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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ai Kobayashi ...
Deunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Briareos (voice)
Athena (voice)
Miho Yamada ...
Nike (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka ...
Hitomi (voice)
Yoshitsune (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
Uranus (voice)
Hades (voice)
Tadahisa Saizen ...
Kudoh (voice)
Emi Shinohara ...
Dr. Gilliam (voice)
Hirotake Nagata ...
Elder (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa ...
Seven Old Men (voice)
Ryûji Nakagi ...
1st Elder Electryon (voice)
Takehiro Koyama ...
Elder (voice)
Toshihiko Kuwagai ...
Elder (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:

JPY 62,189,982 (Japan), 18 April 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,818, 17 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tattoo on Briareos' left upper arm says "Cogito Ergo Sum", which is Latin for "I think, therefore I am." Strangely, Greek characters are used and not Roman. Also the first character is Gamma, but C would rather be transliterated as Kappa in Greek. It also has the dates 2096-2122, which are Briareos' date of birth and date of his "death" when he became a cyborg. See more »


After Briareos' weapon is sliced into pieces, he throws the weapon to the ground in one piece. 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 »


One Man Army
Music by T. Raumschmiere (as Marco Haas)
Performed by T. Raumschmiere
Produced by T. Raumschmiere (as Marco Haas)
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Clichéd, slow and melodramatic, but worth it when it gets going
2 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Appleseed simultaneously suffers from the worst Anime has to offer and benefits from the best animation and production a modern production can have. If you are a hardcore Manga fan (or just occasionally fond of it like me) you'll be aware of the most typical clichés, most of which make up the bulk of the Appleseed story.

So...we have a world set after WWIII, in which a Utopian Society has finally found peace. But there are still some people who cannot help but let their anger and bigotry take hold. Android/Clones with suppressed emotions help balance out Utopia and some even want to be fully-fledged humans. There are humans who hate these Androids and wish them to all die out. And there are some Android who hate humans and wish them to all die out. And finally, there is a big computer who runs everything.

Nothing there you haven't seen before huh? It also takes a while to build up momentum. Though when it does, the plot twists and turns and action scenes are truly exhilarating. The animation quality is breath-taking with seamless blending of hand-drawn, motion capture, CGI and 3D images. Style and plot-wise it is very, very similar to Sky Blue/Wonderful Days. But since they were in production at the same time one cannot accuse the other of plagiarism.

The sheer amount of technology and hardware in the movie will make you drool. There are loads of cool devices, futuristic inventions and awesome weaponry. There is also loads of atmosphere with gorgeous, gorgeous sunsets, storm-lashed oil rigs and wonderfully blue-sky-ed cityscapes with an environmentally friendly amount of trees everywhere.

The Matrix 'inspired' action can be a bit annoying sometimes. We've seen people diving through the air in slow motion will taking out supposedly highly-trained soldiers? And the music is kinda uninspiring. With contributions from Basement Jaxx and Paul Oakenfold one expected it to be a lot better.

When you take the good with the bad, Appleseed still comes out as worthwhile and enjoyable. If your new to Anime then you can forgive the clichés, if your a big fan then you'll be awe-struck by the impressive production values.

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