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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
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 7 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


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Ranked: #64992
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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


Feb 28, 2011
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 ...
Mar 16, 2010
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Aug 4, 2017
I don't feel like saying to much about this, and that's about how much this anime did for me. The premise sounded cool enough, plus I don't mind older animes although I haven't seen that many, but this felt super bland.

I struggled to sit through the whole thing because it simply did not keep me interested.

TL;DR watch if you really like the premise and older anime hits your sweet spot, you should be entertained enough by something, if you want a decent story that keeps you engaged, don't bother.

Story: 4/10

I liked the premise, which was what got me interested, although the villain(s) were revealed quite ...

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