I am looking for an old anime movie from 30-40 years ago, which was released on VHS in Germany.

It was definitely Japanese style anime, definitely hand drawn. I think it was a sci-fi setting, because they were using strange weapons (exploding marbles). I am not exactly sure if it was dubbed in German, English or even if it was in Japanese. I am about sure it was not a series but instead a whole movie.

I barely know anything about it anymore, the only thing I remember clearly that there were three young boys, trying to escape from something on bikes/scooters? I think three young boys and one of them drops exploding marbles.

I can't get that out of my head, maybe someone has an idea what I watched at that time. Sorry for having not much information, I was like 6-7 and this is like 35 years back now.

Maybe the main protagonist was actually a girl, but I am not sure.

Edit: I am kinda sure that the anime style of the people was more like Captain Future and Queen Millenia. For years I actually thought it was Queen Millenia until I watched it and never found any of those scenes I remember. One of the kids were kinda chubby I think and I think they didn't start with weapons and somehow get them later.

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It might be Akira (1988)

Japanese anime, right period, hand drawn.

Here's a scene where three young men ride motorbikes. Another gang drop exploding "marbles", or smallish round bombs. (see at 2m40s).

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    No it was not Akira. The protagonists were clearly kids, not teenagers. And he really throws marbles and not a molotov coctail. Still a cool scene. Iam pretty sre he used that exploding marble thing more than once. It came out nearly the same time as Nausicaä in Germany, because i remember watching that,too. Commented Dec 4, 2022 at 21:41

It's possible that this could be: Galaxy Express 999.

After looking up Queen Millenia, I saw what it looked like and Googled 1970s anime list, which brought me to: this website. The blond person looks like Queen Millenia, it's scifi, there's some kids, and at least one matched your earlier description.

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    The style would match, ill look into it, and will give feedback if this was the anime iam searching for. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 9:47

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