Total # of Volumes: 1
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Genre: Science Fiction
Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Ratio
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Maki Taro & Miura Toru
Director: Hiroyuki Ochi
Character Designer: Hiroyuki Ochi
Music: Hiroyuki Namaba
Animation Director: Kunhiro Abe
Animation Studio: AIC
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Title: The Movie
Running Time: 90
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 1
1: The Movie
The film opens with Ross Syllabus, a cop from Earth, aboard a space liner bound for Mars. As he rests, he recalls a harrowing incident in which he was wounded and his partner killed. Meanwhile on Mars, Armitage, a Martian detective, is busy dealing with bank robbers.
But these are no ordinary thieves and neither is the cop chasing them. The crooks are cyborgs and ruthless, with no qualms about gunning down bystanders. Armitage easily dispatches them, in one case using her motorcycle as a weapon.
Back at the spaceport, Ross's ship has landed. Everyone rises to collect their baggage in preparation for disembarking the craft. But deep in the bowels of the ship, a mysterious figure wielding a guitar, breaks into the hold. His actions cause the landing craft to lurch and knocks the passengers to the floor.
The next scene finds Ross inside the terminal. He is bumped from behind by a group of bodyguards surrounding a tall, "rock star" looking man who is pulling a rolling suitcase. Ross calls out, "Watch it, buddy" but they pay him no mind. Ross turns away and resumes his waiting.
Suddenly, he hears a woman's voice command "Turn Around! Hands up!" At first, he is not sure if the woman is talking to him and he turns around. He sees a short woman in a very tight red leather outfit pointing a gun at the group of men he had just had a run-in with. "Take cover, detective", the woman advises.
The strange man tells his bodyguards to take care of the problem and continues on. The guards spin and attack. The woman shoves Ross out of the way and guns blaze. Watching from the side, Ross asks the bystanders if they have a gun but none do. The woman battles the thugs but she is outnumbered.
Ross rushes in and bare knuckle punches a goon. This frees up the lady and she fires two quick shots. One takes out the remaining guard and the other knocks the stranger down. When he falls, his suitcase spills open and reveals a dead woman inside. The mysterious fellow then pops up, holding a submachine gun. He sprays the terminal with bullets and leaps out a smashed window to make his escape.
The woman twirls a set of handcuffs on her finger and launches them towards the escaping gunman. They snap shut around one wrist as the killer lands in a waiting car below. Ross watches the action from a window and then sees the woman leap and land onto the same car. The vehicle then speeds off.
Back inside, Ross goes to examine the body. While he is doing this, the woman returns and introduces herself as Armitage, of the Martian police. She recognizes the victim as McCannon, the last of the country singers. Ross asks why Armitage is wearing such a provocative outfit for a cop and Armitage responds by teasing him. Ross doesn't take kindly to the teasing and then asks if the whole event was some kind of joke. Armitage asks why and Ross responds that the victim isn't even human but "a damn robot". This seems to touch a chord in Armitage and she becomes very quite.
Later, Ross, Armitage and the rest of the detective squad meet to discuss the events. It is revealed that the type of robot they had discovered was of a sort that had not been previously seen. It had a extremely sophisticated brain and completely organic skin and systems. The group find themselves facing the question, was it a substitute for McCannon or was it actually McCannon?
After the meeting adjourns, Armitage escorts Ross to his new home in a run down section of town. As they are settling in at the new place, Ross turns on the tv. On it, they see a video sent in by the killer. It depicts the murder of McCannon in graphic detail and proves that she had been a robot all the time. Other viewers react in horror and shock to the video.
The next morning, Ross jogs to work only to find that Armitage has already headed out without him. He catches up to her at the headquarters of a android manufacturer and they have a brief spat. But things are soon smoothed over and they head off in search of a bit to eat. For some reason, Armitage chooses a path that takes them through the heart of the red light district, where deprived men can find (or build) the sex toy of their dreams. Some of the losers even ogle Armitage as she hangs onto Ross's arm.
As they eat their snack, Ross tries to explain his resentment towards robots. He tells Armitage that he has chosen to dislike things that pretend to be human because as a human, he has that right. This upsets Armitage and she storms off. Ross gives chase and as it begins to dawn on him that Armitage maybe one of these robots, he is interrupted by an incoming email.
In the email, he hears the pleas of another "third" robot (which stands for third generation) who is being stalked by the killer. Ross dashes out to help her, leaving Armitage behind. As he is traveling, the killer goes on the television once again. He shows more killing and reveals to the nation the name of the woman who Ross is rushing to protect. Ross also notes that all of the victims are female.
By the time he arrives at her home, the place has been ransacked. The community has been whipped up into an anti-robot frenzy and is out for blood (or should it be oil?). The crowd has taken Jessica, the "third" robot Ross was rushing to protect, and has tossed her into a huge bonfire made of robots. As the poor creature dies, it fires off a last message, which finds it way to Armitage. Armitage receives the email, a list of the names of all of the thirds, and heads off.
Meanwhile, Ross has spotted the killer and gives chase.The chase leads into a church and Ross is shot in the leg by the killer. This dredges up memories of the previous time he was shot and his partner died at the hands of a cyborg. The killer approaches and tells Ross that he should thank him for the work he has done in removing the "stinking robots". Ross responds by kneeing the murderer. The killer is astonished to see that Ross can still move and take a vicious bite out of Ross's leg. This action reveals that Ross actually has a replacement leg and the killer laughs maniacally at the site.
It is then that they here a bell toll and a moment later, a huge crane comes crashing down on the rooftop terrace where they are standing. The killer leaps aside and Ross looks back to see Armitage standing atop the crane.Armitage then comes running down the crane and battles the killer. She defeats him and prepares to deliver the killing blow. But Ross stops her, reminding her that she is a cop first and a "third" second. Armitage then breaks down crying and asks why did humans bother to make her if they hate her so much and she then dives off the tower into the bay below.
Soon thereafter events occur that puts the suspicion on Armitage. Not only that she is a "third" but that she might be the killer. Ross sets out to find her and locates he in a park. Together try set out to find a person named "Pluto" who might hold the answers. When they find Pluto they are amazed to learn that the person is both a "third" and male.
He tells them that the answers they seek are in the national archive and threesome heads off. But they are tracked down by the killer and a battle breaks out. Ross is wounded badly but Armitage prevails. She leaves Ross with a phone and heads into the archive to learn the answers. Ross mutters "Lady, you are cold." to which Armitage responds by giving him a kiss and saying "I'll always be cold."
Inside the archives, Pluto (whose real name is Julian) locates the information. It reveals that the creator of Armitage and Julian also knew the killer, whose name is Dan-Claude. But Dan-Claude has been watching and infiltrates Julian's systems. He forces Julian to attack Armitage. Armitage manages to sever the connection but it is too late for Julian and he is killed.
Meanwhile, Ross was wounded more severely than originally thought and the doctors end up replacing about 50% of his body with robotics. He then learns that the thing that makes thirds different from all other robots and, more importantly, female, is the fact that they can become female. Armed with this knowledge, he returns to headquarters only to learn that the investigation has been closed. When he press for a reason, he told to drop the matter.
Soon thereafter Ross and Armitage reunite. They bury Julian and Ross discards his Emailer in disgust. Together they decide to assault the hospital in which they believe Dan-Claude is hiding.The hospital is heavily armed but that does not stop them. They blast their way through the guards and locate Dan-Claude. They rescue him but then ended up pitted against a huge robot that has Dan-Claude's face. They fight and Armitage is once again victorious. They also learn that Armitage's creator is still alive and living inside a dome in the country.
So, after receiving some help from a friend inside the department, Ross and Armitage head out in search of the dome. Along the way, Armitage tries to find out why Ross has been so willing to toss aside his career and more for her. But Ross does not want to talk about it. Soon enough they arrive at the dome.
At first it seems abandoned but then they discover a huge room filled with plants and a strange robot that is both plant and human. As they are looking around, they encounter another Dan-Claude but this one is well mannered and polite. It takes them to Dr. Asahura, Armitage's creator.But Dr. Asahura is no help. He has lost his mind and Armitage is crushed. Later that night, she sits depressed by the fire. Ross tries to cheer her and they end up making love.
Meanwhile, back in the city, the Mars government and the Earth government have entered into a trade agreement. It is this agreement that is the root cause of all of the killing. The modified Dan-Claude robot explains that the female thirds where created to solve Mars' reproductive problems but that the Earth government disapproved of them and made it a condition of the trade agreement that the thirds be destroyed. He then shows Ross and Armitage an unfinished "sister" to Armitage.
This upsets Armitage but she has little time to worry over it because they receive a message from their friends in the police force that an attack force is heading their way. Armitage goes and pleas with her "father" to flee but he refuses. She then pulls a gun and demands him to go. He smiles and says "my little Naomi". Armitage is so happy that her "father" seems to have awoken from his stupor that she leaps into his arms, where he shocks her unconscious with a stun gun.
When she awakes, she finds herself in a truck with Ross. Behind them, the dome is destroyed by a missile. They stop and get out to survey the damage. As a helicopter flies over, Armitage destroys and declares that she will make a stand here. Ross joins her and they arm for battle.
Armitage has received many weapons upgrades to her body, courtesy of Dr. Asahura. Among them are a pair of wings. She takes to the air and begins the fight. On the ground, Ross dons a suit of battle armor and weighs in to the brawl. The fight rages and is transmitted in fits across the media network. All of the robots watch transfixed by the images. In the end, Ross and Armitage prevail.
As they stand over the battlefield, Ross promises to find or create a place where they can live in peace together. Armitage responds by asking if their is room for three. The scene then shifts to the city where the feet of the populace trample a poster of McCannon that lies on the sidewalk. This is where the movie ends.