is a four volume Cyber Punk
/Mecha manga written between 1985 and 1989 by Shirow Masamune
, of Ghost in the Shell
fame. It led to OVA and feature film adaptations. Set in post-apocalyptic
22nd century, the story follows the Action Girl
Deunan Knute and her cyborg partner and lover
Briareos Hecatonchires. The two join the special forces of the Olympus city, an enclave of peaceful life on the planet devastated by the World War III
(and recovering from World War IV
), whose population consists equally of both normal humans and "bioroids", Artificial Humans
with genetically suppressed aggressiveness who act as emotional buffer for the former.
The original manga saw Deunan and Briareos join Olympus's counter-terrorism unit ESWAT after being discovered in the wastelands and offered a life in Utopian
city in exchange for their combat skills (both were formerly SWAT operatives). The manga follows them as they protect their new home from enemies, both foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, other projects
and the loss of much of his notes in a 1995 earthquake left the manga as an Orphaned Series
The one-shot OVAnote
was produced in 1988 and has little in common with the original manga except the setting and the characters. The plot concerns a colleague of Deunan and Briareos, who feels that instead of Utopia, Olympus is a Gilded Cage
designed to prevent humans from living a fulfilling life. To destroy this cage, he conspires with a professional terrorist and it's up to Deunan and Briareos to stop them.
Sixteen years later, the first feature film was released, directed by Shinji Aramaki. Just like the OVA, it shares little with the original manga and diverges even in the premise: instead of joining ESWAT together, Deunan and Briareos are separated by accident long before coming to Olympus and have to regain mutual trust over the course of the film. The main plot centers on the struggle of two equally extremist racist
factions in Olympus, each desiring to destroy either the original humanity, or the bioroids to make way for the other. The movie featured a unique for that time style of animation that seamlessly blended traditional anime designs and CGI
and which was later reused in the sequel and an unrelated movie Vexille
, produced largely by the same people.Appleseed Ex Machina
, the Oddly Named Sequel
to the 2004 movie, is set two years after it and sees the idyllic relationship between the protagonists challenged by the introduction of Tereus, a Super Prototype
bioroid who is for all intents and purposes a clone of Briareos minus the fact that he didn't have his entire body replaced with cybernetic prosthetics. The situation is worsened when all cyborgs in Olympus (including Briareos) start getting hijacked by a Knight Templar
seeking to unite humanity once and for all... in quite an unsettling manner. The producer of the second movie was John Woo
. Yes, that
It also has a CGI anime series named Appleseed XIII.
The series was produced in 2011 by Jinni's Animation Studios in association with Production I.G
and under the direction of Takayuki Hamana with Junichi Fujisaku as script supervisor. All 13 episodes of Appleseed XIII
can be seen on Funimation's official Youtube channel here
. An English dub of the series was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in June 2013.
A third CGI film titled Appleseed Alpha
was released on July 15, 2014, directed once again by Shinji Aramaki. It is a Prequel
film that focuses on Deunan and Briareos before they arrive in Olympus, as they are living in the ruins of New York City
doing mercenary work for a local crime boss named Two Horns, until one day on a mission they encounter a Mysterious Waif
and her cyborg bodyguard claiming to be on a mission for Olympus. This title holds the distinction of being the only entry in the series where the English audio came first; a Japanese dub was released on October 28, 2014.
Not to be confused with Johnny Appleseed
, or anything else named after the man.
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