I am looking for an anime about guy with a unique robotic arm. I remember a part where some dude steals a crystal, which later causes him to transform into something. I think and he is getting chased by some sort of force, I'm assuming the police, and he runs into the main character who has a robotic left arm and uses it to fight him then breaks it. After that, he is hired by the force after talking to his master/employer? Sorry if this is not clear

  • Could it be Invasion America, as asked in this question?: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/150912/… Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 23:00
  • Possibly Akira or Trigun. Given the real lack of clarity in memory I wonder if it isn't the latter- Vash has a robot arm and at one point fights the dude who has his old arm attached, which gives him control over Vash.
    – Broklynite
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 23:27
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    @Aflexity Was the show set in a modern day urban environment? Or more of a wild-westish vibe?
    – Steve-O
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 0:40
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    Full metal alchemist? Ed has a metal arm, and the priest in Liore uses a crystal (fake philosopher's stone) to power his magic which results in self transformation. Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 9:49

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It sounds like it could be Full Metal Alchemist. There are bad guys using crystals and that transform, the main character has a mechanical arm, the army is an important force in the story and the main character works for them, at some point he gets into a fight with one a guy that's on the run from the army and he breaks the arm.

Edward and Alphons

Edward's arm

Scene (in FMA:Brotherhood, though there's a similar one in the 2003 version) where the main characters get into a fight with the guy on the run from the army, and he destroys the main character's mechanical arm: (actual breakage at 3:00 or so)

US Region YouTube Link - above link is region blocked

  • Can you quote some parts that make it similar/provide clips?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 14:58
  • I'm not sure I understand, didn't I do just that ? I can add a link to a youtube video of the scene where Scar destroys Edward's arm I guess.
    – Oosaka
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 15:16
  • That's better, just means the OP or other people don't have to go youtube hunting themselves :)
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 15:19
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    Both video links are dead (account got removed, so this isn't, I think, a country-based restriction)
    – Jenayah
    Commented Oct 31, 2020 at 14:42

Perhaps its the Cobra anime. It's had a few animated adaptations. The clip below is a remake, while the original TV series is from the 80s.

Prologue: Using his Psychogun, Cobra take care of three bounty hunters in an alley who plan to capture him. On the planet Mars, scantily dressed Professor Utopia Moore examines the remains of a fossil snail and sand whale skeleton. In New York, Cobra visits the Ancient Martian Art Gallery and research center dressed as a minister. Once inside he proceeds to steal a heavily protected diamond. Meanwhile Professor Moore examines her fossil snail data from Mars. Just as Cobra is about to steal the diamond two Pirate Guild space ships materialize in the walls of the building and begin attacking and killing the staff. Their leader, Gypsy Doc, confronts Professor Moore and demands the fossil snail data, but Cobra rescues her and they make their way to the rooftop. Just as they are about to escape in a helicopter, Cobra loses the diamond and the pilot is shot. She accuses him of being a thief but he still manages to get them both to safety. Intrigued why the Pirate Guild want the fossil snail data, Cobra intercepts Professor Moore when her research crew return to Mars.


Following @Steve-O's clue, maybe you're thinking of The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers?

It's American-Japanese, drawn anime-style. Their leader has a robotic arm and one of the team could transform into other life forms as needed.


s-cry-ed is an anime about a future police force with various psychic powers. The main character has a robot-ish arm.

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    It would be helpful for you to explain the parallel universe Crystal thing. That could help the original asker determine whether this is indeed the same. Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 21:31
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    Any screenshots would also be very helpful! Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 21:39

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