AppurushÓdo (Appleseed) (2004)



Critic Consensus: While visually arresting, Appleseed's narrative and dialogue pondering existentialism is ponderous, awkward, and clumsy.

Movie Info

Masamune Shirow's celebrated manga of the fusion of humans and technology in a world devastated by war has been given a new and visually impressive adaptation in this anime drama. In the year 2131 A.D., Deunen Knute (voice of Ai Kobayashi) is a female warrior for hire who, after encountering her former lover Briareos (voice of Jurota Kosugi), discovers he's not the man he once was -- he's now part human and part robot. As Deunen and Briareos venture into the high-tech city of Olympus, they meet … More

Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Anime & Manga, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Haruka Handa, Tsutomu Kamishiro
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2005
Box Office: $79.8k
Geneon Entertainment - Official Site



as Deunan Knute

as Briareos

as Hitomi

as Athena Areios

as Yoshitsune

as Briareos

as Hitomi
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Critic Reviews for AppurushÓdo (Appleseed)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

The stock characters and leaden stretches of expository dialogue are welcome evidence that there's still no computer program capable of telling a decent story.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Shut your brain down for optimal viewing pleasure.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's busy, stiff, artificial graphics are a perfect match for its busy, stiff, artificial plot.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Newbie viewers will be left twiddling their thumbs while waiting for Deunen's next bout of butt-kicking action sequences.

Full Review… | January 25, 2005
Top Critic

Yes, it looks good, but it doesn't come close to exploring the grand themes it has in mind, or to ascending anywhere near the landmarks of anime.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A cross-pollination of eye-popping combat and provocative ideas.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for AppurushÓdo (Appleseed)


Stylish look good story fun ride. I loved it!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Shinji Aramaki's Appleseed is one sci-fi animation that's on its game.The first 5 minutes is all action and no dialogue and if there is one way to hook the audience, that is it. From there on out, the futuristic story pushes forward with a nice pace and satisfactory plot details.The action keeps coming at opportune times with highly stylized sequences and choreography. Visually, Appleseed looks great. The cel-shading for the characters is a nice mix with the heavy reliance on CG for the film's setting.Ai Kobayashi provides some matching voice-work for Deunan, the heroine. Jurota Kosugi and Yuki Matsuoka also deliver some solid voice-work for their characters.All in all, Appleseed is a well rounded futuristic anime and a recommendable 100 minute watch.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


After a world war devastates the Earth a Utopian city of the future is the subject of a power struggle between the benign genetically engineered clones and suspicious human military that inhabit it. Appleseed is 100% Japanese Anime in that is literally a Manga comic brought to life with all their inherent strengths and weaknesses. The visuals are absolutely glorious; the opening which can best be described as a Wachowski inspired take on the future scenes of The Terminator and climactic battle sequences are absolutely breathtaking. The CGI may be a little dated in the fast moving world of technology, but this is an example where computers are used in an inventive and creative way, rather than painstakingly trying to recreate reality; I personally could not give a crap whether every hair on a characters head moves realistically or not. This combination of cel-shaded characters and fabulous Japanese production design is far more pleasing to my eyes. The action scenes are brilliantly done, directed in a frenetic and thrilling way and yet are also very clear and easily followed. Bay, are you listening? Unfortunately, as usual the long-winded "explanations" that link these superb sequences tend to be overly convoluted techno-gibberish but the astonishing visuals and action make up for the shortcomings in the plot. If you want some robot-orientated ass kicking without the Bayisms and bimbos, this should be your first port of call.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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