Appleseed Creator Masamune Shirow Discusses New CG Animated Film Appleseed Alpha Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.17.2014
The master mangaka speaks…
IGN recently interviewed Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell creator Masamune Shirow about the upcoming new CG animated movie based on the Appleseed saga, Appleseed Alpha. Below are some highlights.
The film is available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22.
Shirow on how his thoughts and perception on Appleseed have not changed: "Since it has been a while, I thought I would have different feelings about Appleseed by now, but, surprisingly, it has not changed so much. Most of my works are based on similar [concepts], so it does not feel like something old but rather a part of a continuation within the overall universe. And things that were difficult to imagine back then are now much easier to understand, such as calling Briareos' brain re-enforcement a 'Cyber-brain,' or things like 'security surveillance net.'"
Shirow on if director Shinji Aramaki had any requests for the new film: "There was a proposal to make Deunan's costume very sexy, but I said, 'Sorry but that's not consistent with Deunan's character.' She can be sexy in the film, but the overall concept didn't seem to be consistent with that direction this time."
Shirow on the look and design style of the new film: "The challenge with CG production is that, as you get more photorealistic, you lose the ability to use over-the-top anime-style expression without being unnatural. And if you go too anime, the realistic expression becomes out of place. Mr. Aramaki showed great skills for the previous films with anime style, but I was very excited to see the realistic textures with damages (the post-war environment visuals) and lighting effects. [My] first impression was, in a positive way, that it looked like today's state-of-the-art video games."
Shirow on if he ever plans on creating more Appleseed manga: "It is quite possible to create more stories for Appleseed, but there are things that needs to written for my other works as a prerequisite to enter the world of Tartaros. All other works such as Ghost in the Shell, Ghost Urn, Seven Traps, and Dead Drive, are connected with the universe of Appleseed, so I think I will have to fill the gaps with these surrounding worlds first."