Steamboy and Steampunk

I just recently watched the fantastic anime, Steamboy, which I highly recommend. There were two things that initially drew me to Steamboy: it was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (of Akira and Memories fame) and it's steampunk. Steampunk is a sub-genre of a type of fiction that I really like; the term is derivative of cyberpunk but instead of being an imagining of where electronics will take us, it is an imagining of where steam power would have taken people of the industrial revolution. Steampunk is one of the many sorts of fiction based around the idea of applying a fantastic science fiction lens to some period of history. Another example of such a sub-genre that I'm quite partial to is Science fiction Westerns, which includes such great works as The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. There are a plethora of other such sub-genres and works, which I could yammer on about but it's time to get back to the central themes of this post, Steamboy and Steampunk. Steampunk does the truly wonderful job of creating all sorts of bizarre contraptions and machines that aren't science fiction because you could almost conceive them being built today, or even a century ago and then throwing these machines at you in all their glory, making you want to go out and construct them in your workshop, or for that matter, get myself a workshop to build stuff in. Steampunk is a genre that wows and, in this regard, Steamboy does not disappoint. The early devices one comes across in the movie are a little fantastical, but not the least bit beyond feasibility and for the most part, everything remains mostly within the realm of what could be done, though there are some elements that push things well beyond the pale. Ignoring the machines, the art is very well done and the story is quite good, though the central theme does get a little overfocused at times. All in all, Steamboy is a truly wonderful movie and you should all do yourselves the favor of watching it.