Appleseed XIII Episode 2

Look what finally decided to show up.

Okay, straight the point. I have two problems with this episode and the way the show(?) is progressing. The first is characterization.

Recall “the old times.” Words spoken by one Batou, character from the Ghost in the Shell universe. The phrase refers to the ass-kicking police duo consisting of Batou and Major Kusenagi. The Major was boss, so naturally she took point. Batou covered the back side. From a practical standpoint, his large frame could potentially limit vision in close quarters if he had taken point instead (also explicitly stated by Togusa in Innocence when he and Batou team up). Below the surface, however, this simple arrangement reveals some of the subtle intricacies that permeate the characters. Namely and obviously, the Major’s status as “Point man” both on and off the job.

Well guess who were the templates for Kusenagi and Batou? None other than Deunan Kneute and Briareos Hecatonchires. Admittedly, the word “template” here is actually quite misleading. Shirow didn’t simply lift characters from one work and slap them onto another. The same way how Oshii’s take on the characters is different from Kamiyama’s and so on, so forth. The focus, however, is on the dynamics between the characters. In this case, between Deunan and Bri. Granted, Deunan is no Motoko Kusenagi. However, the fact remains; she is the original Point man. She is supposed to act the part while Bri’s character is supposed to be her counterpart.

Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case in Appleseed XIII, at least as it stands right now after two episodes. The creators might have opted to take a different route with these characters, which is perfectly fine by me. I’ll be eager to see what they do. Of course, the flip-side of it is they actually do intend to keep the character dynamics in-line with Shirow’s original templates and are just failing at it. In which case, I’m less eager to find out what happens. Since when do you have a Point man who cries every five seconds while off-duty and has to constantly rely on support during combat?

Yeah and I am Dick Cheney

Dear Lord I hope they don’t take the confidence angle of approach with Deunan. I’ll contemplate dropping this, if only for a moment.

Secondly, dialogue.

Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: Agreed
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: Gotcha
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: Is it on Autopilot?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: What is that?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: Is it a bomb?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: What should we do?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: So, what’s the plan?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Deunan: Alone?
Briareos: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 

Whoever writes the scripts for this show sure strives for brevity. Since dialogue plays such a huge role in characterization, stuff like this really seems to indicate the opposite of what I had in mind. One aspect that struck me about Shirow’s Deunan is that she remains one step ahead of Briareos. A character element which opened up moments where she had to slow down, a path to development if you will. She’s a weapon. A reckless one at that. One who feels not necessarily threatened by Olympus, but rather caged. This incarnation of Deunan is indecisive. She lacks a sense of “natural” flair that no amount of vacation outfits, cheeky CGI pouting, or childish banter can make up for.

Aside from that, the story is still very much in set-up mode. There’s not much else I can say. Damn, it feels like it’s been forever since the first episode.

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