The future, probably Japan.
Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it’s become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance – indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android’s head – has lead some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as “android-holics,” such people have become a social problem.
Rikuo (Jun Fukuyama), a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family’s household android.
Rikuo and his friend Masaki (Kenji Nojima) trace Sammy’s (Rie Tanaka) movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule that “humans and robots are to be treated the same” . .
This movie is a collection of 6 episodes all grouped together into a single movie. From animation perspective this movie is top class, the animation was flawless and there was plenty of eye candy to look at it. The thing that surprised me was the plot. I usually watch fast paced anime movies from time to time but for a movie filled with dialogues and discussions it was unexpectedly good.
After watching this anime you do question certain things and since it's science fiction I don't think you will have any problem doing just that. The idea that the androids would be able to walk freely and have some freedom isn't new but this movie takes a different approach and uses short acts to get the point across.
In the end you just want to take the leap of faith and see where things end up. If you're into science fiction and drama, watch this anime. If I reveal more you might get mad at me.
EDIT: From reddit
By donsolo: I view the movie as sort of a directors cut compared to the story told in the episodes, and when recommending this to anyone I suggest they watch them individually then the movie if they enjoyed those. It's amazing how much a couple of minutes of extra material add to the story and you miss out on that if you only watch one version.
Plus, you know, it's almost criminally short, and worth viewing twice anyways.
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