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Shirows work too large for the small screen?
on 6 December 2002
Masmune Shirows Appleseed has been popular with Manga fans for years and given this particular titles strong following, an animated version of the original comic book was probably inevitable. The post apocaliptic utopian setting and cinematic story telling style that characterised the comic book have however sadly been trimmed down for this comparatively low budget production. The central theme of the terrorists struggle to assert their own identities against the totalitarian olympian society is not given adequate space in a very short running time and character development suffers as a result. Deunan and Briaereos the principal characters are almost added into the plot as an afterthought and their personalities don't really have the space to shine. In summary the best that can be said is that the most was made of limited resources in this work and my advice for new viewers of shirows work is to either start with the original comics or try the much better done Ghost in the Shell.