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Appleseed (2004)

by  |  July 13th, 2011  |  Animation

Anime is an interesting sub-genre of Animation that I got in to roughly around 2001. During that  time I got in to a few of the more classic Anime series, such as the Mobile Suite: Gundam Wing Series (2000) etc…

With that said, after watching the Mobile Suite: Gundam Wing Series, as well as a few other Anime movies I kind of got out of those types of movies, (that is not to say that they are particularly bad movies, I just got in to other genres…)

With that said though, recently I have been able to re-visit, and discover some Anime movies, that I have found that I have really enjoyed! Such films as, Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie (1994), Ghost In The Shell (1995), along with so many other completely awesome films!

With that said, I was talking with a friend of mine about a year or 2 or ago, and he was telling me about this movie, Appleseed, that I really should watch… Well to be honest with you folks, I have to admit that  at first I had discounted this movie, (that is until recently…)

Written by: Haruka Handa (Vexille), Tsutomu Kamishiro (Bakuman), Directed by: Shinji Aramaki (Sôsei Kishi Gaiâsu). Starring: Ai Kobayashi (Detroit Metal City), Jûrôta Kosugi (Kamen Raidâ Bureido), Yuki Matsuoka (Trinity Blood), Mami Koyama (Dragon Ball Z).

This movie tells the story of Duenan Knute (Kobayashi).  Duenan is a soldier for life… Her father was a soldier, her mother was a geneticist by the name of Dr. Gilliam (Voiced by: Kara Greenberg). With that said, both her mother and father are dead, and she ended up growing up fighting in various wars, until she eventually ended up fighting a war in the badlands with her friend Briareos (Kosugi).

Duenan (Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi) and her friend Briareos (Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi)

Now the movie takes place during a time in the distant future in which Duenan is fighting in the bad lands with her unit against some monster looking things (these creatures are never fully explained, but I am assuming that since Duenan has to be in her early 20s and she fought in World War 3, that these people are probably mutated monsters…

With that said, after a particularly brutal battle in which Deunan's entire unit is whipped out, and Duenan is about to be murdered, she is rescued by members of an

elite paramilitary police force by the name of E S.W.A.T. and is taken back to the city/state/country of Olympus…

There she is re-united with her friend Briareos, and is introduced to another person by the name of Hitomi (Matsuoka).  Now it turns out that Hitomi is from a race of genetically engineered, superior humans that are called 'Bioroids'. Now these Bioroids were created to complete the balance of humanity, so that mankind can create the utopian society that mankind has always dreamed of…

Hitomi and Briareos as they are taking an injured Duenan back to Olympus

There is only one problem though, you see, there is a segment of humanity that believes that the Bioroids are actually trying to turn humanity in to a slave race, and are actually actively pursuing an agenda that would eradicate all Bioroids from the face of the planet!

With that said, it is up to Deunan, her friends, and an elite squad of E S.W.A.T to discover and stop those trying to destroy the Bioroids, as well as uncover a plot that could change the fate of both Bioroids and Humans forever!

Duenan as she is getting suited up for battle

Now what I like about this movie, and what I thought made this movie a truly awesome b movie is a couple of things:

1. I liked how this movie utilized the names of various old Greek religious deities as well as places from the ancient Greek religion, such as, Athena, Hades, Gaia, Tartarus, etc… in a future setting!

2. The next thing that I gotta say that I do like, is the graphics in the movie… I am not the biggest CGI fan, but this was rather pleasant.

3. Another thing that I liked about this movie, is the story.  I have always enjoyed Science Fiction epics, where the actions of those trying to stop the end of the human race from occurring is what determines the fate of the planet!

4.   I also thought that you guys might find this to be interesting.  The tattoo seen on Briareos'  arm “Cogito Ergo Sum” actually means, “I think, therefore I am” in Latin! The date just below it is the year of his birth and the date of his pre-android death!

5. I also wanted to mention the fact that this movie is actually the big screen adaption of the Japanese comic book of the same name by, Masamune Shirow (Ghost In The Shell).

With that said folks, if you are looking for a fun edge of your seat Sci Fi Anime to sink your teeth in to… Then I recommend this one, it is a fun one!



Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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