Before the events of Appleseed, Deunan, a human woman and former SWAT officer, along with her combat-cyborg lover, Briareos, arrive in war-torn New York City. The city's mayor is a dapper but delusional cyborg, preparing for the UFO invasion he's convinced is right around the corner. Briareos's powerful abilities earn the pair refuge, but there are few human comforts to be found in a city catered to cyborgs…
After the couple parts ways, the mayor's nightmare takes a turn for the worse. Deunan's group of outcast humans may be just the extra manpower the mayor needs-but can the two factions put aside their differences in time to save the world?
PRAISE FOR APPLESEED BY SHIROW MASAMUNE, THE MIND BEHIND THE GHOST IN THE SHELL
"A meditation on utopian ideals...pure SF." -Worlds Without End
"Every time you read the manga and watch the plot develop you find something you missed before." -"Ten Reasons Appleseed Is Amazing," IGN
Iou Kuroda is the author of the cult classic crime manga Sexy Voice and Robo, as well as the short story collection Nasu, which was later adapted into the animated film Nasu: Summer in Andalusia, the first Japanese animated film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Winner of the Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival, Kuroda's distinctive inkbrush style sets him apart from every other manga artist. Shirow Masamune is a living legend of manga and creator of the classics The Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. His highly technical, action-packed science fiction style helped shape the cyberpunk genre, directly influencing The Matrix, among many other works. More than a dozen films and TV series have been based on his works, and his graphic novels and illustration collections are a mainstay of American comic shop shelves.