Directed by: Shinji Aramaki
Starring: Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi, Yuki Matsuoka
Remember before how I was talking about how people stereotype anime? Well Appleseed is the most stereotypical anime I’ve ever seen. It’s like if you took Final Fantasy VII and Evangelion and combined them into an awful cell-shaded CGI mess of a pseudo-messianic plot.
A girl is brought into a “perfect” society inside a dome beneath the earth to fight off all the gangs that have started to pop up and threaten the people’s way of life. Turns out the way they regulate society is by making a third of the population robots who have to obey the commands of the council of creepy old guys, but I guess they can’t fight as well as this lady from the post-apocalyptic surface can. She shoots bad guys and so on until it turns out the actual bad guys are– GASP! The council of obviously evil creepy old men!!
The animation in this movie is all done with CGI, which is then cell-shaded. It looks like a polished dog turd, and it’s made even worse by the fact that the very similar but significantly better animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was released two years before. Apparently it’s based on a manga series by the same guy who did Ghost in the Shell, and it shows in that everything looks exactly the same. Hell, there are major plot elements that are exactly the same in both. I’d much rather watch Ghost in the Shell than this movie, just based on the animation alone. I can’t even describe how bad it looks, go google it or something.