Appleseed (1988) IMDb

Categorization

Philosophical SF action OVA. Based on an incomplete major Shirō manga.

Subject

SWAT members in a post-WW3 utopian arcology fight terrorists who are displeased with the inhuman foundations of the bold new state.

Commentary

Ugly and shallow treatment, but it does at least bring up the central problem of the approach to utopia.

Japanese production Shirō Masamune animation fiction moving picture

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Appleseed (2004) IMDb

Categorization

Mostly the same. Animated feature. Lots of mecha. All CGI, using cel-style filters for skin, traditional hair and various other baggage from mainstream 2D anime.

Subject

The 22nd century. A veteran who is still fighting in a devastating old war is suddenly recruited to become a part of the SWAT force in a utopian city. The key to her new workplace is that a large percentage of the population are infertile, hard-working, emotionally controlled, genetically engineered biological androids. Some people view these creations as a suitable replacement for humankind and want to give them reproductive powers. Terrorists strike.

Commentary

Realism without filtering would have been greatly preferable. Compared to Shirō’s manga, this is still less profound, less funny, and worse at showing the changes in everyday life between the present and the setting.

Japanese production Shirō Masamune animation fiction mecha moving picture