RoboCop 2 is one of those films with significant flaws but keeps you entertained throughout its runtime. Critics panned this dystopian cyberpunk sequel, but it has a great story and fantastic scenes. Seeing Alex Murphy, the cyborg police officer, as RoboCop in action is always a thrill, even if the film is less acclaimed than the original. RoboCop 2 has legions of fans; some have decided to pay homage to the film and make an anime version.
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The first RoboCop (1987) was a critical and financial success. Visionary director Paul Verhoeven showcased a film that tapped into many great themes. What does it mean to be half human and half machine? Can you be human if a computer controls your memories and thoughts?
Other essential elements of the film were its exploration of neoliberal capitalism, and the destructive corrosive force unchecked financial exploitation has on society. The film has villains, but the real villain is not a person; it is the company in charge of the city and the police department, Omni Consumer Products (OCP).
The film’s writer, Edward Neumeier, conceived the idea while working on the Blade Runner set (1982). Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, which deals with robots and humans, clearly influenced Neumeier. Paul Verhoeven used graphic violence in RoboCop as satire to comment on the American fascination with guns and violence. These and other powerful themes in the film proved to be a potent mix, making RoboCop one of the best sci-fi action films of the 80s and beyond.
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RoboCop 2 is significant as a sequel due to comic writer Frank Miller’s role as a scribe for the film. Miller was famous for his writing in Batman: Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil. RoboCop 2 was also the last time Peter Weller appeared in a live-action film as RoboCop. The film continues to show OCP’s shenanigans to destroy Detroit for financial gain and RoboCop’s efforts to stamp out crime.
The film’s special effects and action sequences were praised, but critics felt the film needed to focus on the story’s human element, Murphy’s conflict as half human, half machine. Instead, it focused mainly on gratuitous violence. In critic Roger Ebert’s words, “The movie’s screenplay is a confusion of half-baked and unfinished ideas.”
RoboCop 2: The Anime
The RoboCop franchise spawned toys, sequels, an animated series and a television show. Recently, AI users like YouTube’s AI Chan Show started showcasing AI-generated images using RoboCop. AI Chan Show uses Stable Diffusion and Photoshop to create images inspired by RoboCop 2.
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The results are inspiring, and AI Chan Show added voiceovers and animated some images to convey movement. The anime-style artwork looks excellent, and AI Chan’s storytelling makes the entire clip an impressive homage to the original film. If AI Chan’s work becomes more popular, perhaps Amazon, the owners of the RoboCop franchise, will notice and fund an entire film in anime.
Watch the RoboCop 2 anime video here.
- Robocop was an iconic 1987 dystopian sci-fi release.
- Robocop 2 was an inferior sequel, but it is still a fun film to watch.
- An anime remake of Robocop 2 is possible; AI users like the AI Chan Show have made clips paying homage to Robocop 2 in the anime style.
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