Appleseed XIII is an direct-to-video anime "television" series based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow (creator of Ghost in the Shell, New Dominion Tank Police, and Black Magic M-66). While Appleseed has previously been adapted as two CGI films in 2004 and 2008 as well as a 1988 OVA, XIII remains separate from either adaptation, featuring a new storyline using Shirow's characters, settings and themes. The series was released on June 6, 2011. All 13 episodes were compiled into two feature-length films. The first feature film titled Appleseed XIII: Tartaros was released on June 13, 2011. The second film, Appleseed XIII: Ouranos was released on October 24, 2011. An English version was released on DVD and BluRay in June of 2013.
The following weapons were used in the anime series Appleseed XIII:
Deunan Knute's sidearm of choice is a custom 1911 pistol she inherited from her father, Karl. This particular model resembles the Colt MK IV Series 70 (the variant she used in both the manga and the original OVA), but features a full length guide rod, a stainless magazine release, an extended length trigger, and has the notches for the slide lock on both the left and right side of the slide. The Ceryneia gunsmith Lark refers to it as a "custom government model" (likely referring to the Colt Government Model), and comments that only the slide and frame appear to be original, with everything else having been replaced or upgraded.
Colt 1911 Series 70 - .45 ACP
Deunan racks the slide on her M1911, revealing the full length guide rod. (Ep.1)
Deunan with her M1911. (Ep.1)
Lark inspects Deunan's M1911. (Ep.3)
Deunan's M1911 in it's original holser, also inherited from her father. (Ep.3)
A clear profile shot of Deunan's M1911. (Ep.3)
Several nameless antagonists throughout the series make use of two-tone SIG-Sauer P226 pistols.
Two-tone SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
An Argonaut guard draws his P226... (Ep.1)
...and proceeds to aim it at an eight-foot-tall heavily-armored LandMate equipped with a large-caliber automatic rifle. (Ep.1)
Two hired thug with a SIG-Sauer P226. (Ep.4)
A closeup of one of the thug's P226. (Ep.4)
Numerous Beretta 92FS pistols show up throughout the series, occasionally with a two-tone finish. Another 92FS with a two-tone finish is seen in the hands of a Human Liberation Front terrorist in episode 2.
A terrorist takes aim at several police KOTUS units. The KOTUS robot on the right side of the door is armed with a Beretta 92F. (Ep.1)
The KOTUS with the Beretta 92FS notices the terrorists aiming at him. (Ep.1)
A child soldier with a 92FS inside the Argo. (Ep.6)
A kid at the Argo aims a 92FS. The slide has been erroneously rendered as being out of battery. (Ep.6)
Two-Tone Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm. This has a stainless slide on a standard frame & barrel.
A terrorist armed with a Beretta 92F is cornered by an ES.W.A.T. cyborg. (Ep.1)
Another shot of the HLF terrorist. Here the Beretta's two-tone finish is clearly visible. (Ep.1)
A young Deunan with a two-tone 92FS training in an urban combat drill. (Ep.3)
A KOTUS android armed with a two-tone 92FS during a training exercise. (Ep.4)
A Glock 17 can be seen on display at the Ceryneia gun store.
3rd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
A Glock 17 inside the counter case at the Ceryneia gun store. (Ep.3)
Smith & Wesson Model 15
Lark Ceryne uses Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver with rubber grips in episode 3. The weapon is oddly rendered, with the frame and triggerguard proportions being slightly off and an absent cylinder release, most bizarrely the reversed cylinder.
Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special
Lark aiming his Model 15. (Ep.3)
Lark surrenders to Deunan. (Ep.3)
Deunan reaches for Lark's Model 15. (Ep.3)
Seburo Bobson Centennial
The standard sidearm for all ES.W.A.T. officers is the fictional Seburo Bobson Centennial, a carryover from the orginial Appleseed manga. The Bobson is chamered for a special 6x25mm round and sports a 23 round magazine.
Airsoft replica of the Seburo Bobson Centennial seen in manga Appleseed
. This is a conversion kit for the Maruzen PPK/S airsoft gun by Dai-Nihon Giken Poseidon.
An excerpt from the Appleseed: Databook
outlining several of Deunan's preferred weapons, including the Bobson. Note the name BoBsonS, an alternate name for the weapon.
A cyborg ES.W.A.T. officer brandishes his Bobson during a raid. (Ep.1)
Deunan pulls her pistol on the pilot of the "Flying Pillbox". (Ep.2)
An ES.W.A.T. officer with a BoBson. (Ep.3)
: Not half bad... for a girl.Deunan
: Guess I was good enough to get the drop on you.
Deunan confronts a cyborg inside the Argonaut. (Ep.6)
Deunan drops her BoBson, giving the audience a clear view of the weapon. (Ep.6)
As with most renditions of Appleseed, Briareos takes advantage of his size and strength to use weapons designed for LandMates as if they were standard firearms. Briareos is frequently seen using a semi-automatic LandMate pistol as his primary weapon.
Briareos checks his pistol before an operation. (Ep.2)
Deunan and Briareos prepare to search the hijacked plane's cockpit. (Ep.2)
Briareos reaches for an uloaded magazine for his pistol. (Ep.3)
A view of Briareos's handgun through his cybernetic eyes. (Ep.6)
Desert Eagle Mark XIX
The Posideon diplomat's bodyguards in episode 8 are all armed with Desert Eagle Mark XIX handguns.
Desert Eagle Mark XIX - .50 AE.
Deunan secures one of the bodyguard's Desert Eagle. (Ep.8)
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
Most of the terrorists/Argonauts in the first episode use Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 submachine guns.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 - 9x19mm with S-E-F trigger group and Stock Extended.
A closeup of a terrorist's MP5SD3. (Ep.1)
A terrorist takes aim at several police KOTUS units. (Ep.1)
The terrorists open fire on the police. (Ep.1)
Two Argonaut guards armed with MP5SD3 submachine guns. (Ep.1)
A few background characters are seen armed with IMI Uzi submachine guns.
A terrorist takes aim at several police officers. The officer in the top-right corner of the frame is armed with an IMI Uzi. (Ep.1)
A security guard at the Erisian embassy armed with an IMI Uzi. (Ep.5)
A Steyr TMP can be seen on display at the Ceryneia gun store.
A Steyr TMP for sale in the Ceryneia gun shop. (Ep.3)
The Seburo J9, a fiction 9mm submachine gun that originally appeared in the original Appleseed manga as a mainstay of ES.W.A.T, is frequently seen in the hands of both ES.W.A.T. and regular police officers.
An excerpt from the Appleseed: Databook
outlining several of Deunan's preferred weapons, including the Seburo J9. (Ep.1)
A terrorist takes aim at several police KOTUS units. The KOTUS on the left side of the door is armed with a Seburo J9. (Ep.1)
Deunan, armed with a Seburo J9, and Briareos search a hijacked commercial airliner. (Ep.2)
Deunan and Briareos prepare to search the plane's cockpit. (Ep.2)
Deunan armed with a J9 during a nighttime security operation at the Erisian embassy. (Ep.5)
Deunan watches a suspected assassin while guarding a VIP. (Ep.9)
As with any Appleseed adaptation, one of the key armaments for ES.W.A.T. is the LandMate, a halfway point between a suit of powered armor and a small mecha. Each of these machines is equipped with a large caliber rifle. While the specific caliber of the LandMate rifles in XIII is never stated, most itenerations show LandMate weapons as being chambered for anti-armor rounds between 20mm to 35mm.
Briareos' LandMate, equipped with a large caliber rifle and a Damocles flight system (the fin-like protrusion on it's back). (Ep.1)
An ES.W.A.T. officer in a GUGES-D model LandMate captures a Argonaut guard. (Ep.1)
An ES.W.A.T. GUGES-D LandMate with a standard-issue rifle. The smaller arms contain the pilot's arms, while the larger primary arms mimic their movements allowing the pilot to utilize far larger weapon systems than they could on their own. (Ep.1)
Deunan and Briareos in their armed LandMates. (Ep.2)
Briareos in his armed LandMate and Deunan with the cockpit of her LandMate left open. This gives the viewer a good sense of scale regarding the LandMates and their weapons. (Ep.10)
A Argonaut LandMate armed with an assault rifle. (Ep.11)
Numerous M16A2 rifles appear throughout the show.
A sniper with an M16A2 as seen during Deunan's flashback to her mother's death. (Ep.2)
Several soldiers armed with M16A2 rifles during a training exercise. (Ep.3)
Argonaut soldiers armed with M16A2 rifles. (Ep.6)
During a training exercise, Briareos is caught offguard by a LandMate armed with an M16A2. However, given both the size of the LandMate (approximately 10 feet in height for the GUGES-D) and the relative size of the M16, it's safe to say that this particular rifle is significantly larger than a standard M16 rifle.
The GUGES-D takes aim at Briareos. (Ep.6)
A closeup of the oversized M16. Note how it fits the LandMate's hand perfectly. (ep.6)
In the Ceryneia gun store, several Colt M4A1 carbines are on display along the center aisles.
Colt M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
A Colt M4A1 hangs on the back wall of the Ceryneia gun store. (Ep.3)
Hyllus's Anti-Armor Rifle
Hyllus is seen with a fictitious anti-armor rifle that appears to be something of a cross between a PTRS-41 and a Boys anti-tank rifle.
PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle 3rd Variant - .55 Boys (13.9x99B).
Hyllus with his anti-armor rifle. (Ep.6)
Hyllus with his anti-armor rifle. (Ep.6)
"Flying Pillbox" Machine Gun
A "Flying Pillbox" combat aircraft in episode 2 is armed with a single-barrel, large caliber machine gun reminiscent of the Browning M2 and Browning M3.
The "Flying Pillbox" fires it's machine gun at Deunan. (Ep.2)
LandMate Rotary Gun
The mysterious four-armed red LandMate that shows up throughout the series sports a plethora of weapons, but its primary weapons are a pair of rotary machine guns built into the hands on its back-mounted arms.
The red LandMate takes aim at a V.I.P.'s bodyguard. (Ep.1)
Auto Insector Machine Gun
The Auto Insector robots seen in episode 11 are armed with a pair of heavy machine guns built into eack arm.
An Auto Insector tracks an airborn LandMate. (Ep.11)
General Dynamics GAU-12/U
In addition to their arm-mounted machine guns, the Auto Insectors sport a single General Dynamics GAU-12/U rotary gun on their tails.
General Dynamics GAU-12/U with unfired rounds - 25mm
An Auto Insector takes aim with its tail-mounted GAU-12. (Ep.11)
The Auto Insectors rampage through the Argonaut. (Ep.11)
Milkor MGL Mk 1L
One of the hired thugs in Episode 4 used a Milkor MGL Mk 1L (MGL-140) grenade launcher to fight a KOTUS robot.
Milkor MGL Mk 1L in desert tan finish fitted with Armson OEG reflex sight - 40x46mm
The thug opens his briefcase to reveal a disassembled Milkor MGL. (Ep.4)
"Worthless piece of tin! He's goin' down!"
The thug assembles his MGL. (Ep.4)
The thug takes aim at the KOTUS. (Ep.4)
The Ceryneia's Gun Wall