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Appleseed: Ex Machina

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In the far future, the world lives under the guidance of Olympus – a utopia built after the end of a global war that decimated over half the world’s population. Mankind lives beside both cyborgs and bioroids, a breed of genetically-engineered humans who don’t feel negative emotions. Deunan and Briareous continue to fight for the Olympus task force E.S.W.A.T., but after Briareous is injured in a mission involving a terrorist attack, Deunan is forced to partner with Tereus: a prototype combat bioroid whose genetic makeup was taken from Briareous. Together, the three must try to unravel an insidious terrorist plot and save Olympus once more.

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Appleseed OVA 1988 TBD
Appleseed Movie Movie 2004 Prequel
Appleseed XIII Other 2011 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Appleseed 1985 TBD
Name Role
Masaki YAMADA Character Design
Shinji ARAMAKI Director
Masamune SHIROW Original Manga Creator

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Appleseed: Ex Machina FotacienShado 8/10 Dec 20, 2011
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CGI-laden anime films with flashy cyberpunk landscapes and dodgy character models. They provide a barrel-load of action that covers up thin plot and shallow characterisation. Ex Machina is the stronger of the two - and lacks Vexille's desperate urge to be the Matrix - but you'll probably enjoy both on some level.


Both movies have kick-arse female protagonists who belong to a police force of sorts in futuristic cities. The themes of these movies also explore the boundaries between humans and androids and what it means to be a machine. Both have a similar feel to them and it must be said that both have excellent computer animation.


These two movies share a similar animation style. Both are set in the future and feature a female lead who is quite capable of holding her own in a fight. There is plenty of action in both movies, as they explore what it means to be human. If you enjoyed Appleseed: Ex Machina, I think you'd probably enjoy Vexille.

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  • 2010

In the year 2047, the invaders came without warning, annihilating most of humanity in days. And while the survivors banded together to form a new world government to combat the threat, by 2053, mankind's outlook is bleak. Now, in a final desperate attack, hope lies only with a soldier who lost his father in the invasion, and a weapon more powerful than belief.

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Mecha. CGI. Science fiction cliches. Not particularly memorable plotting or characterisation. You want to just while away some time with stuff being shot at and things looking pretty CGI, either Ex Machina (a sequel to the Appleseed Movie, so seeing the first is recommended but not required) or Planzet is perfectly fine.

Resident Evil: Degeneration

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  • 2008

It’s been some time since Raccoon City, the origin of the T-Virus outbreak, was wiped off the map by the military. Umbrella Corporation’s stock plummeted and a new pharmaceutical company called WilPharma has risen in its place; however, unlike its predecessor, WilPharma is working on a vaccine for the illness that turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies. Claire Redfield has just landed in WilPharma’s town to visit a friend when she finds herself in the center of a zombie-filled bloodbath. Leon Kennedy and members of the Special Response Team are called in to save Claire and the other survivors from the airport, saving an important member of WilPharma in the process. What has caused this new recurrance of the T-Virus? Claire and Leon must get to the bottom of things before nefarious foes are able to carry out their plans...

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While Resident Evil: Degeneration and Appleseed: Ex Machina don't have much in common plot-wise (except both being futuristic sci fi tales), they have a very similar cinematic feel. Both play out like a live action movie with awesome audio and animation, and will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Call it a hunch but if you liked one odds are you'd like the other.