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Promotional poster for Appleseed
Kana アップルシード
Rōmaji Appurushīdo
Directed by Shinji Aramaki
Produced by Fumihiko Sori
Naoko Watanabe
Hidenori Ueki
Written by Haruka Handa
Tsutomu Kamishiro
Starring Jennifer Proud, James Lyon (Geneon)
Luci Christian, David Matranga (Sentai)
Distributed by Japan Toho (theatrical)
United States Geneon(formerly)
Canada United States Section23 Films (current)
Release date(s) May 14, 2004 (Japan)
January 14, 2005 (USA)
Running time 106 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English
Preceded by The Appleseed
Followed by Appleseed: Ex Machina

Appleseed (アップルシード Appurushīdo?) is a Japanese anime film, directed by Shinji Aramaki and originally released in Japan on May 17, 2004. It is based on the characters created by Masamune Shirow in the original Appleseed manga series that was published in 1985. Although it shares some characters with the original series, this film's storyline is not connected to it. It is not to be confused with the 1988 OVA also based on the manga. It was first released on DVD May 5, 2005 by Geneon USA. However, Geneon's USA division had closed it's doors in December 2007.[1] The film was then picked up by Section23 Films; with distribution from ADV Films and was re-released on DVD in July 1, 2009.[2] The Blu-ray edition of Appleseed will be released on May 18, 2010 by Section23 Films; it will be re-dubbed by the same cast from Appleseed: Ex Machina.[3]



Set in 2131 AD, Appleseed stars Deunan Knute, a young female soldier and a survivor of the Global War. While she is fighting, a platoon of soldiers fly in and open fire on the enemy. She runs only to be hit by a tranquilizing system shot by one of her rescuers. Deunan wakes up attached to a scanning device. Alarmed, she breaks free and takes a hostage while she attempts to escape, but is stopped by her former lover Briareos, who is now a cyborg. She learns that the war had ended months before while she continued fighting unaware. She is now in a Utopian city called Olympus. Its population is half human and half clone, a genetically-engineered species called Bioroids. Olympus is governed by three factions: Prime Minister Athena, General Uranus III, head of the Olympus Army; and a Council of Elders. Everything in the city is observed by an artificial intelligence named Gaia from a building called Tartarus. Here, Deunan joins the prestigious ESWAT organization to serve as the city's guardian and befriends a Second Generation Bioroid named Hitomi (whom she had previously taken hostage).

The Original Bioroids were created from the DNA of Deunan's father, Carl, making the Second Generation Bioroids her brothers and sisters, genetically speaking. Unfortunately, they have a lifespan much shorter than those of humans due to the suppression of their reproductive capabilities. When the facilities that were used in the Bioroid's life extension processes are destroyed by a secret faction of the Olympus Regular Army in a terrorist attack as part of its demonstration of fear and hatred for the Bioroids, a crisis which requires immediate resolution is formed, and the Appleseed data is revealed to still exist, even though most thought it destroyed.

Under the surface, Olympus is plagued by conflicting factions. Some believe that Bioroids are a threat to the future advancement of mankind, whilst others believe that humans themselves are the threat. The ultimate question is over everyone's right to life, and whether or not one group deserves life more than the other. At the center of this battle is Appleseed, the data that is able to restore the Bioroids' reproductive abilities, along with extending Bioroid life.

Along with a top secret strike force, Deunan and Briareos head for the building where the Bioroids were originally created. With a disk given to her from Athena, she activates a holographic recording, in which the location of Appleseed is revealed. Dr. Gilliam, who created the Bioroids, entrusted the Appleseed to her daughter, Deunan. But she was killed by the military. And then coincidentally, the military had also arrived, thanks to a spy on their team. Colonel Hades, the anti-Bioroid activist who destroyed the Bioroid care facilities, reveals to Deunan that Briareos had intentionally allowed his Landmate (large exoskeleton-like battlesuits) to escape. They run to the rooftop with their team killed and get cornered by the Regular Army. Worse, Uranus had also come. He tries to convince Deunan that Bioroids seek to control humans, so he plans to blow up the D-Tank on Tartarus. Briareos tries to plea to the General that the Elders were the ones who planned this; the D-tank, which controls a virus that was originally meant to keep Bioroids in line, was reworked to sterilize humanity. Hades convinces Uranus that trying to negotiate is pointless. He reveals to Deunan that he blames her father for all that has happened. "If there's any one to blame, blame your father" and starts shooting. Briareos acts as a shield and Deunan shoots Hades directly in the brow and was barely able to escape. They then wash up on a beach, where Briareos confesses all that he had done was to see her again and seemingly dies. When morning breaks, Yoshitsune, an ESWAT mechanic, flies over in his landmate, having received Briareos' SOS and begins repairing him. Deunan takes his Landmate back to Olympus.

When she returned to Olympus, the Council of Elders were able to save the Bioroids. However, she confronts them that they killed her mother. The Elders confessed and reveal that they intend to unleash the deadly D-tank virus onto Olympus, sterilizing the human race, leaving the Bioroids the new rulers of Earth, claiming it is the will of Gaia and that humanity had lost its chance at paradise. They required the Appleseed in order to keep the Bioroids alive, but Gilliam found out and hid the data so their plan could never come to fruition. However, both the military and Bioroids catch on and disable the button that'll unleash the virus. Athena tells Deunan that the Elders had been acting on their own and shut down Gaia once it realized humanity has lessened its hatred towards Bioroids. As a result, the Elders will soon die because Gaia regulates their life support systems. Unfortunately, the elders had a contingency plan; several mobile fortresses activate and began marching towards their location, to destroy Tartarus at point-blank range. Hitomi reveals to everyone assembled that her name can shut down the fortresses on the number 7. ESWAT begins mobilizing their forces to try to slow down the towers, with heavy casualties. Deunan and Briareos reach number 7 and the former begins to input the password. However, a malfunction prevents her from entering the 'M' and the 'I'. A nearby fortress shoots at them, Briareos uses his Landmate as a shield, throwing him back. Deunan manages to grab his arm; He pleads her to let him go and finish the password. Deunan tries to finish the password but is short one letter when she slips. Desperately reaching, Deunan says, "Mother, help me", and the final letter inexplicably appears by itself. She then hits the shut off button, stopping the fortresses at the last second. Her voice then ends the movie by saying that the sins of humanity might get worse, but the next generation may learn from mistakes, so she'll keeping fighting for their children, the true new race of man.



Deunan Knute

Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi (Japanese), Jennifer Proud (Geneon Dub), Luci Christian (Sentai Dub) (English)
The daughter of Carl Knute and Dr. Gilliam, Deunan, a beautiful young woman and a highly skilled warrior, has spent almost her entire life fighting in a war that is, for the most part, over. It was not until she was rescued by an E.S.W.A.T. (Extra Special Weapons And Advanced Tactics) team led by Hitomi and her former lover Briareos in the middle of a ruined city, just after Deunan had a short but fierce battle with unidentified enemies, that she was finally evacuated from the Badlands. When she arrived in Olympus, the change of environment was severe, but it was a greater shock to her when she found that Briareos had lost over 75% of his original body during the last Global War and was now a cyborg.

The day after she is brought to the city of Olympus, Deunan learns that over half of the population of the city is composed of artificial humans called Bioroids and that her new friend, Hitomi, is one herself. Deunan also discovers that other people are looking for her, mostly because she possesses, without knowing it, the secret of "Appleseed". That interest will become extremely important when Hitomi's life will be at risk and the "Appleseed Data" will be needed to save her and the entire Bioroid population of Olympus. But, unknown to Deunan, the discovery of the "Appleseed Data" could condemn the human population to extinction. This situation threatens to put her into conflict with the powerful Olympus Regular Army (O.R.A.), composed entirely of humans, under the command of General Edward Uranus III and Colonel Hades.

Briareos Hecatonchires

Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Jamieson Price (Geneon Dub), David Matranga (Sentai Dub) (English)
Briareos is a trained SWAT officer, as well as the lover of Deunan (her point man). He now works with Deunan in Olympus during the Appleseed crisis. He is now a cyborg as his body was severely damaged in battle.

Athena Areios

Voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Carolyn Hennesy (Geneon Dub), Allison Sumrall (Sentai Dub) (English)
Prime Minister of Olympus, Athena Areios is a first-generation Bioroid created by Deunan's mother, Dr. Gilliam Knute, and served as her lab assistant until Dr. Knute's death. Because Athena is a first-generation Bioroid, she doesn't have the emotional limitations the second-generation has, so she has greater latitude to use "extraordinary" methods to try to find Deunan. Of course, she also runs the risk that either the Council of Elders or General Uranus would find out and take action against her, so she, along with her chief-of staff Nike, have to be very careful.


Voiced by: Miho Yamada (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (Geneon Dub), Shelley Calene-Black (Sentai Dub) (English)
Nike is Athena Areios's chief-of-staff, as well as being commander-in-chief of ES.W.A.T. Although she is a second-generation Bioroid, and being such having her emotions controlled, she is fiercely loyal to Athena, not to mention the Bioroids' prime purpose: the salvation of humanity.


Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Japanese), Mia Bradly(Geneon Dub), Hilary Haag (Sentai Dub) (English)
A second-generation Bioroid, Hitomi is charged with recruiting new members of ES.W.A.T. She had led the rescue mission of Deunan Knute in the Badlands, as well as aiding her getting settled in Olympus. Although her emotions are regulated, she has interest in the emotion of love, and is disturbed by hate, as expressed by the human soldiers of the O.R.A, especially towards the Bioroids.

Yoshitsune Miyamoto

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (Geneon Dub), Chris Patton (Sentai Dub) (English)
Also a second-generation Bioroid, Yoshitsune Miyamoto... or "Yoshi" as he is referred to, is ES.W.A.T.'s chief mechanic and Land Strider designer. He also would like to further examine Briareos' cybernetic armor more closely, if Briareos would allow it. His knowledge of mechanical workings would become useful later in the film. Yoshi seems to care for Hitomi.

It should be noted that in the bonus disc of the North American Director's Edition Yoshitsune Miyamoto is described as a human.

Edward Uranus III

Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (Geneon Dub), Jason Douglas (Sentai Dub) (English)
Supreme commander of the O.R.A., General Edward Uranus III has a great distrust of the Bioroids, and wishes to either control them or totally eliminate them. But unlike his subordinate Hades, he is not given to irrationality. A friend of both Carl Knute and Dr, Gilliam, Uranus deeply regrets the death of Dr. Gilliam and wants to persuade Deunan to help him in his quest.

However, when General Uranus was made aware of the Council of Elder's plans to replace humans with Bioroids, then sterilize the humans using the "D-tank", he voluntarily surrendered, rather than be used as a pawn in the Council's plans.


Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Jack Aubree (Geneon Dub), Andrew Love (Sentai Dub) (English)
Colonel Hades is Gen. Uranus's subordinate. Like Uranus, he has a great distrust of the Bioroids. However, his distrust has evolved into an irrational, all-consuming hatred, and wishes to see the Bioroids destroyed.

Originally, Hades served under Carl Knute, Deunan's father, in Los Angeles' S.W.A.T., but was thrown out by Carl because of his extreme methods. He held a grudge with Carl, and is furious that Carl's D.N.A. is in all the Bioroids.

In the end, he is killed by Deunan with her father's pistol.


Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (Japanese), Jack Aubree (Geneon Dub), Kalob Martinez (Sentai Dub) (English)
Kudoh is one of the top members of ES.W.A.T. He participates in some training sessions with Deunan and eventually earns her respect. When she and Briareos head to Dr. Gilliam Knute's old lab, Kudoh comes along. After they are betrayed by fellow ES.W.A.T. member Leyton, who is sympathetic towards the O.R.A., Kudoh stays behind, keeping his gun trained on Hades so that Deunan and Briareos can escape.

Shortly after this, Kudoh is gunned down by numerous O.R.A. soldiers and collapses dead against the wall of a hallway. Deunan expresses great distress over his death, but Briareos drags her away reluctantly, the O.R.A. hot on their trail.

Dr. Gilliam

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (Japanese), Mia Bradly (Geneon Dub), Kara Greenberg (Sentai Dub) (English)
Dr. Gilliam was the scientist that created the Bioroids, as well as the "D-tank" virus, which is capable to rendering normal humans sterile. It was during the creation of the first generation that she realized that the Council of Elders planned to use the Bioroids to replace normal humanity altogether, with normal humans rendered sterile by the "D-tank" virus. Therefore, she arranged that the Bioroids would not be able to reproduce but kept and encoded the formula to activate their reproductive systems - codenamed "Appleseed" - in a pendant, which after she had her assistant Athena evacuated, she had given to her young daughter Deunan, with the promise to give it to Athena if she asked. Dr. Gilliam was later captured by the military - and mistakenly killed by a soldier in front of Deunan.

The Council of Elders

Voiced by: Fumio Matsuoka (Japanese), Doug Stone (Geneon Dub), Andy McAvin (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Hirotake Nagata (Japanese), Fred Bloggs (Geneon Dub), T. Posthlewaite (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Ikuo Nishikawa (Japanese), Kim Strauss (Geneon Dub), Marty Fleck (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Ryuji Nakagi (Japanese), Michael Sorich (Geneon Dub), John Gremillion (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Takeshiro Koyama (Japanese), Mike Reynolds (Geneon Dub), Christopher Ayres (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Kuwagaki (Japanese), Russel Thor (Geneon Dub), Ted Pfister (Sentai Dub) (English)
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kaneko (Japanese), William Frederick Knight (Geneon Dub), Stefan Craig (Sentai Dub) (English)
The seven elders determine the final will of Olympus through a dialogue with the Gaia supercomputer, constantly hooked up to machines in a room deep within the legislature, engaged in scholarly discussions of grave importance. Believing that humanity has no future, they risked their own lives to set up Bioroids' rise as the dominant lifeforms. Their names are, in the order of their respective actors, Oionos, Cadmos, Hestia, Elektrion, Laios, Glaukos, and Deukalion.


The original soundtrack and music to the series features an electronic, techno and trance theme, with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, Boom Boom Satellites, Akufen, Carl Craig, T. Raumschmiere and Ryuichi Sakamoto handling the music.


Director Shinji Aramaki also directed the sequel to the 2004 movie, titled Appleseed Ex Machina, which was released in fall 2007 in Japan. The movie once again featured animated computer-generated imagery


  1. ^ "Geneon USA To Cancel DVD Sales Distibution By Friday". Anime News Network. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Appleseed, Captain Tylor OVA DVD Re-issues Listed". Anime News Network. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Sentai Adds Asu No Yoichi, Eyeshield 21 Anime". Anime News Network. 2010-02-26. 

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