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Japan - 61 years old
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The good stuff

Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina

by Shinji Aramaki
Ekusu Makina
2007 / 105m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina poster

I was a bit weary revisiting this film. This type of CG animation generally doesn't well, but I was surprised to find a film with a lot of flair, a decent sci-fi plot, superb designs and more than its share of spectacular action sequences. The character animation has clearly aged, the rest was still pretty impressive.

Solid pieces

Appleseed Alpha

by Shinji Aramaki
2014 / 93m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Appleseed Alpha poster

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

by Shinji Aramaki
2013 / 115m - Japan
Sci-fi, Adventure, Animation
Space Pirate Captain Harlock poster

Halo Legends

by Frank O'Connor, Shinji Aramaki, Hideki Futamura, Toshiyuki Kan'no, Tomoki Kyôda, Kôichi Mashimo, Yasushi Muraki, Daisuke Nishio, Mamoru Oshii, Kôji Sawai, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Takahiro Tanaka
Heirô Rejenzu
2010 / 120m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Halo Legends poster


by Shinji Aramaki, Steven Foster
2004 / 101m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Appleseed poster

The inoffensive

Megazone 23 Part III

by Shinji Aramaki, Ken'ichi Yatagai
1989 / 101m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Megazone 23 Part III poster

The third part in the original Megazone series is a bit different from the other two. It's a two part OAV that is set several centuries after the events of the first two films. It shares the same universe, but that's about it. People hoping to revisit the same cast of characters will be sorely disappointed.

The lead character is Eiji Takanaka, a young but talented hacker who is scouted by a group of rebels to act against a mysterious cult. Eiji is sent to the lower parts of Eden, where he learns about the true nature of Eden. The plot is interesting enough, though it takes a while to get up to speed.

The first part in particular is a little slow, luckily the second part rectifies that. It's famed mecha enthusiast Shinji Aramaki's direction that makes the biggest difference though. Characters and drama may be a little plain, the action scene and sci-fi designs are spot on. All in all, good fun.

Metal Skin Panic MADOX- 01

by Shinji Aramaki
1987 / 48m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Metal Skin Panic MADOX- 01 poster

This is where it all started for Shinji Aramaki. I'd seen this one before, back when VHS was still a thing. It's not the most memorable anime, but mecha fans are sure to have a good time with it and fans of Headgear/Oshii will no doubt recognize some ideas and shots used in anime landmarks like Patlabor.

Kouji is a young tech enthusiast who is about to get the surprise of his life. An accident on the highway above drops an experimental mecha in the middle of his car repair shop. Before he knows it, he's in the suit, and it won't let go of him. He's not going to let a detail like that stop him from making it to the date with his girlfriend.

The plot is a bit daft, and it escalates rather quickly, so don't expect anything too serious. It feels more like an excuse to try out some cool mecha ideas, but that's perfectly fine with me. The animation is pretty cool, the art style is pleasant, the action is downright crazy and the pacing slick. A perfectly amusing OAV for mech lovers.