust" (a.k.a. "The vampire" or "Crimson Media" ): The freak murder of three geneticists leads Benten to investigate one man's quest for immortality, as well as finding a young woman transformed into a vampire with telekinesis because of this quest.
  • Voice actors

  • Sengoku - Hiroya Ishimaru in Japanese and Stuart Milligan (credited as Bruce Martin) in English.
  • Gogol - Tesshō Genda in Japanese and Sean Barrett in English.
  • Benten - Kaneto Shiozawa in Japanese and Daniel Flynn in English.
  • Juzo Hasegawa - Norio Wakamoto in Japanese and Bob Sherman in English.
  • Varsus - Kyousei Tukui in Japanese and Nigel Greaves in English.
  • Video game

    Cyber City Oedo 808: Attribute of the Beast (CYBER CITY OEDO 808 獣の属性, Saibāshiti Ōedo Hachimaruhachi: Kemono no Zokusei) is a graphic adventure game released on March 15, 1991 for the PC-Engine CD-ROM² by Nippon Computer System exclusively in Japan. The storyline is completely original and not an adaptation of any episode.

    Music

    The original British VHS release (also televised on Channel 4 circa 1995) features a more rock-centric 23 track score composed by Rory McFarlane not present on the US or Japanese versions. McFarlane's score combined metal, electronica and Ambient styles. It has been out of print for years and, as such, is very rare to find on CD, but it is known to be available on the internet. The UK edition score is considered by some fans to be better suited to the violent, dark, and stylish atmosphere of the anime than the original (more pop-like) Japanese score. Due to Manga Entertainment UK losing the rights to the Cyber City series this edition of the score is unavailable on western DVD releases and remains available only on the old VHS versions from the mid nineties.

    Reception

    The miniseries has received a cult following over the years. Hemanth Kissoon of Filmulation.com reviewed the series in 2007, saying that the series "was released 17 years ago, yet still stands up as a gripping take on Japan’s potential future."

    References

    Cyber City Oedo 808 Wikipedia