Best 5 Sci-Fi Movie Anime Of 2003 Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

They’re the best Anime that 2003 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Elysium, Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjou no Himitsu, Tetsuwan Atom: Ivan no Wakusei – Robot to Ningen no Yuujou, and more!

5: Elysium

Japanese:
MAL Score: 5.33
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In In the year 2113 A.D., a team of scientists is dispatched to Antarctica to investigate the region’s abnormal seismic activity. Near the epicenter of the activity, the expedition discovers vast land markings akin to the Nazca paleoglyphs drawn in the Peruvian desert. Stranger still is the presence of an enormous underground cavern below these symbols. At the bottom of the chasm, a portion of a tremendous tower juts from the ground. Armed with ultra-digital cameras, the scientific team transmits their findings to the Command Center. One explorer traces the image of a star chart engraved on the tower’s exterior. The tower begins to emit a sinister howling as if possessed by demonic forces. One by one, the members of the expedition writhe in pain and die. Those observing the scene at the Command Center watch helplessly. As the high-frequency noise suffuses their headquarters, they too succumb and die in agony. When the waves of the frequency are analyzed, they are discovered to be a beacon directed at the planet Elysium, which lies beyond Earth’s solar system.

Van, the reluctant hero of the story, is an 18-year-old pizza delivery boy in Manhattan. He competes in the most popular sport of the 22nd century — turbo jai alai racing. These races are fast paced and deadly affairs that integrate virtual reality into the competition. He’s deeply in love with Lydia, a talented ballerina. In the chaotic futuristic metropolis, they only have each other and their dreams. Van and Lydia desperately want the chance to escape the polluted city-scape. Despite the dangers, Van enters a turbo jai alai race in the hopes of winning first prize — two tickets to a galactic resort where Lydia can audition for the Jupiter Ballet.

Meanwhile, earth’s deep space observation vessel, the Odyssey, patrols the planet’s orbital perimeter. The Odyssey is confronted by an armada of sophisticated alien spacecraft from Elysium. The awed human crew prepares to receive the Elysian ambassador, Yaspe. Without warning, the Odyssey loses control of its weapons, fires on the ambassador’s vessel and destroys it. This tragic misunderstanding results in brutal retaliation by the Elysian fleet, culminating in the destruction of the Odyssey and a full-scale attack on Earth.

Van’s deadly sport of choice turns deadlier when the stadium he is competing in comes under fire from the Elysian barrage. Van struggles through the chaos on his turbo-cycle to rescue Lydia from the collapsing stands. The indiscriminate Elysian onslaught scorches cities worldwide. Van and Lydia flee through the burning streets of Manhattan seeking safety. After a series of harrowing escapes, they find refuge in a claustrophobic fall-out shelter.

(Source: AniDB)

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4: Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjou no Himitsu

Japanese: 鉄腕アトム アトム誕生の秘密
MAL Score: 6.17
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Doctor Tenma, chief of the Ministry of Science, brought a digital brain genome from an aircraft. Doctor Tenma begins a trip to Mars, then combines the genome with a robot. Doctor Tenma’s son, Tobio, who had died in a traffic accident, has been revived.

(Source: AstroBoy Online)

3: Tetsuwan Atom: Ivan no Wakusei – Robot to Ningen no Yuujou

Japanese: ASTRO BOY 鉄腕アトム特別編 イワンの惑星~ロボットと人間の友情~
MAL Score: 6.26
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Another Tetsuwan Atom Movie that was shown in the Tezuka Osamu World Cinema in Tokyo until it was closed in 2011.

(Source: AniDB)

2: RahXephon: Tagen Hensoukyoku

English: RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio
Japanese: ラーゼフォン 多元変奏曲
MAL Score: 7.02
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Ayato Kamina was separated from the girl he loved, Haruka Mishima, when an event occurred that was thought to have killed everyone outside of Tokyo. But one day three years later, invaders suddenly attacked the city. It was then that he meets an agent of TERRA, Haruka Shitow, who tells him that she will give him the truth about the world. It is the beginning of a series of strange events, which involve him activating a giant mecha, the RahXephon and finding out that many people, including his own mother, has blue blood, and that he was actually living in a self-encased dimension where time moves slower than that of the outside world.

(Source: ANN)

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1: Wonderful Days

English: Sky Blue
Japanese:
MAL Score: 7.03
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Set in 2142, Wonderful Days depicts a world that has been nearly destroyed by environmental pollution. Human life as we know it is almost extinct, and only a few were able to pull through the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem. In order to deal with the chaos, a city named Ecoban was created. The city uses the very pollution that caused the disaster as an energy source.

However, although the initial plan was successful to an extent, it didn’t just create a new source of energy, but also an elite group of people. This prestigious faction believes that they are above the system, and are not willing to accept survivors from outside the city unless they are put to work as laborers.

Among the people living in the wasteland outside Ecoban is a young man named Shua. He leads a very difficult life, but tries to make the most of it through the love that he feels for his childhood friend Jay. Unfortunately, Jay may be more interested in her security commander Cade than in Shua, and thus a love triangle is formed. Not only does Shua have to deal with the heartbreak, but he must also find a new way to survive in the crumbles left from the once-beautiful planet Earth.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Wonderful Days
2. RahXephon: Tagen Hensoukyoku
3. Tetsuwan Atom: Ivan no Wakusei – Robot to Ningen no Yuujou
4. Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjou no Himitsu
5. Elysium

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