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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?


Shinji Aramaki


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ai Kobayashi Ai Kobayashi ... Deyunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi Jûrôta Kosugi ... Buriareosu (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka Yuki Matsuoka ... Hitomi (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Atena (voice)
Miho Yamada Miho Yamada ... Nike (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Uranosu (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Hadesu (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ... Yoshitsune (voice)
Ryûji Nakagi Ryûji Nakagi ... Shichiken rô Erekutoryuon (voice)
Fumio Matsuoka Fumio Matsuoka ... Shichiken rô Oionosu (voice)
Hirotake Nagata Hirotake Nagata ... Shichiken rô Kadomosu (voice)
Norihiko Kuwagaki Norihiko Kuwagaki ... Shichiken rô Guraukosu / Shichiken rô (voice)
Yoshiyuki Kaneko Yoshiyuki Kaneko ... Shichiken rô Deukarion (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa Ikuo Nishikawa ... Shichiken rô Hesutia (voice)
Takehiro Koyama Takehiro Koyama ... Shichiken rô Raiosu (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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Did You Know?


Initially licensed by Genenon, the film was dubbed into English by Animaze. When the license went to Sentai Filmworks several years later, they redubbed it using the voice cast from the sequel, Appleseed Ex Machina (2007). 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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Alternate Versions

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


Featured in Anime: Drawing a Revolution (2007) See more »


Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto
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User Reviews

Clichéd, slow and melodramatic, but worth it when it gets going

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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Release Date:

17 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,869, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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