Appleseed Alpha is what one would expect from watching the other recent releases in the franchise. It has a lot of fast-paced, action-driven scenes with over-the-top choreography. It's great to see Briareos and Deunan back in action, doing what they do best. The animation style is pretty good, the dialogue is decent, and the themes are in line with previous releases. No real standout performances or scenes this time around though. Overall, a good watch worth checking out for Appleseed fans.
This is a prequel to Appleseed made by a new studio but with the same director (Shinji Aramaki) as the earlier titles. This is a full motion capture animation and it looks gorgeous. Deunan and Briareos come to life as never before. Since this is a prequel it starts at the end of the world war and has Briareos and Deunan trying to survive in a ruined New York City. Deunan dreams of Olympus but doesn't know if it's real. Briareos is just trying to get by. They work for another cyborg called Two Horns. This is a new character voiced by Wendel Calvert. In many ways Two Horns makes the movie. The plot is relatively simple but the action is gripping (there are echoes of Star Wars too). I found that I preferred this to the original Appleseed since the characters are better resolved and more sympathetic compared to Appleseed and the plot and dialogue are more coherent. I enjoyed this a lot and hope they are able to make the beta, gamma, etc versions too.
This is an alternative telling of the adventures of Deunan and Briarios. Sola Digital did the animation and other than a serious dip into the Uncanny Valley in many places, the graphics are first rate. If the viewer is unfamiliar with the previous Appleseed entities, then this will be a more enjoyable experience. For those who are fans of the original movies, this may be overly jarring as it has *nothing* to do with the original series other than the names of the characters.
The bluray disc worked fine in my ps3, didnt bother with the digital download. Its a one and done movie, nothing special in this attempt at a reboot of the appleseed series. I was frankly excited about it but was left stale with an ending leaving off just as the overall story did "no where" All it gets it points for CGI quality and fightscenes. However still final fantasy the spirits within has equivalent CGI quality.
Masamune Shirow also created Ghost in the Shell. While each manga has its differences from one another, there are enough similarities for me to be a fan of both. This also translates to the anime versions (whether it's a traditional anime "look" or CGI) even though others are writing the scripts. If you're a fan of GitS, you'll probably enjoy this.
This movie has awesome animation. The artwork is very realistic and keeps the true tradition of classic anime. The 3D elements in this movie, storyline and memorable characters will have you at the edge of your seat! S must have for the Appleseed collection.