What are the best steampunk anime?

Steampunk is a widely used design in Japanese animation. If you've seen steam-powered machinery, geared robots & weapons, and mechanical aircraft & automobiles, chances are those are steampunk. Anonymous asks what are the best steampunk anime shows and movies. Add one if you know one!

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    #1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The story follows two brothers' quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt at human transmutation goes horribly wrong.

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    Joshua Hoffman
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Fullmetal Alchemist is a great anime. I'm not entirely sure that it's really steampunk though. It's definitely not the best steampunk anime out there either, even if it is steampunk. Futuristic? Yes. Steampunk? Probably not. "
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    In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. Steamboy is a 2004 steampunk anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo ('Akira').


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    Julie Graham
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "If you are a fan of anime and steampunk (especially seeing what they can create as far as technology) era, this is definitely something that you could love. Seeing the creations in the background (and also foreground) is true to the nature of the genre, and you also won't be disappointed with the action sequences used in this anime!"
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    #3Fullmetal Alchemist

    Fullmetal Alchemist
    Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series that follows the adventures of the Elric brothers in their search for the Philosopher's Stone, after performing a forbidden human transmutation that makes them lose their bodies. 
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    Parakram Chatterjee
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "I saw a couple of episodes of this series and really liked it. So, when I looked it up and found how much it cost, I was shocked. This might be a really good series but the price they are asking for it is outrageous. I can't see paying that much for something that will provide such a limited time of enjoyment. "


The steampunk aesthetic harkens back to the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variation of cyberpunk, coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who wanted to use an original term to describe the style of the worlds he had created in Morlock Night and Infernal Devices. In its purest essence, steampunk is Victorian science fiction, the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life, and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers. The style is evident in films like The City Of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Hugo by Martin Scorsese, Brad Silberling's A Series Of Unfortunate Events and Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpieces Howl’s Moving Castle and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Recently the style was showcased in Mortal Engines, the 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film that disastrously tanked commercially.

Three of the most recognizable design aspects of this science fiction subgenre are steam (obviously), gears and goggles. Steam engines are a vital aspect of life in a steampunk world. Steam more generally signifies a world in which steam technology is both dominant and prolific. The gear is not exactly unique to the genre. In steampunk, it joins related devices such as flywheels and pistons as the “power lines” of the steam age. Finally, goggles are frequently encountered in steampunk clothing and imagery. They are associated with both science and mechanized travel, both of which are common themes in steampunk. The genre has a longlasting appeal. Some people are drawn to it from a love of the Victorian period. Others enjoy steampunk’s unique approach to technology. Many people are drawn to it in light of its fashion aspects. Whatever the reason, steampunk is here to stay. 

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    #4Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2004 directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. This steampunk movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name released in 1986 written by Diana Wynne Jones.


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    Elizabeth Jordan
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "This is a Japanese Anime film. It is a story about a girl working in a hat shop who is swept of her feet by a wizard named Howl. She is cursed and turned into a 90 year woman and they try to break the spell. She loves and supports Howl which causes him to try to bring peace to their Kingdom."
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    #5Samurai 7

    Samurai 7

    Samurai 7 is a 2004 action/anime television series set in a futuristic world, produced by Gonzo and based on Akira Kurosawa's highly regarded 1954 movie Seven Samurai. 

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    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Samurai 7 is a 7 disk boxed set of steampunk anime available from Amazon.com. It is based on the 1954 Seven Samurai by Akia Kurosawa. It only has 30 reviews on Amazon but it did receive an average of 4.5 stars. If you are into Anime this is a fairly good one. It is kind of hard to say it is one of the best though with such a small following."
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    #6Last Exile

    Last Exile

    Last Exile is a Japanese animated television series created by Gonzo. This steampunk action/adventure anime, which is set in a somewhat futuristic Imperial age. It follows the adventures of Claus and Lavie, two Vanship messengers who happened to take on a dangerous 7 star mission to transport a girl to a legendary mercenary ship (Silvana).

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    Kathy McDonald
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "I love to watch anime, especially Steampunk Anime. My friend recommended Last Exile. I couldn't get into it at all. It was incredibly boring and not at all representative of Steampunk in general. Although I love the studio, Gonzo, I did not like this offering of theirs at all. The animation quality was not very good, either. I just found it to be very boring and I wouldn't recommend it at all."
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    #7Future Boy Conan

    Future Boy Conan

    After the world is nearly destroyed by a war, a young boy and his friends must fight to save the world from those who seek to conquer what is left of civilization. Future Boy Conan is a classic anime series directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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    Christine Valdez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Although this is a very interesting anime, it is not steampunk. Steampunk is Victorian sci-fi whereas this one is more like colonial sci-fi. If you are looking for steampunk anime then you would be better off trying Fullmetal Alchemist. "
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    Bleach is an anime series that is based on Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. It follows Ichigo as he becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping spirits find peace.

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Best What are the best steampunk anime
1Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 26 Paid
2SteamboyMovies 22 Paid
3Fullmetal AlchemistTV Shows 19 Paid
4Howl's Moving CastleMovies 11 Paid
5Samurai 7TV Shows 6 Paid
6Last ExileTV Shows 6 Paid
7Future Boy ConanTV Shows 4 Paid
8BleachTV Shows 0 Paid

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