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I have mixed feelings...
The Appleseed Movie is coming.

On the one hand, it looks like kind of cheesy CGI animation. On the other... dude, Appleseed! Appleseed is one of my favorite manga stories of all time, and the one cell animated OAV that came out many years ago completely failed to do it justice. This at least looks like the designs and story resemble the original.

(The original OAV also has one of the most notable tech gaffs I've spotted in an anime. Early on there is an overhead shot of a twin rotor helicopter, ala Chinook, landing. They drew it with both rotors rotating the same way. 1. They overlap, even if the rotor discs don't normally mesh (vertical separation), it is a *bad* idea because it can happen. You want them to counter-rotate to inter-mesh safely. 2. You also want them to counter-rotate to cancel the torque. That's why twin rotor choppers don't need a tail, aka anti-torque, rotor. (Which brings to mind an old GI Joe toy I saw years ago - much like the 'Skystryker' was a tweaked F-14, this was a troop chopper, and it was a kind of tweaked Chinook - only the toy designer had added a completely pointless tail rotor to it!) That Appleseed gaff bugged me the first time I watched it, and has bugged me every since.)

I am: hungry hungry
Current Media: The Cure: Lullaby

elfs From: elfs Date: December 31st, 2004 02:23 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've seen the first half of it. It's okay. The CGI is cheesy, but not bad. Duenan is even more of a stupendous badass than she was in the first film; in this one, she's virtually a freakin' Jedi in the way she takes on battletanks and combatdroids with just her little handgun. And the sexual tension between her and Brierios is much more explicit.

And they matured Hitomi! How could you do that? The whiny, drunk barfly is now a mature woman doling out practical advice. Whaaa!

But the visuals are gorgeous.
mackys From: mackys Date: December 31st, 2004 05:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

I have to say...

Maybe it's not true to the manga, but that all sounds awfully damn good to me...
From: ninjarat Date: December 31st, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That isn't so out of character for Hitomi, actually. She *is* of the original batch of Olympus bioroids after all, and she does start acting her age in volumes 3 and 4 of the manga. And by all accounts the script doesn't suck. I'll admit, though, that half of why I want to see it is to see how well they animated Shirow's mechanical designs which are notoriously difficult or even impossible to animate.
elfs From: elfs Date: December 31st, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
If they're "impossible to animate" via CGI, it's because Shirow didn't sufficiently consider range-of-motion questions when he drew them. From what I've seen, they did a damn fine job of picking and choosing from among his designs to show what could be implemented if only we had the materials.
From: ninjarat Date: December 31st, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
From what I gathered from the interviews with the lead animators and mechanical designer for the Gundress movie (extras on the US DVD release of that), the minor changes they made to Shirow's landmate designs were not because of range of motion but because they did not move like humans move. Ironic that, but the audience expects robots and machines to move and act like people. Part of what I want to see if the same thing was done for the Appleseed movie. I know that the humans are all rendered with motion captures, but I want to see if the same was done for the machines.