Appleseed: The Promethean Challenge

Appleseed: The Promethean Challenge

Masamune Shirow / Nov 14, 2019

Appleseed The Promethean Challenge World War III is over and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of post war wasteland the Badside Matters app

  • Title: Appleseed: The Promethean Challenge
  • Author: Masamune Shirow
  • ISBN: 9781593076917
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • World War III is over, and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of post war wasteland, the Badside Matters appear on the upswing, however, when they are found and brought to Olympus, an urban utopia and centerpiece for the reconstruction of civilization.

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      • Masamune Shirow

        Masamune Shirow is an internationally renowned manga artist He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.Born in the Hy go Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him The result was Appleseed, a full volume of densely plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future The story was a sensation, and won the 1986 Seiun Award for Best Manga After a professional reprint of Black Magic and a second volume of Appleseed, he released Dominion in 1986 Two volumes of Appleseed followed before he began work on Ghost in the Shell.


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    1. I'm a huge fan of the new Appleseed CG movies directed by Shinji Aramaki and I had to pick up the original manga series that started it all. Both are not exact copies of each other which is great and the manga seems to take more time in expanding the conflicts between the bioroid council and the humans.Deunan and her partner/lover Briareos have already moved on after the war as they settle in safe yet desolate parts of the wartorn city. Hitomi is sent to find them and bring them to the utopia of [...]


    2. I had originally read these piecemeal in my college and high school years but got around to reading these again recently. It's a solid story with good characters and of course features the art of Masamune Shirow in his formative years.It's the story of two soldiers fighting a war that's been over for years. They're retrieved by a new world superpower, Olympus, and introduced to their 'utopian' society. Even this society has a use for soldiers and they are drafted into the city's defense corps, E [...]


    3. I wonder if Shirow saw the classic movie "Things to Come" And I mean the 1937 version. This movie has similar themes.After a nuclear war a scientific elite (of cyborgs/androids in this one) begin the process of recreating the world and society. Unlike most fictions this does not include the enslavement or genocide of humanity. They welcome mankind with open arms and find a place for him in their society at great social cost and inviting the risk of danger in their gates.The two main characters a [...]


    4. I read this because another comics creator that I really respect has often cited it as an influence.It's good! I'm not really much for manga books, though. And as with most translated works, there's often a stilted feeling to the dialog that makes you wonder if you're really following what's happening.That being said, it's a picture-driven story, and you could ignore the speech bubbles altogether and still probably get the gist of it: Two post-apocalyptic wanderers end up in a supposed utopian c [...]



    5. So, it's the aftermath of World War III, and a good chunk of civilization is in ruins. We open up with Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires (Masamune couldn't have picked names that were any harder to spell, could he?) living among these ruins as an isolated couple, only to have their fun times rudely interrupted by a girl sent from a newly established utopia assigned to bring them back--a mission that just happens to coincide with an attack by remnants of some fallen army from the war. Of co [...]


    6. I read this, and volume 2 years ago, but recently had the chance to revisit them. Having done so, it's interested in to see what holds up, and what doesn't. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the sense of depth that I remember seems to have faded a bit. I imagine, though, that it probably has to do with my age, more than anything. When you are in your teens, your understanding of politics and government are a lot shakier, and so a lot of this would have seemed a lot denser.As far as being a Masamune Shi [...]


    7. After World War III, soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos have been living in an abandoned city, making their plans for their future survival in Badside. They've been on their own for some time, so it's a shock to discover that there's someone else in their city, a hulking cybernetic machine who has been taking surveillance photos and monitoring the couple. Together, Deunan and Briareos take down the creature and open the battle armor. The girl inside it, Hitomi, has been sent from Aeg [...]


    8. I was first introduced to the world of Appleseed by 2004 CGI-fest, which I rather enjoyed, and the 2007 sequel Ex Machina, which fell flat for me.I'm finally getting around to catching up on a very long list of classic manga that I need to read, including this story. I liked it. I don't think it was great--the action sequences are hard to follow sometimes, and even with a general knowledge of the world and the characters, there are times when the dialogue is impossible to parse and the transitio [...]


    9. I read my sister's copy of this (since I'm not partial to buying anime) and she said I'd love it because there's military sci-fi stuff and a cyborg with a human personality. However, I just felt like there was so much going on--visually--that I don't really look forward to in a comic. The pages felt crowded making it hard to identify the action sequences. I did like the tenderness in Deunan and Bri's relationship and kind of wish there was more of that. But one thing that makes a good story is t [...]


    10. Ce premier tome présente clairement les enjeux et les intérêts de cette série : il y sera question d'un monde reconstruit après une guerre mondiale, monde dans lequel les développements cybernétiques ont permis l'apparition de robots humanoides emportant dans un cockpit intégré leur pilote (ma description est évidement moins claire que les dessins).Les deux personnages principaux, Briareos et Dunan, quittent une ville abandonnée qu'ils squattent pour rejoindre Olympus, une vile un peu [...]


    11. I was a little disenchanted with the way the story was told. Especially the action scenes confused me quite a bit. Neither did I know enough about the different players or the political situation in this future reality to care who came up on top in the showdown. I might however pick up the next volume anyway, because I did like the premise and the relationship between Deunan and her companion/probable lover, who is some kind of cyborg. Plus the political situation does sound intriguing - if only [...]


    12. Interesting, but in the sense that I had seen the movie before and liked it, so most of the comic was about applying the panels to the scenes. Felt a bit disjointed. Also seemed to be a direct transliteration from the original Japanese or something, so the panels read right-to-left (is Japanese manga read right-to-left?) - which made for some effort in continuity and natural flow. The movie was awesome, though, so watch it if you can. If you haven't seen the movie, try the comic - pretty ok.


    13. Okay, screw it, I give up on Masamune Shirow's manga, at least for right now. I got through about 3/4 of this, and suddenly I just lost all ability to follow the plot or understand what is going on. His artwork is nice, but in any combat scene it quickly becomes difficult for me to tell any of the characters apart or determine the flow of action. Plus, there didn't seem to be much of a plot so far, and given my experiences with Ghost in the Shell, I'm not sure I'd enjoy whatever the plot proves [...]


    14. This was an excellent work of science fiction manga and is a great representation of the genre. I really liked the dynamic relationship between Deunan and Briareos. They've been a team for so long they can laugh together, fight together, tease each other in ways others wouldn't get away with, and predict each other's thoughts. I also like how they compliment each other, with him being the huge level-headed cyborg and her the fiery human with attitude. The plot was also really creative and I love [...]


    15. debo ser honesto, las dos películas animadas basadas en esta obra fueron las responsables de interesarme en la obra original, pero muchos elementos tales como la relación de los protagonistas y sus preguntas sobre la metrópolis donde viven se dejaron de lado ¿A qué se debió eso? Esas preguntas en un ambiente cyberpunk son la base de un buen personaje. Pero a pesar de eso, este primer libro deja unaqueña sonrisa y muchas preguntas por responder


    16. Had some of the most confusing writing I'd ever seen. Characters would pop out of nowhere and act like they've always been there, motivations were confusing, the general plot was muddied; I couldn't tell what the shit was going on.I did like the characters well enough, though. And the character designs and technology designs? Fucking amazing.


    17. I actually like this better than ghost in the shell. Tight story, good action, and a workable model of how to operate a robot suit if we ever go that way. You can see the proto-type characters for Ghost in the shell here. But Deunan is to me more interesting. I like the Snake (from Escape from New York) reference, as this manga is old.


    18. Another rating: 7/10 (for whole series)Very interesting, nice characters, awesome fights but pacing really killed me sometimes, too slow and just too much text. I usually like a lot of text but in this it was unbearable


    19. Fun, but far from great. The mechs are too difficult to tell apart in the action sequences, and coming from other graphic novels like Sandman, Hellblazer, and Preacher, it sometimes feels very light in story-telling - pages at a time of the same explosion from different angles.


    20. Two great action sequences and incredible futuristic urban and robot black and white art (I dislike color, it obscures what might be fantastic lines). Story transition from 'badside' to utopia city is abrupt. Occasional lazy blank background panels.


    21. Waifish Japanese girls battle in robot suits in a post-WW3 utopia. Much exposition between the action scenes. The artwork was sensational, the story less so. Could hardly tell what was going on at times. Great to look at, hard to recommend.


    22. I've been on another Appleseed bender this last week. Rereading the series is only natural. Stay ready for the tears when I finish. First read in: July 2015



    23. finally got to read a hard copy - easier to enjoy the strength of the draftsmanship in the artwork, story setting seeds of the plot arcs to come


    24. Masamune shirow's original sci-fi series. The visual and take on the future are interesting as well as the plot.


    25. Prämisse, Story und Figuren prima, die Mechafights sind aber so chaotisch gestaltet, dass ich kaum folgen konnte.





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