“That movie was brilliant.” Coming from Tristan, that’s high praise indeed. Normally a question like ‘did you enjoy that’ will illicit a response of ‘yeah’, if you’re lucky. Unprompted praise is a rare thing indeed.
Then again, Appleseed is pretty special. Not the best Manga in the world, but certainly a damn sight better than most western efforts. At one point, it even produced a gasp of excitement from his nibs, an unprecedented event.
Essentially, Appleseed is techpunk at its most obvious. There’s not a lot of subtlety there, but there’s certainly a lot of explosions, giant mechs, martial arts, gun battles and tears. The holo-recording sequence alone puts it way ahead of the field in the emotion stakes.
It looks like our oldest boy is going to enjoy manga – and the good news is, there’s a helluva lot of it out there.
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