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The ''Freedom Project'' was created to celebrate Nissin Cup Noodles' 35th anniversary in 2006. The centerpiece of the project was a 7-part OVA released throughout that year. The character and mechanical designs for the project were done by KatsuhiroOtomo of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' fame.

Centuries in the future, [[ColonyDrop the space station Freeport dropping on Earth]] sets off a chain of events that renders the planet uninhabitable. The last survivors of humanity are the domed city of "Eden" on the far side of the Moon, which was established as a base for {{Terraforming}} Mars -- the project is abandoned, and the city's leadership turns its focus inward. Eden becomes a self-supporting city-state able to support its population in comfortable, albeit micro-managed, lives.

Takeru, a rebellious boy sentenced to community service outside Eden's dome after an accident in a quasi-legal motor-vehicle race, witnesses something crash on the moon's surface. Among the wreckage, he finds a photograph of a young girl and a bunch of children, with a message written on the back saying that "We are safe. Is anybody out there?". Takeru becomes obsessed with the girl, and eventually realizes that the pictures were taken on Earth, despite Eden's ruling council insisting that the Earth is still a wasteland. Takeru decides to go to Earth himself, at any cost.

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!!Tropes:
* ArcWords: "Freedom" -- besides the obvious meaning, it's used as a ShoutOut to NASA's Freedom 7[[note]]Alan Shepard's Mercury capsule used for the United States' first manned space mission[[/note]]. It also becomes significant as [[spoiler:the name for the crews of the post-apocalyptic Apollo missions and the mothballed Mars colony ships hidden within Eden colony.]] Similarly, "Apollo".
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Everyone in Eden, young or old, wears a bracelet that tracks them and issues official warnings. Then there are the security cameras and the monitoring of Web searches.
* BlackHelicopter: Eden's Council has Black Shuttlecraft that it sends out when Takeru and Kazuma steal a rover to see the Earth for themselves.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Eden base after the disaster.
* CelShading
* [[CoolBike Cool Trike]]
* CoolOldGuy: Alan.
* CozyCatastrophe: The Earth's seen better days when Takeru and Biz arrive, but most people seem to be handling it with a smile.
* DomedHometown: Eden.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Takeru goes to great lengths for a girl he's only seen in a photo.
* {{Eagleland}}: Subverted -- Americans are the most friendly, helpful people you could ever hope to meet when they have ''no money or government''.
* EarthThatWas[=/=]ScavengerWorld
* EvolvingCredits: The opening sequence changes in the fourth episode to reflect Takeru and Biz's escape to Earth, along with revealing Ao's face.
* {{Expy}}: Takeru looks and acts very much like Kaneda from ''AKIRA''.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Kazuma, after being left behind while Takeru and Biz left for Earth, managed to become an elite member of Eden's council, and takes charge of capturing Takeru once he returns to the Moon. However, he was trying to get into position to change Eden's society from the inside, and secretly takes steps to help LaResistance free his old friend and escape with the Freedom-series spaceships.]]
* LighterAndSofter: The protagonist and his buddies get involved with some dangerous bike races. They also end up opposing the military and the government. However, [[Manga/{{Akira}} nobody dies or gets any part of his body shot-up or exploded]].
* MessageInABottle: "Earth is well. See you soon."
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: 5.5) [[Mohs/SpeculativeScience Futurology]].
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Many of the residents of Earth.
* ProductPlacement: This miniseries was explicitly created to promote Nissin Cup Noodles. ''It shows''.
** ParanoiaFuel: If there supposedly isn't any contact between Eden and Earth, why are Cup Noodles readily available in both places?
* RagnarokProofing: [[spoiler:Ao's town at Cape Canaveral in Florida is able to put together a small rocket that can carry message capsules all the way to the moon's surface each year. They were even able to assemble and launch kitbashed Saturn V rockets with passenger-rated capsules... twice! The second one even ''launched'' successfully!]]
* RoadMovie: After crash-landing in Las Vegas, Takeru and Biz drive 2400 miles to get to Cape Canaveral. They make the journey with [[CosyCatastrophe no problems whatsoever]] thanks to Nissin Cup Noodles.
* ShoutOut
** In the prologue, they show a futuristic motorbike repair shop called Film/{{Moonraker}}, where Takeru builds (or rather, modifies an old model he apparently found in a scrapheap) the trike he uses throughout the series [[spoiler:and eventually even takes with him to Earth]].
* SpiderTank
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Eden's Council ignores the Earth's revival and maintains totalitarian control over its people out of a desire to avoid the mistakes they believe led to Earth being destroyed in the first place.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:Takeru and Kazuma]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Eden's government refers to people by their name and serial number.
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