DVD Preview: Appleseed: Ex Machina

March 11, 2008 should be a date animé and animation fans should be excited about.

That day is the launch of Appleseed: Ex Machina, the second movie from the Appleseed franchise. The cutting edge Appleseed CGI movies are based on the best-selling manga by Masamune Shirow. Appleseed: Ex Machina is produced by action genre auteur John Woo.

Like the first movie, Appleseed: Ex Machina is pushing the boundaries of CGI animation with its realistic rendition while maintaining the distinct animé style fans all over the world are crazy about. Here's a the trailer:

For the uninitiated with the Appleseed series, here's the synopsis for Appleseed: Ex Machina:
In the year 2133, a war killed off half the population of Earth, plunging the world into chaos and despair. In OLYMPUS, a utopian city-state and the last true bastion of culture and civilization, the ESWAT police force holds the peace. The two star members of this Special Ops team are Deunan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos. Their relationship is threatened when the government reveals a prototype combat clone, named Tereus, who is a clone of Briareos. However, a strange electronic virus begins turning citizens into violent zombies and the trio must team up to track down the terrorists behind this brutal attack before it tears the peaceful utopia apart.

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