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January 19, 2005

Appleseed

I won't try to write a full review, as it's late, but I finished watching the second part of Appleseed tonight. It gets across the kernel of the manga story, and conveys Masamune Shirow's beautiful art design. The motion capture for the characters was pretty detailed, but I generally felt I was watching mannequins when there was a need for subtle facial expression. Not quite Uncanny Valley territory, but stilted.

On the whole, I enjoyed it most when they were covering the backstory of the Appleseed universe, and I yawned a few times during the chases and spidertank battles. I'm happiest when Shirow's talking heads take the front rank.

Still, a beautiful movie, with lots of fetching detail. It was worth the gander.

Posted by dpwakefield at January 19, 2005 10:41 PM