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Appleseed (2004) December 25, 2006

Posted by ayasawada in Anime.


In short: Soldier girl and cyborg fight for post-apocalyptic utopia.

Thoughts: Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed has been due a decent adaptation since the dull 1988 OVA. This 2004 movie caused a stir, owing to it’s use of cell-shaded motion capture technology and CGI over traditional 2D animation. Unfortunately, the exuberant animation doesn’t quite stretch to the characters’ eyes – losing them emotion. Nevertheless, the film is visually stunning, thanks to gorgeous mecha designs and the fluidity granted through real actors in motion capture. The basics of Shirow’s plot remain, an interesting tale of genetics in utopia. The rest gets lost in the melee of action set-pieces, but it’s so breathtaking you won’t care. Certainly not as deep as it could be, but Appleseed is very entertaining and a welcome take on anime in the noughties.



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