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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dunan (voice)
... Bularios (voice)
... Athena (voice)
... Karon (voice)
... Hitomi (voice)
Nobuo Iwamoto ... AJ (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa ... Nike (voice)
... Yoshi (voice)
Tamio Ohki ... Nereus (voice)
... Fleia (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Bronx (voice)
Masayuki Omoro ... Anchor (voice)
... Cop (voice)
Kenichi Ono ... Cop (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto ... Newsman (voice)
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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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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 »

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Deunan: What the hell's going on?
Brialeos Hecatombcales: I heard Hitomi in that truck!
Deunan: What?
Brialeos Hecatombcales: Remember, we're looking for a crooked cop!
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Brialeos Hecatombcales: We know he thinks Olympus murdered his wife!
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Tired but watchable, one to borrow rather than buy
21 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The animation quality here is decidedly below par IMO, regardless of the age of the OAV. The plot itself makes sense, but the characters don't.

This might sound picky, but considering that the city of Olympus is almost exclusively populated by living machines, would YOU feel comfortable there as a human? Would any machine ever emulate human arrogance, short-sightedness and greed quite so effectively? I doubt it. There are some pointers towards this in the movie, but only when the team can be bothered to put them in, by and large the 'bioroids' (or whatever they are) are interchangeable with human characters. Seems sloppy to me.

The main characters seem to have some kind of emotional entanglement, though no light is shed on this. Little light is shed on the backstory at all, a great pity. The short length of the film coupled with the focus on mecha and the crime means that we don't see any character depth. The groundwork's all down, yet we're left with no finished product. A cropped version of this OAV would have made a great TV episode, once some character sub-plots had been established.

The highlights of this short film are the mecha designs and the action/espionage.

The flaws really start to show through once you've had a chance to digest all the goings-on, so I couldn't recommend this for owning, but it's certainly worth a watch or two! Whilst this review is mostly negative, I really do think it's worth your time to watch this, but it's not something to rush out and buy.

In a nutshell: A watchable wasted opportunity.


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