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Appleseed XIII: Ouranos

2011 / 84m - Japan
Action, Sci-fi - Animation
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Slightly better than the first part, though that's probably because Ouranos serves the conclusion to the Appleseed XIII story arc. There's no more need for a lengthy setup or mid-film filler, instead Ouranos offers a more straightforward path to the finale. And it does a pretty job too, considering the limitations and hurdles that come with it being a compilation film.

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Poseidon, the pro-human terrorist organization, is still trying to get into the way of Olympus' plans. This time around, they're trying to stop the launch of a space craft. 10 individuals have been chosen to lead the mission, one by one they're being picked off. Deunan and Briareos are put on the case to keep the remaining ones alive.

The animation is still a little iffy, but since the second part is a bit more action-packed it is not that noticeable. The conclusion was pretty tense, the plot slightly better than the first film and the mix between action and politics/mythology/drama up to Appleseed standards. Certainly the weakest of all the Appleseed films, but Ouranos is a welcome step up from Tartaros.

Appleseed XIII: Tartaros

2011 / 85m - Japan
Action, Adventure - Animation
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The first part of an Appleseed compilation film. Since I don't watch many series anymore, films like these are very convenient to keep up with franchise material I wouldn't otherwise have seen. The flip side of these compilation films is that they never really hit the quality levels of a stand alone feature film. As such, Appleseed XIII isn't quite as good as its peers, but for fans of the Appleseed franchise it's still worth a watch.

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The story is pretty basic for an Appleseed film. Deunan and Briareos are taking on a new mission, where they'll be pitted against a small, secret faction of the Human Liberation Front, a group who doesn't like that bioroids are taking over, believing the world belongs to pure humans. Little is known about this faction, except that they operate from an elusive fortress.

The animation style is pretty interesting, especially for a CG film, but the limited budget doesn't do it justice. The plot on the other hand is rather mediocre, feeling more like filler ep material, though maybe the second film is going to set things straight. As it stands, Tartaros is fun enough, just not really at the level where I expect an Appleseed production to be.