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Doesn't live up to the legacy
on 5 January 2007
While the animation is impressive, overall I found this movie disappointing. This was probably because I read all of the manga before seeing the movie, and was hoping for something closer to that story or more like Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex.
Like Standalone Complex, Appleseed is based in the same world as the manga and propagates some of the same themes, but it loses much of the action, characters and character development and changes the story radically to make it fit the runtime (much like the Ghost in the Shell movie).
This movie shares a characteristic of many other anime that I find disagreeable (it's probably a cultural thing) - I find the music to be overdone and, in places, wildly inappropriate: I like to be able to hear what the characters are saying (even when they are speaking a different language and I'm reading the subtitles).
Despite all this, I would watch Appleseed again (and possibly even buy it), mostly for the opening scene.
If you haven't read the manga and like CG-heavy anime, then watch this movie, otherwise you may wish to approach it more cautiously.