Toho's upcoming release "Appleseed" is not the usual Japanese manga comicbook brought to the screen. None of Japan's traditional animation talents is involved in the film, a 3-D CGI production about a female warrior and her cyborg lover.
Pic is one of the first to make use of a new technology called "toon-shading" which gives the 3-D characters a cel-anime look.
The result: stunning graphics and action settings with a distinctive cartoon feel. In a market in which animation regularly outperforms local live-action pics, "Appleseed" has one more card to play.