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Appleseed

1 rating: -1.0
A movie directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama

Based on amangaseries by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell),Appleseedis an interesting, early mecha adventure. After World War III, "General Management Control Office" created the model city of Olympus for the survivors. They also created the "Biodroids," … see full wiki

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Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
1 review about Appleseed

I thought Shinji Aramaki's Appleseed film was a stronger production

  • May 19, 2009
Rating:
-1
This OVA is loosely based on the Appleseed manga series. While the OVA and the manga share the same characters and setting, the storyline for the OVA deviates from the story told in the manga.

The OVA runs for a little over an hour, and I think this short runtime is to the production's detriment. When I watched the DVD, I felt the storytelling was rather choppy. The only reason I was able to follow what was going on was the fact that I had seen Shinji Aramaki's 2004 film version of Appleseed. If it hadn't been for that, I would have been rather lost as to what was going on. Personally, I think this OVA version of Appleseed would have been stronger if there was a longer runtime, and that a significant portion of the expanded runtime was spent giving a little more background on the characters. Deunan and Briareos are so undeveloped as characters in the OVA, that it's hard to really care about them. And considering that they are supposed to be the heroes of the story, this isn't a good thing.

The animation isn't too bad in the Appleseed OVA. While it's nothing groundbreaking, it's still a good example of the typical style of animation being used in Japan during the late 1980's. However, I wish a stronger script was used for this production.

The extras were rather unimpressive on this DVD release. The character bios are two page write-ups for the characters that include a picture. This was probably the best extra on the disc, but Calon was not included. Considering he's a major part of the story, I thought this was a major oversight.

The "Japanese production credits" are a credit roll that includes the Japanese voice actors. Considering this is already included at the end of the OVA, this seemed like a waste of an extra. The remaining extras were all advertisements for Manga Entertainment (Manga Video Previews, Merchandise & Catalogue, and Manga DVD Catalogue). There are also Palm Pictures DVD previews and weblinks for Manga Entertainment, Palm Pictures, and Sputnik 7.

Personally, I prefer the 2004 film version of Appleseed over this OVA production. However, if you are a fan of the Appleseed OVA, you need to acquire this release, since it is the only way to own the production on DVD.

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