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Appleseed (1988)

Appurushîdo (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Crime | Video 20 October 1993
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In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.

Director:

Kazuyoshi Katayama

Writers:

Kazuyoshi Katayama (screenplay), Shirow Masamune (manga) (as Masamune Shirow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Katsuki ... Dunan (voice)
Yoshisada Sakaguchi ... Bularios (voice)
Toshiko Sawada ... Athena (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Karon (voice)
Mayumi Shô ... Hitomi (voice)
Nobuo Iwamoto Nobuo Iwamoto ... AJ (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa Kumiko Takizawa ... Nike (voice)
Yûji Mitsuya ... Yoshi (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... Nereus (voice)
Mika Doi ... Fleia (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Bronx (voice)
Masayuki Omoro Masayuki Omoro ... Anchor (voice)
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Cop (voice)
Kenichi Ono Kenichi Ono ... Cop (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto Yôsuke Akimoto ... Newsman (voice)
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Storyline

Officer Deunan Knute and her cyborg partner Briaros Hecatonchires must prevent terrorists from gaining control of the Olympus city computer and causing massive chaos. As they fight to stop the terrorists and preserve their society, the question of who is actually in the right--their society, or the "terrorists"--continues to arise. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Urban combat in the city of dreams. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Appleseed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The region 1 DVD includes a hidden music video. To access it, go to the DVD's Main Menu go to the "Special Features" section and there highlight the menu entry that says "Main Menu". Now press your Right button and the highlight on the screen will disappear altogether. Press your Enter button now and you will get to see a hidden trailer/music video for Appleseed. See more »

Goofs

The grave that has flowers on it says "Christpher" when it should say "Christopher". See more »

Quotes

Deunan: It was a hologram!
Brialeos Hecatombcales: Sure was! Pretty crap one too!
Deunan: It really gets on my tits that she wouldn't see us face to face.
Brialeos Hecatombcales: Yeah, too good to come into close contact with us humans.
Deunan: So I suppose we follow her orders just like she said.
Brialeos Hecatombcales: Sure. No turning back now!
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Alternate Versions

The version aired on Syi-Fi's Ani-Monday censors the profanity. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sci-Fi Channel Saturday Anime (1995) See more »

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Crystal Celebration
Performed by Risa Yuuki
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Simpel but good cyberpunk anime
24 January 2014 | by wataru-7See all my reviews

Appleseed is an anime based on Masamune Shirows manga of the same name before he became famous with Ghost in the Shell in the mid nineties. Being released just before Akira it got unfavorably compared with the latter and could never hope to reach the bar that was set so high by Katsuhiro Otomo's creation.

This is in fact the first installment of the Appleseed franchise although there is a gap of 16 years between this OVA and the 2004 movie.

Although this 1 hour OVA never covers the entire manga, in terms of plot and story it still does a good job albeit the story being kept rather simple. Nevertheless the philosophical and political tropes of Shirow are well dealt with albeit not so deep as in Ghost in the Shell or in the two later Appleseed-installments.

Animation-wise it is clearly a product of an era before Akira gave anime that huge boost.

If you like cyberpunk anime from the 1980s and early nineties and if you enjoyed Shirows earlier work from the same era, like Black Magic M-66 (1987) or Dominion Tank Police (1988), then you will surely like Appleseed the OVA.


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