The memories remain. One of those anime classics was Megazone 23 a serious mind f&*% anime before the Matrix was even conceived!
The plot goes something like this :
The events take place in a post-apocalyptic future. The story follows Shogo Yahagi, a delinquent motorcyclist whose possession of a government prototype bike leads him to discover the truth about the city.Shogo Yahagi lives in what appears to be 1980s metropolitan Japan. He meets Yui Takanaka and discovers her roommates are his friends Mai Yumekano and Tomomi Murashita. Shogo's old friend Shinji Nakagawa shows him a military prototype Garland motorcycle (labeled "Bahamut") that can reach over of 300 km/h. He barely escapes as Shinji is killed by unknown agents.
I remember stumbling back to my friend Andy's house in the 90s after watching this till about 4 am & getting our minds blown.. Publisher ADV has compared the series to The Matrix, but the Wachowski brothers have denied it was an influence during the development of the film series. Its actually lots more useful then the Matrix..
Megazone 23: Part II MZ-22 Maneuver Slave GR-2 Garand
Stats coming up tomorrow for Stats Without Numbers & Human Space Empires
The Cast of Characters
- Shogo Yahagi (矢作 省吾 Yahagi Shōgo )
- Yui Takanaka (高中 由唯 Takanaka Yui )
- Mai Yumekano (夢叶 舞 Yumekanō Mai )
- Tomomi Murashita (村下 智美 Murashita Tomomi )
- Eve Tokimatsuri (時祭 イヴ Tokimatsuri Ivu )
- Shinji Nakagawa (中川 真二 Nakagawa Shinji )
- Lieutenant Shiratori
- Eiji Takanaka
- Bishop Won Dai
- Yacob Halm
One character reveals the truth about the whole thing Bahamut is a supercomputer that controls the events in this world, and that they are actually living on a spaceship, and that the real time is actually 500 years in the future. Read about all the cork screw turns right Here
The anime plot could be transformed into a Mutant Future campaign very easily. Or it could be used for a Metamorphis Alpha game with very little change & a very large surprise at the end. The whole thing could be ported over to a Carcosa campaign for a real mind blow on the players. I don't recommend this though. You might get dice thrown at you.
Personally I've dug this out because I'm in the process of converting the MZ-22 Maneuver Slave GR-2 Garands over to Stars Without Number.
I used the entire anime as the basis for a Cyberpunk 2020 campaign back in the late 80s & early 90s. This blog entry is a result of those notes. Megazone 23 has connections to other animes & homages to movies in the background.
I still miss the comic shop Father & Sons down in Manchester Ct & Andy if your reading this give me a call man....