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Appleseed XIII CG Anime Series Green-Lit for Next Spring

posted on by Egan Loo
Not a sequel to 2 CG films; Erin's Hamana directs future police story at Jinni's, I.G

Appleseed XIII, a new 13-episode computer-animated series adaptation of Masamune Shirow's Appleseed future police manga, has been green-lit for next spring. The series will not be a sequel to the two previous computer-animated movies directed by Shinji Aramaki, but a new retelling. Like the original manga, the story follows the exploits of the ES.W.A.T. paramilitary unit member Deunan and her combat cyborg colleague Briareos at the city of Olympus after World War V.

Takayuki Hamana (The Beast Player Erin, Chocolate Underground, Library War, Moshidora, The Prince of Tennis) is directing the animators at Jinni's Animation Studios, in cooperation with Production I.G. Jun'ichi Fujisaku (The Beast Player Erin, Blood+, Moshidora, Real Drive) is supervising and co-writing the scripts, and Takayuki Goto (The Beast Player Erin, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, Hunter X Hunter, Video Girl Ai) is designing the characters based on Shirow's original work. Atsushi Takeuchi (Ghost in the Shell, Yukikaze, The Sky Crawlers, Reideen) is returning from Aramaki's first Appleseed film to draw the mechanical designs.

The company Micott & Basara is producing the project as it did for the two Aramaki films. Micott & Basara had announced Appleseed: Genesis, a previous attempt to adapt Appleseed into a computer-animated series, in 2008. However, the project at the studio Radix mobanimation was suspended, and Radix, sued Micott & Basara. (Micott & Basara counter-sued Radix.)

Source: MyCom Journal

Update: More background information added.

This article has a follow-up: Appleseed XIII Anime Series' Image, Details Released (Update 2) (2010-10-26 01:46)
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