The story is interesting but not incredible. There is, of course, your standard "evil corporation is out for world domination" blah, blah, blah, but I must say the way they are getting there is quite original. There was not, however, anything more to the story than that. No REAL twists and turns (other than a few VERY obvious and easily guessable ones), and nothing beyond the resolution of the main story (again the only exception being one small not-quite side-plot involving the main male characters love interest(s). So nothing ground-breaking, heart-wrenching or awe inspiring enough to rate it any higher.
Im at quite an impasse about the animation. The visuals are GORGEOUS... as long as its still shots or combat. Very reminiscent of Appleseed, everything is 3D rendered and cell shaded, and as I said before, quite impressive, except for actual animation of the characters doing anything but combat. Everything from talking to kissing looked horrendously choppy and unnatural. Appleseed by comparison, had equally beautiful visuals with perfect animation to go with it.
Nothing stunning about the sound, but it did its job well. All the random robot moves, explosions, gunfire and such sound great. The English dub is passable (I dont have the Japanese dub so I cant comment on that). The music is lots and LOTS of techno (which I hate I might add). Not holding the techno score against it, I will, however, warn all you fellow techno haters out there.
Characters are likable but pretty run of the mill. Nothing special here: standard plucky heroine; standard stalwart, quiet male lover with troubled past; standard evil head of corporation bent on world domination etc, etc.
So I was kinda disappointed with this one, my friend had recommended it pretty highly (and he doesnt like anime), and at first glance it looks to be a darn good movie. I falls short of the mark of greatness though, and simply slides into mediocrity. Worth a rent but I wouldnt waste too much money on this one.