Released in 1987. Earlier work by Masamune Shiro
, perhaps better known these days as the creator of Ghost in the Shell
or the less successful Appleseed
This had the honor of being the first anime I saw, at the age of 13. I was enthralled - mainly by the possibilities of animation in the hands of an adult imagination. Until I saw this, I had thought cartoon characters were supposed to whack each other with mallets, not disembowel each other with their fists. Now I know better.
It's a modestly interesting take on the berserk, homicidal robot story, set in a Blade Runner-esque future. Shiro shows a wonderful attention to visual and thematic detail, which shines through what is basically the japanese equivalent of Terminator - another wonderful berserk robot B-movie. And if you think about it, there are actually a number of similarities between his and James Cameron's work.
Two androids are hijacked in transit and crash in a park. They happen to be carrying a "test program" that involves hunting down and killing the (cute 16 year old) daughter of their (whiny, ridiculous, cyclonic-eyed) inventor. The military is pretty sharp, and they manage to stop one of them fairly quickly (too bad for the 40-50 guys that get lasered, karate-chopped in half, and fragmentation grenaded in the process), but the other one escapes, and trails the anime chick to a downtown cafe, where a rogue journalist who happened onto the story decides to try to save her life, and in a fairly dramatic and well-paced finale, does.
If you have the choice, skip the dubbed version and go for the subtitles. The voice acting is awful.