Appleseed (Widescreen) (2004) Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed is actually one of the first Manga I ever read regularly- way back in the 80s when Japanese comics were first seeding themselves on these shores. I loved it then and I loved this souped up, computer eye-candy filled version from 2004. It’s maybe not the mindfuck that something like Shirow’s Ghost In the Shell (at its best) can be, but it’s a great action story that delivers some thrills and looks phenomenal doing it. I’m still more of a fan of a traditional animation look, but the work done here is a real treat to watch. Definitely worth a rental if you’re into big robots, gun play, little mech suits and creepy old dudes strapped to life support systems.