Appleseed(アップルシード ) is an anime film, directed by Shinji Aramaki and originally released in Japan on May 17, 2004. It is based on the characters created by Masamune Shirow in the original Appleseed manga series that was published in 1985. Although it shares some characters with the original series, this film’s storyline is not connected to it. It is not to be confused with the 1988 OVA also based on the manga.
When she returned to Olympus, the Council of Elders were able to save the Bioroids. However, she confronts them that they sent the military after them. The Elders confessed and reveal that they intend to unleash the deadly D-tank virus onto Olympus, sterilizing the human race, leaving the Bioroids the new rulers of Earth, claiming it is the will of Gaia. They required the Appleseed in order to keep the Bioroids alive, but Gilliam found out and hid the data so their plan could never come. However, both the military and Bioroids catch on and disable the button that’ll unleash the virus. Athena tells Deunan that the Elders had been acting on their own and shut down Gaia once it realized humanity has lessened its hatred towards Bioroids. As a result, the Elders will soon die because Gaia regulates their life support systems. Unfortunately, the elders had a contingency plan; several mobile fortresses activate and began marching towards their location, to destroy Tartarus at point-blank range. Hitomi reveals to everyone assembled that her name can shut down the fortresses on the number 7. ESWAT begins mobilizing their forces to try to slow down the towers, with heavy casualties. Deunan and Briareos reach number 7 and managed to shut them down at the last second.
Briareos Hecatonchires is a character from Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed manga. He is one of the two protagonists of the series, the other being Deunan Knute. Briareos is a trained SWAT officer, his point man is Deunan. They met in her father’s SWAT unit before World War III broke out. Briareos and Deunan are lovers and have been involved since before the war.
Since moving to Olympus with Deunan, they have joined the ESWAT unit (Extra Special Weapons And Tactics).
He is named after Briareus the Vigorous, one of the Hecatonchires (hundred-armed giants) of Greek mythology.