News Appleseed XIII Anime Series' Image, Details Released (Update 2)
posted on 2010-10-26 01:46 EDT
Micott & Basara provided more details and an image from Jinni's Animation Studios and Production I.G's upcoming Appleseed XIII future paramilitary anime series on Tuesday at Tokyo's TIFFCOM industry event. This latest adaptation of Masamune Shirow's Appleseed manga will be composed of 13 22-minute direct-to-video anime episodes, plus two feature-length compilation films of the episodes. Toshimichi Ootsuki (Neon Genesis Evangelion) is producing for King Records. Micott & Basara summarizes the story, which hews closely to the manga, as follows:
Following a world war that killed half the world's population, the city-nation of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos and conflict. The utopian metropolis is governed by Gaia, a vast artificial intelligence, and administered by a genetically engineered humanoids known as Bioroids.
Although Olympus seems like a peaceful city on the surface, racial (human vs. bioroids vs. cyborgs), religious, and political conflicts lurk underneath — threatening to overturn the delicately balanced "peace." Security threats such as terrorists and anti-government criminals abound, so the use of force becomes a necessary evil even in this so-called "utopia."
Deunan, a young female warrior, and Briareos, a veteran cyborg-soldier, are both partners and lovers, as well as members of ES.W.A.T., the elite special forces serving Olympus. They are deployed wherever trouble strikes.
Conspiracy, terrorism, deadly military weapons technology, greedy corporations, and power-hungry politicians — these are just some of the threats that Deunan and Briareos must contend with as they fight to protect Olympus and save mankind from plunging into another war.
Image © Masamune Shirow/Seishinsha, Appleseed XIII Production Committee
Update: One minute of animated footage (watermarked "Sample") was screened at TIFFCOM.
Updat 2: The official website now has a preview page.
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