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Appleseed (2004)
"Appurushîdo" (original title)

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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?


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Credited cast:
Ai Kobayashi ...
Deunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Briareos (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka ...
Hitomi (voice)
Asumi Miwa ...
Akimoto Tsubasa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elder (voice) (as Christopher Ayres)
Elder (voice) (as Frederick Bloggs)
Deborah Sale Butler ...
Scientist (voice)
Nike (voice)
Luci Christian ...
Deunan Knute (voice)
Uranus (voice)
Marty Fleck ...
Elder (voice)
Elder (voice) (as Russell Thor)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
Uranus (voice)
Gilliam (voice)


In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Humanity's last chance for survival.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Appleseed  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$180,945 (Japan) (16 April 2004)


$124,967 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the beginning of the movie, the bible is quoted. They use "Revelations 12:4" The book is actually called "Revelation" (no s at the end) See more »


Athena: What a creature is man, he would choose to cage himself so willingly?
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Remake of Appleseed (1988) See more »


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The most impressive animè in years
23 November 2004 | by (Oslo,Norway) – See all my reviews

I went to this movie with very high expectations, and after about 30 mins I knew this movie had already delivered.

I won't talk about the story (do a search on google if you want it spoiled) but I can say that the plot is interesting enough to keep the viewers attention. The pace of the movie feels very right, action scenes and slower character building scenes are vow en into each other without any of them feeling forced. Although the movie is not without cliché's, especially in some sentimental parts, they do not ruin the overall experience. I have not read the manga so I cannot comment on if it stays true to the source material.

Technically it's in a league of it's own. The 3d visuals were amazing, even on the low quality cinema I watched it in. The camera swoops in and out of the action and you end up just staring in awe at the screen. Designs and the attention to detail is incredible. What takes getting used to is the cell shading of the characters. Done to mimic 2d animation, the characters are not able to deliver the same amount of personality and emotions as the handrawn ones are. I wonder if it would look better with pure 3d characters ala Squares Advent Children. Sound effects were also excellent, and I thought the industrial techno soundtrack was very fitting.

All in all the most impressive anime movie I have seen so far, that is if it could be seen as an anime? The director was actually present at the screening I attended and he raised this question as well. Seeing as Appleseed was not made and does not look like any traditional anime at all why should it be considered as one? Maybe we are looking at a new genre in animated movies. If so the Appleseed has certainly set the new standards as to how it should be done.

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