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English: Appleseed
Japanese: アップルシ-ド


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 25
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 15, 1985 to Mar 15, 1989
Genres: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Gaia


Score: 7.461 (scored by 20632,063 users)
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Ranked: #28082
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Popularity: #1810
Members: 6,485
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It is the 22nd Century, the Third World War (2099-2126) has decimated a large part of Earth even though nuclear weapons have not been employed during the conflict. Old nations such as England, France and China have survived but have difficulty restoring their power. On the other hand, new nations and organizations such as the Sacred Republique of Mumna and the Poseidon Organization have been born on the ashes of the world resulting from the Third World War.

In this bleak future, we are introduced to ex-L.A. SWAT members Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires. Having survived the world conflict and living in a desolated city, they are found by a young woman called Hitomi who proposes them to follow her to the utopian city of Olympus which has become the world's most powerful organization and which registers the new relations in terms of politics, economics and military between new and old nations/organizations. In Olympus, they are integrated in the prestigious ESWAT (Extra Special Weapons And Tactics) organization, whose main mission is to protect Olympus from terrorist attacks and Olympus's interests in the world.

From here on, the two main protagonists encounter a great number of other characters and organizations who will be implicated in international plots that target Olympus.


Appleseed was published in English in-print and digitally by Dark Horse Comics from November 7, 2007 to March 11, 2009 and on September 10, 2014, respectively.

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Dec 30, 2009
Spookt (All reviews)
When the dust and ashes of global war finally settle, a man-made utopia emerges from the shadows and unifies the broken world. It is a grand project over a century in the making, peace its ultimate aim, but it isn’t long before there’s trouble in paradise.

Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires are stuck, wedged in the cracks of the war’s aftermath. They spend their days in a crumbling ghost-town, salvaging supplies, cut off from the rest of the world and unaware of how the conflict has proceeded without them. Once they are rescued from the wasteland, they find that Olympus -- this manufactured utopia -- is read more
Dec 19, 2011
ashadowalker (All reviews)
Masamune Shirow's artwork is stunning as always. Meticulously detailed and beautiful. Of all his work, the Appleseed manga is by far my favorite. Although Shirow clearly enjoys drawing cute girls, the integrity of the story is always his highest priority.

The story has depth, breadth, and coherence (also a staple of Shirow's work). Appleseed has suspense, action, drama, romance, etc., all expertly blended into an examination of human nature. If you're looking for the closure of a "good guys always win" story, you will be ultimately disappointed as the transient and personal nature of values is one of the themes Shirow explores. You read more

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