I remember watching a Japanese anime movie on [adult swim] years ago about a group of children wandering around a city that resembles Tokyo, with lion statues and torii. I've looked through this list but none of the movies listed match what I remember. For a long time, I thought the name of the movie was Battle Royale, but I later learned this was false. I think the reason I believed the name was Battle Royale was because it seemed like a version of The Warriors with children.

I believe that I saw this movie sometime between 2005 and 2008. Other than the possible plot of the children being sent out into an empty city, I don't remember much more of the plot. My most vivid memory of the movie is two children under a lion statue with a torii in the background.

Most of the movie was red. It seemed like most of the buildings and objects except for the children were red.

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  • Can you tell us more about the story? And giving us a time frame to work with would also be good. In fact, any little detail you can add would help. – System Down Sep 24 '13 at 22:45
  • I added what more details I could. – NobleUplift Sep 25 '13 at 1:04
  • This sounds a bit like Tekkonkinkreet. – Krazer Sep 25 '13 at 2:08
  • It has very similar art style! I remember the art style being somewhere between Spirited Away and that. – NobleUplift Sep 25 '13 at 15:32

The movie, if I'm not mistaken, was a Halloween special that aired once and then never again called Kakurenbo aka Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek.

A young boy named Hikora enters the ruins of a forbidden city with a group of other children to play "Otokoyo" (a game of hide-and-seek where the players are said to be kidnapped by ghosts and demons) to find his missing sister. - IMDb

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  • That moment when this user is actually right! I'm 95% certain that this is the answer to my question. I'll be watching Kakurenbo over the weekend to be sure. – NobleUplift Sep 11 '15 at 16:10

As you've also tagged this as , I'd like to suggest that you might have watched an episode of Dennou Coil (aka Cyber Coil). It is from 2007 and features children running around in a virtual world. I can distinctly remember a scene in a temple with a torii.

a Japanese science fiction anime television series depicting a near future where semi-immersive augmented reality (AR) technology has just begun to enter the mainstream. The series takes place in the fictional city of Daikoku, a hotbed of AR development with an emerging city-wide virtual infrastructure. It follows a group of children as they use AR glasses to unravel the mysteries of the half real, half Internet city, using a variety of illegal software tools, techniques, and virtual pets to manipulate the digital landscape.

I'm not sure about the red tint. But the animation does sometimes carry an other-worldly feel to it. Here's some artwork:

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  • Sounds like Fractale. I'll look into this when I have a chance. – NobleUplift Sep 25 '13 at 19:25

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