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Appleseed XIII Released on Film/Net/BD Simultaneously

posted on by Egan Loo
Maaya Sakamoto, Kouichi Yamadera to star in Appleseed XIII ~Yuigon~ on June 13

The official website for the Appleseed XIII anime announced on Friday that the project will debut simultaneously in Japanese theaters, on the Internet, and on Blu-ray Disc this June. The "theatrical remix version" of the first half of the story, Appleseed XIII ~Yuigon~, will open in theaters in Tokyo and Osaka on June 13, followed by a theatrical run in Nagoya starting June 27. During the theatrical release of the film, a limited edition of the first Blu-ray volume will be sold exclusively at theaters showing the film.

The regular first volume of the anime will then ship with three episodes on Blu-ray and DVD on July 6. (The Blu-ray version will bundle a 48-page deluxe book.) All 13 episodes will also be streamed online. The second film, Appleseed XIII ~Yogen~ will open in Tokyo on October 24 and then in Nagoya on November 7. Maaya Sakamoto will play the young female ES.W.A.T. police officer Deunan, and Kouichi Yamadera will play the veteran cyborg-soldier Briareos.

Appleseed XIII is a new retelling of Masamune Shirow's Appleseed future paramilitary manga, separate from Kazuyoshi Katayama's previous original video anime and Shinji Aramaki's two computer-animated movies. This latest adaptation will be composed of 13 22-minute direct-to-video anime episodes, plus two feature-length compilation films of the episodes.

Takayuki Hamana (The Beast Player Erin, Chocolate Underground, Library War, Moshidora, The Prince of Tennis) is directing the animators at Jinni's Animation Studios (Fireball), 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 Gotō (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.

Image © Masamune Shirow/Seishinsha, Appleseed XIII Production Committee

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