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Alternative Titles

Japanese: アップル・シード


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 21, 1988
Studios: Gainax
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi, AdventureAdventure, PolicePolice, MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 6 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.591 (scored by 1191811,918 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #55372
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Popularity: #3450
Members: 25,859
Favorites: 32

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Appleseed takes place in the aftermath of World War III, where the General Management Control Office has constructed the experimental city known as Olympus. Built to be a paradise on Earth, Olympus is inhabited by humans, cyborgs, and bioroids (genetically engineered humans designed for increased physical capabilities and decreased emotional capabilities). Bioroids run and control all of the administrative functions of Olympus, ensuring that the city remains the utopian society it was meant to be for all of its citizens. But for some people living in Utopia, the city has become less of a home and more of a cage.

Police officer Calon Mautholos has grown to despise Olympus following his wife's suicide, blaming her death on the lack of creative freedom caused by the rules binding the citizens of the city. As his hatred for the city grows, Calon conspires with the terrorist A.J. Sebastian to destroy the Legislature of the Central Management Bureau to send the rules of Olympus that killed his wife tumbling down. But when Calon discovers it is not political malcontent, but rather hatred for bioroids that motives Sebastian, Calon turns renegade and gains the attention of city officials. Deunan Knute and her partner Briareos of the ESWAT counter-terrorism unit are dispatched to hunt down and stop Calon and Sebastian... by any means necessary!


The OVA has an almost completely original storyline, only sharing some of the characters and the setting with the source material.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Maki, Taro
Katayama, Kazuyoshi
Director, Script, Screenplay
Wolskel, John
Yamanaka, Norimasa
Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music


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Ending Theme

"Crystal Celebration" by Yuuki Risa

Mar 16, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
This anime lacks a certain... something... Nothing seems to be horribly wrong, but at the end of the day, it's no more than mediocre. The best word to describe this anime is "bland". It's like drinking water - I don't hate it, but it just doesn't really leave much taste behind. I had a really hard job trying to get excited when watching it because, frankly, there's nothing about it that's very interesting.

Going through everything categorically: the animation... not bad, but not amazing. Music... so bland I can't even remember much about it (though I guess that must mean it can't have been bad read more
Sep 16, 2008
xMatronxMalicex (All reviews)
Given that the newer versions of Appleseed have become popular, I figured that I might as well write a review for the lesser known film. It was created in '88 by the man who I believe created Big O. For some strange reason, it took damn near a decade to bring it from Japan to the US.

The story is similar to many other Olympus outings: terrorists trying to bring down the Utopian society so that humanity doesn't become like a caged animal. Generally, this means destroying Gaia, which is the main goal of our two terrorists. The story's decent, and it picks and chooses parts read more
Feb 28, 2011
GoodEnoughForMe (All reviews)
Appleseed is a work that seems to show up every now and then, after many of us have forgotten it, usually in the form of a reboot or remake. As it stands, the original 1988 anime is the best of the anime versions, so far, but it is not without its flaws.

Appleseed is one of a minority of animated works that can lay claim to being too short. There's is just way too much going on for a single 1 hour film, but, to director Kazuyoshi Katayama's credit, he manages to keep the threads of storyline together enough to make this a largely enjoyable fare.

One read more
Dec 18, 2012
Shura-shurato (All reviews)
Saw it the 1st time on tape i got from a friend in 1997, AND I LOVE IT, little that i knew i came fron 1988( tape was the 1994 eng dub), but overall, u either love or hate the animation, but the mecha citydesigns an character development overall is an very enjoyable thing for the likes of oldskool anime, and i LIKED the policeaction scenes although some stuff can be repetitive, the music .... well its just from that time so yeah!

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