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APPLESEED XIII Complete Series Collection [DVD]
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At the Edge of Extinction, Humanity Needs a Hero. In the wake of destruction from a global conflict, the city of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organisation up-rises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join Olympus special mech-piloting, anti-terrorism force to take down the leader of the subversive organisation. 3-Disc Edition including Special Features: Episode commentaries, English trailer, Textless songs, The Inside Episodes 1-13 (Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles)
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Having 13 25 minute episodes allows the creators to focus more on things they did not have time for in the movies. Deunan and Briareos' relationship is one of those things. Also Deunan's past as well. If you are not families with the franchise, you do not need to be to enjoy this series but I guaranty after seeing this you will want to see everything with the Appleseed label on it.
I likes the Greek metrology theme that is running through the series. I liked the relationships between the biodtoids and humans keep changing. Deunan is a tough ESWAT (high tech SWAT team) officer, being the youngest officer she is hotheaded and in some cases reckless. To counter this in her personal life they have her doing everyday girl things in most cases wearing very little. Her partner Briareos was injured in a previous mission most of his flesh was burned. He inhabits a powerful cyborg body. This makes their person relationship difficult, adding to the is the fact as Briareos, as see himself as her protector. Yep that over well with Deunan. Luckily their jobs keep them busy and me entertained with lots of mech action rather then just soap opera drama.
The story is a slow boil and we are given bits and pieces that fit together in the later episodes. The action is high speed and exciting, in the cop pit of a mech or person to person. Loved this series. Love the franchise. I hope Appleseed keep growing I will keep watching.
As the title suggests, it felt like two decent films had been stretched into a series. To fill the time, they added a *lot* of unnecessary silences and repeated (admittedly quite good) animations of various statues of Hercules completing his 12 tasks or stained glass frescos - there was also a sort of the-last-two-minutes-of-the-last-episode as the first two minutes of the new episode which really grated when the episodes themselves are 20 minutes long with a long intro. All this filibustering lowered the overall quality of the production.
Animation was a bit strange - like a hyper-real graphic novel turned into 3D. The animations in the first few episodes are quite jerky but this seemed to improve over time. Some brilliant backdrops that reminded me of Studio IG (who had some hand in this series) occasionally appeared too. I found the animation style felt like it was made 15 year ago - but then again the last anime I watched was Ghost In The Shell: Arise.
Overall I found this a reasonable time-pass. The films are much, much better with similar themes. If you do watch this series, skip the intros/credits and get at the meat of the stories. Sadly I think you'll be 'Meh' to 'slightly disappointed' if you're a fan of the source Manga or have come from watching Ghost In The Shell.
Having just checked the series out online a bit more, apparently they released the series in two parts as films (or did they in fact do the opposite?) might be better to watch Appleseed XIII: Tartaros and Appleseed XIII: Ouranos.
I'm a big fan of Masamune Shirow's work, especially Ghost In The Shell and Dominion Tank Police, that's partly why I wanted to watch the show.
The setting is a place called Olympus following a world-war. Olympus is meant to be a place of peace, but there are tensions present. In turn these tensions lead to some great actions sequences involving mechs. (If you're a fan of fighting robots you'll get a kick out of this. The action sequences in this programme look fantastic!)
I will add that I've no previous experience of the Appleseed universe in any way, so I was tentative going in that I would be completely lost. But Appleseed XIII makes sure to cater to those who either are or aren't familiar with the universe, delving into the back story of the characters as well as the universe in general.
Definitely worth checking out in my opinion.
An excellent series and well worth watching.
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