Based on the popular 1960s Japanese comic book and animation hero 8 Man After, this feature-length compilation of the science fiction series follows the original robo-cop's legacy in the ultimate hi-tech crime-fighting adv... more »enture! With the recent disappearance of cyborg hero 8 Man, murderous drug-crazed gangs known as "cyber-junkies"--part man, part machine--are terrorizing the streets of the modern metropolis. After being brutally murdered, a private investigator's corpse is transformed into 8 Man After--the only super-android vigilante who can bring the lawless to justice and return order to a city consumed by corruption and violence.« less
"In the near future, street gangs are hacking off their own limbs and replacing them with cybernetics...the draw back? They must pump themselves full of drugs that help them control the bond between flesh and cybernetics. When a private eye stumble across the plot of the Cybernetics corperation responsable for this, he is eliminated...and then turned into the 8man...the most perfect cyborg yet! The japanese version of Robocop, disguised as a superhero, well worth watching."
The best anime you'll ever come across
Aganar | USA | 06/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"8 Man After really doesn't seem like the type of anime that one would be interested in. Let's face it, the story is fairly typical. Man becomes cyborg, cyborg becomes crimefighter. Wow, that's original. Even more to the point is the fact that the story is the exact same story as Robocop. However, what most don't realize is that Robocop actually rips this off. Granted the 8 Man movie and this were made after, but the original manga was made long before. So, it's not fair to call the story cliched.The story starts out with a private detective names Hazama trying to get information on a man named Eddy Schmidt. Eddy stole valuable medical secrets from a company, and has begun to revolutionize the crime industry by using robotics to replace limbs and create a generation of powerful cyborg criminals. Hazama is nearly killed by a powerful cyborg named Tony Gleck, a person Hazama had previously "killed". On the verge of death the police give the authorization to put Hazama into a special suit, thus turning him into the 8 Man.What makes the movie so good is how well-done it is, even though it is very low-budget. It revolutionized the anime world with very popular camera techniques such as the single dot to represent someone moving really quickly, or the camera angle where a person catches some bullets then slowly drops them. The story always stays well paced, and never seems to fizzle out. And, if you've seen him, you will agree that 8 Man can make one hell of an entrance. Despite being quite gory, it managed to resist the urge to have the typical anime nudity (although it came quite close). Overall, it remains my favorite anime and one of the best out there, if not the best."
My all time favorite
Enigma20XX | Kinston, North Carolina United States | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a biased review, but so what? It was my first favorite anime, and still kicks ass to this very day. 8 Man is just awesome. Period. End of discussion."
8 Man Rocks
A Rogue | houston, texas United States | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well this was a blind pick for me before I ordered it. Hadn't seen on it on the sci-fi ch/ like some of you, just read the synopsis and the story sounded really cool, like an anime version of Robocop or something. Well its way better than Robocop, though I thoroughly enjoyed that movie as a kid. I was very impressed w/ the look of the piece, most directors don't use the purple haze back/foreground, that was cool. If you like cop-animes you will love this! If you want monsters/vampires you will hate it. It's actually very realistic? The story is just as engaging as the action, and theres lots of action. You may also like Goku: Midnight Eye, Psychic Wars, Psycho Diver, Black Jack and BioHunter. Bottom line it was 100+mins and it felt like 30? I wanted it to be longer, or have another separate feature. Hope they make a sequel. The price is well worth it, very good deal."
There's a reason why it's a cliche...
Jeremy P. Sunshine | Tucson, AZ USA | 02/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this movie does follow the "male/female with an identity crisis, get's killed and brought back/sacrifices human body for greater good, in a slightly futuristic Tokyo setting, which then leads to much blood shed and moral issues, brought about by death of a loved one/job as a cop" setting, but there is a reason why this is such a cliche. It works. Alot of the "must see" Anime follows this storyline. The difference between the mediocre Anime that uses this setting, and the really great anime that uses this setting, is that the good Anime's usually don't try to do all of these parts of the setting perfect, rather make one of the parts come through so blindingly strong that you can't help but like it, for the way it just reaches out and grabs you. In 8 Man After, it's the identity crisis and moral issues that are this strong, and i'd have to say that I can't think of any Anime Movies, and maybe two or three Anime Series, that rival it in just how well this is done. supporting this is the nice artistry, and of course, the sheer coolness of how 8 Man's powers work. this is not a movie you "kinda" like. this is one of those movies that you love, or hate."