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Japanese: アップルシ-ド
English: Appleseed
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 25
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 15, 1985 to Mar 15, 1989
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Serialization: Comic Gaia
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)


Score: 7.301 (scored by 26152,615 users)
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Ranked: #47292
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Popularity: #2113
Members: 9,550
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Chapters: /25


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.



Jan 10, 2022
Appleseed is a step up from Masamune's previous work, Black Magic, but still suffers from many of the same exposition/dialogue heavy philosophy that doesn't really serve any purpose in the building of the world. A lot of it is a very dramatized version of what you might be accustomed to from some of the GitS franchise, without the critical philosophical edge that you've come to know from GitS.

Deunan is far less fleshed out than Motoko, but a significant step up from Black Magic. However, very little of that traditional "Cyberpunk" in present in Appleseed, and it reads more like a space epic, with elements of ...
Dec 19, 2011
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 ...
Apr 30, 2022
Preliminary (13/25 eps)
Having seen the Ghost in The Shell movie adaptation countless times (that really obscure one no one ever talks about of course), I didn't feel quite up to reading the original adaptation quite yet. I figured, hey, why not check out Appleseed, Masamune Shirow's fairly direct predecessor to Ghost in the Shell?

Unfortunately, it turned out to be a burning-car-battery of a mess.

While the world is interesting and the central conflict engaging, with the enjoyable staples of 80's cyberpunk and Shirow's insistance on shopping-cart-wheeled-mechs, the worldbuilding itself is a disaster. So many concepts are introduced through extremely clumsy, peacemeal exposition by nameless or very minor ...

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