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Appleseed 1988 OVA Series DVD

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About Appleseed 1988 OVA Series DVD

The original Appleseed 1988 OVA Series was directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama.

After the devastation of World War III, the scattered governments of the world construct the perfect city administered by perfect Biodroids - artificially created half-human half-robots. Life in Olympus is carefully controlled and monitored - and some of its human population have had enough. A dedicated band of terrorists plot to destroy Gaia, the central computer, and restore freedom to mankind. After a daring raid of a high security facility, they have the weapons and information they need to complete their mission - including the key to the end of Gaia. Will they be stopped before they ruin the dream of paradise?

Appleseed takes us into the explosive world of the Extra Special Weapons and Tactics Squad of the Olympus Police Force, as they battle against those who would destroy their utopia. Join two of the finest (and most reckless) officers on the force in this high-tech animated thriller. Based on the internationally successful comic series by Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a high-octane, action-packed race against time as the future of a civilization hangs in the balance.


  • Publisher: DISCOTEK
  • Media: DVD
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Themes: Mecha
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Run Time: 65
  • Release Date: 4/30/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: 1

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3 star rating out of 5

Unamazing, but solid slice of old-school action anime

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Appleseed '88 is a pretty typical mid-range anime OVA from that era: enjoyable but not mind-blowing (although there are 1 or 2 standout action scenes). Characters designs have a lot of personality and show a wide range of people - and robot/cyborg - types, unlike today where 99% of characters are variations of "generic teenage boy/girl" or "generic little moe girl". The designs of the setting, vehicles and mecha are very retro-futurism, very "toyetic" and not unlike older Macross. It's also a breezy watch that wraps things up, perhaps, TOO quickly to the point of being a bit anti-climactic.

If you're a fan of 80's anime or 80's cartoons that were animated in Japan anyway (GI Joe, for instance) there's a lot to like here... but it's miles away from, say, Akira which came out the same year. It's not quite able to reach the quality of stuff like Bubblegum Crisis or Patlabor either. It's solid, and fun, but it's also pretty dumb and forgettable. It's kinda middle of the road.