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Appleseed: Ex Machina

7.01 h 44 min200712
Following the highly successful anime feature "Appleseed," heroine Deunan and her lover/partner Briareos -- who was forced to become a cyborg after sustaining injuries as a soldier in World War III -- continue their struggle to maintain peace in the utopian city-nation of Olympus.
Shinji Aramaki
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4.7 out of 5 stars

475 global ratings

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*-[ROB]-*Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
A cracking anime action movie
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To my mind, the original movie adaption of Shirow Masamune's "Appleseed" manga series was pretty disappointing and needed remaking. And now it has.

Director - Shinji Aramaki
Producer - John Woo

In case you didn't know, Shinji Aramaki designed a number of the original Transformer and Robotech toys back in the day, and pretty much pioneered the now-iconic Japanese powered suit/exoskeleton look. Therefore, if you think any of the gear in this movie looks derivative, seriously think again.

I would say John Woo needs no introduction.

So.... With that kind of creative muscle behind the wheel of this project, the result could only have gone one of two ways, and luckily it went the right way. This movie works really well as what it is designed to be, and that is top-grade anime action.

Content summary:
* Engaging characters and storyline, although not as deep as (say) a Miyazaki production
* looks gorgeous
* soundtrack very well conceived
* impressive audio options
* actually quite interesting extras

Bottom line:
This blu-ray edition movie sets production standards that other sci-fi anime should surely follow.
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Tony SopranoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Sequel Appleseed Film.
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I remember seeing the original Appleseed film and loving it when I was in high school, even though the original was only on for an hour. Well I have to say this new version is fantastic. The new CG artwork is amazing and will completely blow your mind if your new to this type of animation, or even if your already a Manga fan you will love this. Quite along film as well which is great and that makes it worth the money.

This sequel is also as great as the 2004 remake. Well worth watching and adding to a good Manga collection.

Buy the way, make sure you buy this on Blu-ray as its worth seeing the HD artwork detail in full
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E. D. R. Jones BSc (Hons)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 August 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Appelseed review
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Well I was totely amazed at the sound and grathic quility of this film and makes a great sequil to the first Appleseed film. 5 Star

Good points - Alot action and epic story, grathic detail amazing as well as the sound effects, So as usal all me needs what meet my 5 star rated reviews- Action, Babes, Humor, and mint Story line all in this film :)
The dubs where better also and more exters then the first Appleseed.

Bad points - I mentioned babes now if your like me and when watching a anime or manger ect you wona see some cute hot half naked babe running round with all sorts adv.weapony shooting at god know's what here there every where ..Well there is a little bit In this but not alot so thats abit of a downers for anime babes fans lol. But apart from that nothen to complain about.

Over all - Epic film realy injoyed it. 5 star must buy and well worth ten quid I payed for it :)
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Harbour StreetReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
the shape of things to come
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The plot is set more than 100 years into the future, after a world war which killed a lot of earth's population. This was already revealed in the prequel "Appleseed". As a consequence, genetically altered humans, the bioroids, have been created who lack undesired traits of character, like hatred. The prequel, Appleseed, deals with the problems created by humans still in power (certain military figures) who resent losing their influence to the bioroids, who gradually take over government - at least in the leading utopic nation with the capital Olympus.
In principle, this is an interesting and not unlikely scenario.
Appleseed ex machina shows the world a few years later when essentially all government (and apparently many of the top management) positions in Olympus are run by bioroids. Well, it seems that they are all beautiful women and that the unengineered politicians from other nations are set-in-their-ways, grumpy old men. The further plot has already been discussed elsewhere. It seems that the bioroids are doing quite a good job at running the show. It would indeed be nice to have politicians like Athena and Nike, including flashy outfits.
It is one of the problems of japanese manga that certain things are all too obvious, like ideas which were borrowed from JFK's funeral and the Matrix trilogy. And there is a strong similarity to Ghost in the Shell.
On the other hand, the themes presented are well worth exploring and I do not think that the depiction of our future is all too far-fetched. What I like most is the increasing mastery of computer graphics. The figures still move a bit wooden, the small and fast movements are missing, but the shape of things to come, the lifelike and realistic depiction of fantasy worlds and especially of actors, is clearly visible in this movie. Wow!
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PhilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Japanese anime
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The same comments here as those I wrote for Vexille. You want a great fantasy story without an impossible budget? - Go anime. The quality and detail of these new Japanese features are so high you can almost forget these are CG scenes. (OK, hair is tricky, but the backdrops are amazing)
Good story too - tiny girl beating the **** out of big bad men. And her sidekick - Robocop with rabbit ears - brill. And the combat suits are so realistic. I'll watch out for more of these.
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HuntingsteinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This dvd release includes the best bonus I have ever seen
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This dvd release includes the best bonus I have ever seen, it comes with a thin appleseed manga, I recommend it for that. The movie is allright if you like the story, it has some interesting things going on, but this one only comes with english dub.
E. R. S. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Appleseed Ex Machina
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Masamune Shirow's best Manga gets the treatment it deserves with the latest incarnation Appleseed Ex Machina. Quite possibly the best Anime' movie released to date with stunning visuals to boot! If you like Anime you will love this film great action set pieces produced with John Woo's input to ratchet up the action to a level not usually found in an anime' movie. In addition there's some great extras on the blu ray including a history of appleseed with a rare series of comments from Masamune Shirow himself.
I cannot recomend buying this movie enough with no region coding on the Blu ray disc it lit up my PS3 & LCD like no other Anime' movie.
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JCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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