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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)


Score: 6.531 (scored by 1438814,388 users)
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Ranked: #66022
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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Maki, Taro
Katayama, Kazuyoshi
Director, Script, Screenplay
Wolskel, John
Yuuki, Risa
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Ending Theme

"Crystal Celebration" by Yuuki Risa


Jan 23, 2024
Appleseed is a good but not particularly memorable and short OVA about a dystopian police state, but one that has a strangely compelling subtext for what it is. The story, taken at face value, is very basic. However, it manages to have a little subtlety and moral ambiguity that makes it pretty interesting and a villain with a legitimate point. Overall, it’s easy to recommend this OVA, even if it’s nothing stellar.

To get it out of the way, yes, the story is nothing to write home about and has been done many times before and better. It’s a typical buddy cop deal with Deunan, the ...
Oct 16, 2021
Mixed Feelings
At best Appleseed is fair.

The story line to Appleseed is fairly simple. Yet at the same time, it seems almost too simple and cliche. The story is easy to follow and has times where it can cause frustration, which I appreciated.

Art is average given it's age and for the most part I enjoyed the styling.

Sound is also average. I found acting (English) to be good, which is certainly more than I can say for many dubs.

Characters were it's best feature. Through their portrayal, you had characters you disliked and liked and they were all appropriately placed.

Overall, I did get some enjoyment out of Appleseed, I ...
Nov 22, 2022
I haven't seen this since I was a teenager in the '90s, and I remember being pretty underwhelmed after all of the hype surrounding it back in those early days. Having revisited it, my feelings haven't changed. This is only the second film animated by Gainax, and when compared to their first, Royal Space Force Honneamise, it's pretty obvious where all the money went. Appleseed looks like amateur hour, with a lot of stilted animation and just an overall bland look, which considering this is based on a manga by Masamune Shirow, is a massive problem. All of the characters are weakly defined, and it ...

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