The Hated Opinionated One

Appleseed Grows Creative Trees

Posted by Scotio on April 30, 2008

Appleseed is one of the most amazing pieces of Japanese animation in modern years. Sure, there was a sequel, and even the stunning films Vexille and Karas, that followed after this film. But, that’s just the point, it followed after ApSe. Much like it’s “Sister” film, Ghost In The Machine, ApSe totally blazed a trail in the action department of Anime. With an opening segment that drops jaws and soil draws, it’s hard to feel like you’re not in for the ride of your life. I mean, yeah, sure, the storyline isn’t on the scale of Akira or a charming film by Hayao Miyazaki, but the action + soundtrack easily makes up for that. They didn’t just rely on drawing out the sequences then digitally mapping them with a 3D render. No, not for this film. They went ahead and used motion capture technology to have it as life-like as Sci-Fi Fantasy animation would allow.

Here’s a quick rundown on the story:

There’s this badass legend-in-the-making special forces chick named Deunan Knute who gets rescued and then “captured” to help run things over at Olympus, which is a virtual metropolis utopia created after the Third World War in 2131. Olympus is 50% Bioroids, which is basically extremely human-esque androids. The Bio’s are peaceful and passive. Humans, not so much. Deunan’s ex-lover/ex-squad leader, Briareos Hecatonchires, is now like a super Robocop type dude who also works on the military side of Olympus. Some “outsiders” come to bring bullets and explosions to Olympus, and stuff just goes down the traditional road from there.

I’m not going to sit here and type out the whole synopsis of the film. Why? Because I know some of you folks still haven’t seen this marvelous flick. To that, I say SHAME ON YOU! And I urge you to go and check it out IMMEDIATELY . . . or as my Spanish speaking friends would say “RAPIDO, MUCHACHO!” Oh, did I mention that it has a devastatingly good soundtrack? I did? Well . . . allow me to dwell on that for a moment, shall you? Good.

The soundtrack features work from various Big and Small names in the electronic music department. From All-Across the board Electronic Japanese duo Boom Boom Satellites to the world-renowned dance music master Paul Oakenfold, the soundtrack just trumps. Even the musical score by Tetsuya Takahashi is stunning and soul stirring. The deluxe version of the bloody thing houses both the Score and the songs featured in the film. If anything, opt for that one, folks.

Though it wasn’t the first in its field to be created, it was definitely one of the best. Some can argue that Advent Children was better. To which I couldn’t argue there. But, the fact remains, ApSe was released first. So, AHA! Not to mention the designs were completely different, but that’s just too obvious to point out, isn’t it? Still, ApSe allowed folks to look deeper into what was created here, and, then, go forth and multiply on top of that. The last hallmarking Japanese Animation movie to do that was, again, it’s “sister” film Ghost In The Machine which inspired the monumental feature film franchise The Matrix. So, don’t be surprised if you see something live-action that, somehow, reminds your action taste buds of a little old seed from an Apple.


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