The future of anime is here... well it's on DVD anyway. Appleseed is the next step in the evolution towards anime bliss. This movie looks just like I wanted anime to look when I got my eyes on Robotech about 20 years ago. (I'm secretly and foolishly wishing that the series would be remade with this technology, it would look perfect).
Anyhow, about 10 years ago I purchased the original Appleseed (1988)on the word of a friend telling me that it was the ultimate anime flick. Well it wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good either. I believe they only used the first book of four to make it. It was confusing and garbled to watch, with the uber-high pitched and squeaky Japanese voice-overs.
But last year I heard that a remake had been made and I downloaded the previews from the Apple site in Japan. It just looked fantastic. Unfortunately it wasn't released here in Montreal. So I waited and waited for the DVD release and when the day came, I went out to get it. It was BO in all the 8 stores I visited over and over again, for weeks, until 2 days ago when I was at the new Best Buy that opened near my area. I go in and there it was, 3 copies on the shelf, I immediately grabbed one and held on to it like my life depended on it while I took a look at my dream-camera and resisted the temptation to bankrupt myself to purchase it. So to the cash I go. As I do I by the shelf where I picked up my DVD and the remaining 2 copies were already gone. It was my day to get Appleseed I guess.
So yesterday I pop the DVD in as I sit down to eat some pork-chops and boiled potatoes...