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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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Shirow Masamune (comic) (as Masamune Shirow), Haruka Handa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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

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

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Humanity's last chance for survival.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Appleseed See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,869, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:

$129,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,464,651
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 2131. See more »

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When Briareos' weapon is sliced into pieces, the places where the gun is cut can be seen before the cuts are made. See more »

Quotes

Deunan: We have to believe that life is what we make of it!
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-released on Blu-ray by Sentai Filmworks with an all new English dub in 2010. See more »

Connections

References Ghost in the Shell (1995) See more »

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Hand to Phone (Appleseed version)
Words & Music by MILLER/KUPERUS/CRAIG
Performed by Carl Craig vs. Adult.
Produced by Carl Craig vs. Adult.
COURTESY OF 2003 PLANET E COMMUNICATIONS INC.
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Pretty cool
6 August 2006 | by MrVibratingSee all my reviews

With nice cel-shaded graphics and fantastic CGI in a nice blend, Appleseed will not disappoint the eye. There is enormous attention to detail, reflections, shading and other small things. Many of the scenes, especially involving the giant city complex, could have worked as art if you froze the frame.

The story is pretty unoriginal though, which is a shame. I won't tell you anything, but it's likely you'll see references from a wild collection of sources. Characters have varying depth, and some felt like they needed a bit of fleshing out. Lip-sync was so-so and the same goes for most of the voices(in Japanese).

Music is cool and futuristic, with a few surprises thrown in(Basement Jaxx? What the?) and fits the scenes nicely. Sound follows the same pedantic attention-to-detail pattern as the animations. The action is very, very cool, even though it's not a pure action fest.

While the storyline doesn't feel too much like Manga, the animation really is. Manga eyes can be bugging, but it was OK. The transformer-esquire mechs where really cool even though they were very similar(then again, I've never watched Transformers).

So, in closing, is this worthwhile? Sure. It's storyline is not so complex you need to scratch your head, like other anime(Akira or Final Fantasy), and the animation is a feast to the eyes. Give it a try.


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