Appleseed XIII Series Collection
long-awaited anime adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s 1985 manga series,
Appleseed XIII comprises an effective introduction to the maestro’s
work and goes some way towards proving that all good things do indeed
come to those who wait.
buffs will recognise Shirow from his work on projects such as Ghost
in the Shell, Black Magic and Ghost Hound, and
although Appleseed perhaps lacks the haunting melancholy of those
previous offerings it is nonetheless an effective and at times
extraordinarily potent visual experience.
a future vastly depopulated by World War V, Appleseed revolves
around Deunan, a young female special forces agent who patrols the
utopic city-nation of Olympus with her trusty cyborg partner Briareos.
Quelling uprisings, taking part in peace keeping ops and making love to
her robot pal are all in a days work for the indomitable Deunan, and
when a terrorist group known as the Argonauts rises up with the
intention of overthrowing the new world order, and possibly depopulating
the entire human race, the young lass and her crime fighting cohorts
have something of a fight on their hands.
Boasting world-class animation and some top notch mecha designs,
Madman’s new 2-disc set also features a strong Japanese 5.1 TrueHD
Soundtrack as well as some highly effective voicework from the English
dub cast, likewise presented in TrueHD surround. There are also a
number of worthwhile bonus features on offer, including Audio
Commentaries with the English language production team, textless songs
and a 13-part Behind the Scenes Featurette entitled ‘The Inside