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Appleseed XIII: Complete Series [Blu-ray]

David Matranga , Luci Christian , Colleen Clinkenbeard  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Matranga, Luci Christian, Charlie Campbell
  • Directors: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Japanese (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BLQRFRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Appleseed XIII (2011) is the fourth adaptation of the manga by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) for the screen. When it appeared in 1988, Shinji Aramaki's first animated version felt like a summary of anime's past, while Akira pointed the way to the future. The second Appleseed (2004), also directed by Aramaki, was an unimpressive motion capture feature. Appleseed Ex Machina (2007), directed by Aramaki, but produced by John Woo, was more elaborate, flashy, and violent. Director Takayuki Hamana and his crew turn this adaptation into a sort of Beauty and the Beast story between tough-as-press-on-nails ES.W.A.T. agent Deunan and cyborg "bioroid" Briareos, a boyfriend-protector-father figure. Although she describes herself as a "rolls with the punches, ballsy hellcat," Deunan isn't particularly effective as a defender of Olympus City. The people she's assigned to guard keep getting killed. She also ignores orders, rashly takes on enemies single-handedly, and squabbles endlessly with Briareos. In yet another story of prejudicial hatred between humans and cyborgs, Deunan and Briareos fight Deia, who shifts from legitimate "goodwill ambassador" to high-tech terrorist and back with surprising casualness. The chattering script includes a lot of allusions to classical mythology, none of them particularly apt. The computer animation is stiff and clumsy: facial expressions don't read, nothing has any weight, and the characters don't even walk convincingly. Every episode is heavily padded with repeated shots of a cluster of sculptures depicting the Labors of Hercules, a half-ruined fresco, endless flashbacks of Deunan's childhood, and reused footage from earlier episodes. Appleseed XIII offers less original animation--and fewer original ideas--than any series in recent memory. The TV program was recut into a theatrical feature and rereleased in 2013. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Nemean Lion, 2. The Augean Stables, 3. The Ceryneian Hind, 4. The Cattle of Geryon, 5. The Cretan Bull, 6. The Erymanthian Boar, 7. The Stymphalean Birds, 8. The Mares of Diomedes, 9. The Girdle of Hippolyta, 10. The Lernaean Hydra, 11. The Apples of Hesperides, 12. The Capture of Cerberus, 13. Paradeisos)

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In the wake of destruction from a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city of Olympus has become the control center of the world. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organization uprises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join a special mech-piloting, military force to take down the leader of the terrorist organization.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Obviously anyone who has watched Ghost In The Shell movies or series will see the connection between these two series and while the Appleseed movies were pretty good the series seems to lack that little touch that made those movies much more entertaining to watch. The basic story of the series is also one that while expected is also pretty boringly generic with a lot of sci-fi action drama animes we've seen in the last ten years,you have the villain or villainess who feels that the current government or society is wrong or obsolete and so seeks to rectify this problem with their own ideals on what the proper or perfect lifestyle for humanity should be.

Also the animation is definitely sub par to what you see in the two movies,while I wasn't expecting it to keep up with that level of animation it still would have been nice if they upgraded their animation a little more that what we saw with the series.It's not that the animation is atrocious as you get spoiled on the detail of the previous mentioned movies and the animation we see on the series feels like a letdown somewhat. The voice cast though are great in their character roles I'm especially happy that two of the dub cast came back to voice their roles again in the series(David Matranga as Briareos and Luci Christian as Deunan Knute) though sadly one of the Japanese voice cast from the movies didn't return you still have two talented actors voice the characters(Maaya Sakamoto as Deunan Knute and Kōichi Yamadera as Briareos). The extras are pretty much ones we've seen with past sets the usual commentaries and trailers as well as textless intro/ending songs but that's pretty much it.

So for fans of the Appleseed movies or GITS here's a good series to look at just don't expect to much from the story or expect the high animation you saw with the movies do and all you'll get is disappointment.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beats NOIR for flashbacks June 8, 2013
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After having see half the episodes, so far, I have to agree that, while enjoyable, it just doesn't hold up.
Previous to this series, NOIR held the record for the use of flashback scenes. This one blew it out of the water.
The animation wasn't disgraceful; just distracting, especially the teeth. Ovarall, it actually reminds me of the rotoscoping that was used for "A Scanner Darkly".
The characers just don't have the same vibe as before nor do they really reflect the characterization from the manga; except, maybe, Lance and Kotus. I can forgive this because the original characters are pretty complex and it's difficult to portray this in a short form like a video or series. Perhaps the best portrayal of Deunan that I remember is the old cell animated ova.
The writing isn't bad. It should be noted that Appleseed came before GitS, so the material is a little dated to begin with, and the writers are putting their own spin on things. While it's not classic Masamune Shirow, is ok.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you are new to Masamune Shirow's work (The manga artist who created the manga for Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, and lesser known works which were also adapted into anime series such as Dominion Tank Police, the OVA Landlock, and the original Appleseed OVA anime.), in Appleseed XIII you will be getting a faithful rendering of Shirow's Appleseed universe and characters. It is every bit political and action packed as any previous anime or movies. It is also just as thought-provoking.

This TV series does stay true to Duenan and Briearios's characters, along with supporting cast like Hitomi and others in ESWAT. You get the beer drinking Duenan, and who is also always ready for confronting terrorists alongside Briaerios in defense of the city of Olympus which they have made their home. You also get plenty of Shirow style no-nonsense dialogue when it comes to crime fighting and the usual sort of police procedural found in the Ghost in the Shell TV series and movies.

The animation is top-notch for any anime TV series. You can check trailers for this show elsewhere and judge for yourself. This isn't a movie, it's a TV series, and it has the artistic direction of a TV series, but within Appleseed XIII you will see as beautiful art as anything you've seen in anime. The CGI shows every character's emotion superbly, and the mechanical designs of the various robots, androids, "flying piloted robots of various sizes," and everything else is beautiful and true to Shirow's original mechanical designs.

This show also has the time to explore the relationship between Duenan and Briarieos and certain conflicts that come up between them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different... but good. July 11, 2013
By Rook
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If you liked the previous releases of Appleseed, you'll _probably_ like this one... but it is a different beast.
The art style more reminiscent of Shirow's actual early comic Manga work, and not the more "polished" CG
work of Appleseed EX Machina.

The story is interesting, but they use some static "art shots" too often, which at times seems to disrupt the
flow of the animation experience itself.

I've been a fan of Appleseed since I read the first Manga back in the 1980s, so on that basis alone, I liked it.

However, the art/story direction is not as polished as in AEX, but overall it does stand on its own.

English voice acting was fine as well.

Worth picking up if you're a fan of the characters and setting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good.
decent series!! pretty good.
Published 17 days ago by Qeasy24
3.0 out of 5 stars Good except for the redundant redundancy ...
I've been a fan of Appleseed since the B&W comics came out in the 80s. I liked this series well enough, except that there seems to be a lot of padding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kent Multer
5.0 out of 5 stars I say worth the purchase.
Good story line. Not as good effects...there were some parts of story that needed more explanations . But all in all good.
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Hite
5.0 out of 5 stars damn good anime
dame good anime to watch. give A++++, might ti watch again and again. appleseed fans a must see anime!! the best
Published 5 months ago by brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition With Excellent Visual Effects
I had already found and watched Appleseed, and then Appleseed, Ex Machina. I really loved that movie!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Cornell
3.0 out of 5 stars Better go with the OVA version
This television series is a direct continuation of the Appleseed and Applseed ExMachina movies which had been previously released on DVD and Blu ray. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Appleseed XIII
I almost didn't get this because of some lackluster reviews but I am glad I did. Blu Ray quality is excellent, music is nice, and I enjoyed the stories. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Al
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent anime
Then again, I like anime. Not as good as the movies, but not bad at all. If you like 'Appleseed', it's worth it. Just wish that it'd been available in DVD-only packaging.
Published 7 months ago by Snarkodon
3.0 out of 5 stars Appleseed XIII
I did not find it as much to my liking as other entries in the Appleseed series. Also the animation style while something I have not seen before, was not to my liking either
Published 8 months ago by Pat
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, not the greatest of animation.
It almost seems like a step back in animation quality to be honest. The story like is good and the English dubbing is well done and it is a good take on the Appleseed universe.
Published 8 months ago by J. Clem
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