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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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... 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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Urban combat in the city of dreams. See more »


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The region 2 UK DVD incorrectly includes dubtitles instead of subtitles. See more »

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

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Brialeos Hecatombcales: [a Bioroid is carrying Hitomi, Brialeos threatens the Bioroid with a gun] That's far enough! Do what I say and this won't go off. Now drop the gun.
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A very enjoyable film
28 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Before you watch this film, I suggest you read the manga first, or at least get a good idea what it's about, otherwise you'll probably be lost. Though the plot between the original comics and this adaptation differs, the characters and setting stay the same and it's a good start to get an idea of what it's about.

Also, another recommendation: watch it in Japanese with the subtitles on if possible. In my time I've heard some pretty bad dubs, but 'Appleseed''s English dub is just appalling.

At least in my point of view, this was a very enjoyable film. During action sequences and chatter between characters I laughed and smiled constantly. I don't think there was a point in it where I felt bored, it's pretty entertaining the whole way through.

But the main thing I loved was the music and animation style. It really reminds you of old 80s cartoons, and I loved the nostalgia. The music, a kind of synthy, jazzy-type score, was constantly engaging and enlightening. I really loved that too.

The story, too, may seem a bit silly, but it had a few interesting twists, and was often engaging too.

A lot of other reviews have compared 'Appleseed' to "watching from a weird CCTV camera". I have not got a clue where that criticism has come from, other than a poor quality VHS release. But the DVD version I have looks brilliant, the animation was way above the standard for the time it was made.

Fans of the manga will love it like I did, and for anime fans it's a must, but it probably isn't for everyone.

Overall: 9.7/10


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