Appleseed Alpha [Anime Review - Cyberpunk / Sci-Fi / Post Apocalyptic] - Matt Doyle Media Dot Com
Appleseed Alpha, as the story is called, is once again a reboot (now the third) of the series, and places protagonists Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires. The plot concerns a colleague of Deunan and Briareos, who feels that Age- Gap Romance: In addition to the relationship quirks of dating a cyborg, Briareos is. Briareos (Japanese: ブリアレオス, Hepburn: Buriareosu) [Hecatonchires Cyborg System] (ヘカトンケイレス, Hekatonkeiresu) is a character from Masamune Shirow' s Appleseed manga and its adaptations in anime. He is one of the two protagonists of the series, the other being Deunan Knute.
It's a refreshingly straightforward plot for a big-budget anime sci-fi action picture.
The genre has historically been plagued with insanely complex or, in the case of the first Appleseed movie, insanely boring plots.
Ex Machina feels a bit more like an American action movie, with a simple plot that zips right along from action sequence to action sequence, stopping occasionally for brief expository conversations between the principal characters.
It's a far cry from the head games of movies like Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and its ilk, resulting in an experience that's a lot less draining or sleep-inducing. The dialogue leaves something to be desired, to be sure — nearly every conversation is belabored exposition, often with characters telling each other things they already know for the sake of the audience — but it's not enough to drag the whole thing down.
Appleseed Alpha [Anime Review – Cyberpunk / Sci-Fi / Post Apocalyptic]
The story is helped immensely by the inclusion of an open, obvious romance between Briareos and Deunan. Although it's difficult not to think about the obvious issues their relationship would have how do they have sex, anyway?
Surely that can't be… oh, nevermindthe element of romance adds a very welcome, surprisingly honest and relatable human element to a film that could have potentially been very cold.
Obviously, the most important thing about Ex Machina is the visuals, and in terms of art design and execution, it's a knockout. Both Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina were good, but the style of animation in each felt slightly off-putting at times to me.
Here though, the team have opted for something closer to the Final Fantasy CG films in terms of style, and it works wonders.
Despite the odd little unnatural looking movement, the film is visually really nice. The action comes fast and heavy, the character designs in particular for the cyborgs are really nicely done, and the actual environment is near photo-realistic, right down to small stones and blades of grass.
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Oh, and of course, we have a suitably impressive spider tank to view. What would a Masamune Shirow piece be without one, eh?
Appleseed (Manga) - TV Tropes
Seriously though, this truly is a major improvement, and I for one hope that the quality continues with any further instalments.
The story itself is a pretty good one too. On top of that, with a minute run time, the pacing is kept swift with nothing really screaming filler. All I can say with a few snippets of info gleaned from the Net, is a renegade group of mad scientists not those pesky mad scientists AGAIN!
Briareos Hecatonchires - Wikipedia
These are a sinch compared to the predators though, as the basic bodies come pre-dressed in their rubber body gloves. So they both have a limited amount of movement but they have a ton more than I originally feared, and they can be posed pretty well.
And the Anime facial sculpt and angular hair make this a spot-on rendition of Deunan as she appears in the movie. I might be slightly biased as I have wanted to see this figure done well since I saw the first CG movie three years ago, and this far outstrips anything I could have wished for at that time. If you love cool Anime babes this is just a must have!
His head seems to be an exact copy of the on-screen version, making me wonder if HT were privy to some of the actual 3D models created for the character, if not then full respect for pulling off such a great rendition.
Because of the nature of these figures they demanded totally new hand sculpts, both to hold their specific accessories but also to tie in with the rest of their body armour.