Appleseed anime 2004
Plus some of these animes that were made as a series have many episodes so it's a very slow unfolding story sometimes. I'm used to animation like Disney or Pixar, let's get the ball rolling, and it's over in about an hour and a half. Most of the anime does have attractive artwork, but there again too, a lot of it looks the same, beautiful blue skies, or intricately drawn cityscapes. I'm not trying to be totally negative, just pointing out a few of my reservations. Plus, a lot of the anime isn't even science fiction, it could deal with romance or sports or what have you, and I feel like if I'm going to watch something like that I'd rather just watch a live action film concerning those topics or a classic film I've not seen.
From what I've uncovered, the original Appleseed came out in manga form in 1985 by Masamune Shirow. Basically it's about our world set in the utopian city of Olympus around the 22nd-century, and is run by artificial humanoids. It's similar in feel to Star Wars: A New Hope or at least that's some of the vibe I felt about it. You have a society of rebels defending the utopian new world order, and the sinister oppressors trying to overthrow its development. In the opening sequence to Appleseed 2004, we see the protagonist, policewoman Deunan Knute, fighting terrorist in some devastated part of the older city. The action in these sequences was well done, and I have to admit the art style to the film was well done. Computer graphics has come a long way and they can really create a life-like world these days. I think that was one of the main draws for me in this movie. The world building was phenomenal. At any rate, it looks like the policewoman is about to be either killed or captured when she gets rescued--I don't think I'm giving away a spoiler here, as otherwise it would be a very short movie.
From there we are taken into the utopian city, and meet many of the inhabitants of the city and learn a bit of its history. Deunan meets Hitomi, who is a member of a genetically engineered race of strong and intelligent beings who have taken over rule of the city. We also learn some of Deunan's past, and the lover she once had and their history. We find out that the terrorist want to destroy the central computer and thereby restore freedom and eliminate the genetically engineer race.
Appleseed (aka Appurushido) was previously filmed in 1988; this newer version incorporates new digital animation technology which combines the look of rounded, three-dimensional images with the visual style of the traditional pen-and-ink process. All in all it was a pretty interesting SF anime film, and a large part of the draw for me was the art. But if you're into this sort of story, you might want to check it out.