This film will easily satisfy a moviefan who’d rather watch an anime DVD with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles (like yours truly), than to switch to the more comfortable English dialogue. Otherwise, it will disappoint you. It would also help if you’re not averse to loud noises, looking gears turn over, and over, and over.
Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. in the middle of the 19th century. Shortly before the first ever World Expo, a marvelous invention called the “Steam Ball”, behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door from his grandfather Roid in the U.S. Meanwhile the nefarious Ohara Foundation has sent men to acquire theSteam Ball so that they can use its power towards their own illicit ends [source]
I did, beforehabnd, have an impression that Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s Steamboy will fail to satisfy fans, who loved his work on Akira. However, Steamboy, being a bit ambitious and all, is still highly impressive and enjoyable despite its faults.