Functional simplicity, structural complexity: The best life for all. That's the maxim of Olympus, the utopian city that sprung from the ashes of World War 3. But Deunan and Bri, a young woman and her cyborg companion just entering the rose-tinted society, find that so long as there are different kinds of people there will be differences among them. They discover this only after they're thrown into the middle of those differences, and played as pawns by both sides.Masamune Shirow's ability to create machinery and architecture which at once look both plausible yet impossible is only bested by his story-telling prowess. His tale of two unlikely companions, the human girl and the hulking cyborg, is captivating in its exploration of relationships and its unwillingness to forgo adventure and excitement. Appleseed is truly a manga masterwork!