[[caption-width-right:250:Not much changed in the future.]]

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 Creator/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.

* {{Adorkable}}: Takeru becomes this whenever he's around Ao.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Ao, whose race is never explicitly stated (but is most likely Florida Seminole).
* 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".
* ArtShift: Eden and the Moon are, for the most part, crisply-rendered CGI environments. Earth, on the other hand, features extensive hand-painted backgrounds and a generally more organic feeling.
* 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.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Ao (well, more like braids, beads, and Daisy Dukes).
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Eden base after the disaster.
* CelShading
* [[CoolBike Cool Trike]] - No Otomo project would be complete without one.
* 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.]]
* FanDisservice: At one point, Takeru and Biz end up in full-body alien costumes that are just a little too tight. Awkwardness ensues.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Language is generally milder in the English translation - i.e. ''kuso'' ("shit") is translated as "dang".
* InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace: Canaveral is a grouping of just about every ethnicity, and this is clearly beginning to happen with their children.
* 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]].
** [[spoiler: Well, at least nobody dies of anything other than old age.]]
* 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?
* PurpleIsPowerful: Ao's jewelry.
* 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!]]
* RecycledInSpace: This series has often been called "''[[Film/LogansRun Logan's Run]]'' in space".
** Episode 6 has invited comparisons with ''Anime/OhEdoRocket'', though the overall tone couldn't be more different.
* RoadTripPlot: 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.
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Takeru's time on Earth can be seen as parallel to Moses' time in the desert (see also ''Disney/TheLionKing'').
** Likewise, Takeru's [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} arrival from a distant world and subsequent romance with a Native American girl]].
* SceneryPorn: This entire series is downright stunning to look at, but ''especially'' when we reach Earth.
* ShirtlessScene: Takeru gets one in Episode 7, on account of being quarantined.
* 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]].
** The Apollo 18 mission patch shows the astronauts' names as "[[Music/{{Rush}} Lee/Lifeson/Peart]]". Furthermore, [[spoiler: one of these astronauts is Ao's father]].
** On at least one occasion, Takeru's bike does the classic sideways brake from ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''.
-->'''Kazuma''': "TAAAKEEEERUUUU!"
* SpiderTank
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Anime/{{Dallos}}'' -- both works are about revolutions led by youth in colonies on the far side of the Moon. The bracelets of Eden are analogous to the headbands of Monopolis, and seeing the Earth for the first time is a climactic event in both stories. ''Freedom'' offers more closure and a detailed look at conditions on Earth.
* 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]].
* WindowsOfTheSoul: Ao spends much of her screen time as a ShrinkingViolet. Her absolutely fierce eyes, however, tell a very different story.
* YouAreNumberSix: Eden's government refers to people by their name and serial number.