Could someone please help me identify this anime? A few years ago, I remember watching an anime short? about some robots building a bridge autonomously. A man is sent out to investigate why the bridge hasn't been completed. I think I remember the name being something along the lines of: The delay/construction of bridge (Japanese name).
What type of anime was it? I think it was a just a one time feature film.
Where did you watch it? Youtube.
What was the year of production? Not sure, but I think it was late 90's or early 2000's.
What's the genre? Sci-Fi, robots building a bridge with an AI capable of talking and understanding a human as well as other high level reasoning.
Setting? Futureish, it seemed like it would be not too far in the future since the machines were all completely autonomous.
Key spoiler points I remember:
The "foreman" robot was malfunctioning badly, and would send machines to do work they were not designed for, but claimed it would be more efficient. It also would bring the man food, however it started to slowly put non-edible items in the food. At the end, the inspector is locked in his room for delaying the robot from doing its job.
Edit: Was it only robots? Was it mechas (giant robots piloted by humans)? Was there humans? These were not Mecha style robots, and there was, (from what I remember) only one human in the movie. There may have been some at the very beginning and end, but pretty much only one human. One foreman robot and a number of labor robots.
How big? How did they look? The foreman was a humanoid robot, in both size and general shape. The rest were the size of the machinery that they represented, so bulldozer size or thereabouts.
Another point I kinda remember is that others were sent to investigate the bridge, but hadn't made it back. Some of them left clues as to what was going on, but the foreman didn't/couldn't read them.