In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. 

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Set in 19th century England, Steamboy follows the adventures of a teenager with a real knack for mechanics, Ray Steam. He receives a strange metal ball from his inventor grandfather, Lloyd, who urges him to protect it at all costs from the evil O'Hara Foundation. They need the steam ball to control their mechanical monolith, the steam castle. It?s capable of providing energy to an entire country, and has the power to destroy it as well. Katsuhiro Otomo is clearly a perfectionist when it comes to creating the look and feel of his industrial Britain, but he really could have spent more time on the script. It's a rather conventional tale that relies on big explosions and good versus evil banter. While Steamboy is not going to be as groundbreaking as Akira was, it does cover similar territory, exploring the power of scientific knowledge and what happens when greed rules over morality.