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In the futuristic city of Judoh, some dangers are too much for the police--they require Special Force agent Daisuke Aurora and his robot partner J! When the city's massive underworld is rocked by upheaval, Daisuke and J must struggle to contain gang bosses battling for supremacy. But is there more going on than meets the eye? Who is behind the sudden rise of a previously minor politican to the top of Judoh's underground? How are the mysterious Celestials, who watch Judoh from above, involved? And what secrets lie hidden in Daisuke's own past--and inside J's memory?
Utopia, from the Greek eutopos ("good place") and outopos ("no place"), is an ideal society created for human benefit. Utopian fiction, a genre closely related to science fiction, describes such a society. But the worlds of Appleseed and Heat Guy J are not utopian but dystopian.
Appleseed opens with the promise of an utopian society in Olympus but, as Deunan Knute soon finds out, "utopia" is an ambiguous term. In Heat Guy J, outsiders believe the city of Judoh is paradise on Earth; but for longtime resident Daisuke Aurora, Judoh is a hardboiled wonderland.
Heat Guy J and Appleseed are part of the trend of crossing noir sensibilities with science fiction themes. If you're a fan of Isaac Asimov's Robot Series, or just tech-noir in general, check them out.
Far, far away in a distant time, there is a tribe of people called the Golden Tribe who have the ability to create stars and foretell the future. They gave out a warning to those who have yet to mature: 'Move.'. Three tribes answered their call: the Silver Tribe, the Bronze Tribe, and the Heroic Tribe. Soon after, the Golden Tribe encountered a crashed ship in which only a baby human known as Age survived; they named the child's race the Iron Tribe and assigned one of the few living members of the Heroic Tribe to protect him and his race. Now, in a distant part of the galaxy, humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the other tribes. With only a prophecy to go on, they set out to the deepest depths of space to find their savior named Age -- humanity's last hope.
Seeing as both Heroic Age and Appleseed are futuristic/fantastical mecha anime of a similar style, I believe that those who enjoyed one for these reasons would appreciate the other. But the thing that links these shows the most to me is the vivid, eye-catching art. While it might not be of identical styles, the overall feel is the same. Quite breath-taking, which really adds to the otherworldly/futuristic/surreal feeling that both shows hold.
One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
While at first the two anime movies may seem completely different (i.e. animation style/music/cyber-future v. polluted-future), they have some underlying similarities.
First, there is an important, and very strong (physically and mentally) female character.
Second, both stories are set in a time when the near-destruction of the world has occurred, and people have had to built a society around that devastation.
Finally, the main character must race against time in order to prevent another danger brought about by the human race itself.
Both movies convey messages that are profound and warn against the sins and mistakes of human beings.
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
There are two major differences between Appleseed and Pale Cocoon:
1. Pale Cocoon does not come close to any action sequences.
2. Pale Cacoon is over before it even starts. I believe it manages to last just under 30 minutes.
So why do I recommend it? 'Eye candy.' If beautiful artwork, melding CG and traditional styles is one of the reasons you liked Appleseed, you'll love Pale Cocoon.
As far as the story is concerned, Pale Cocoon does manage to leave a brooding and thought-provoking after-taste as far as the philosophical ideologies of existence is concerned.
And anyway, it's less than 30 minutes of your life; if nothing else, your eyes will definitely be pleased.
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.
Appleseed's CGI may have aged while Planzet's is state of the art (...relatively speaking, for anime) but both are basically anime that are big on CGI sci-fi action and a trifle lighter on story elements. If you watched one for this, the other may amuse.