One of the most - if not the most - hotly anticipated anime titles of the year, Vexille is nothing short of a visual feast. The production team behind the hugely successful Appleseed film reunite here for a high concept, high action sci-fi thriller that asks difficult questions about the nature of humanity and is remarkably willing to criticize the current state of Japan, particularly for a big, mainstream Japanese blockbuster. Appleseed producer Sori makes his return to the director's chair for the first time since the live action cult hit Ping Pong and, under his eye, the film makes two very significant improvements over its predecessor though there are also areas where Appleseed is clearly superior.
But enough generality. In the future the use of robotic technology to augment humanity becomes troubling to the global community. Worried that such technology may allow for the weaponization of the human body if not the subversion of the human spirit itself, the UN passes a resolution declaring the use of android technology forbidden, a resolution signed in to international treaty law by all member states except one. With the urging of Daiwa Heavy Industries, the world's leading supplier of such robotic technology, Japan refuses to sign the treaty, opting instead to adopt a new policy of national seclusion. Japan withdraws from the UN, expels all foreigners from the country and installs an electronic shield that scrambles any sort of electronic or satellite surveillance. For all practical purposes, with the exception of the regular shipments of legal Daiwa robots that drive international industry, Japan simply falls off the map. No one comes in or out for ten years.
Enter Vexille, a young female operative of S.W.O.R.D., an LA based specialized military unit charged with policing the potential misuse of robotic technology in violation of the international treaty. When her unit receives a tip about an upcoming meeting on US soil involving an upper level Daiwa executive and several major international politicians the group moves in only to discover most of the politicians dead and that the Daiwa executive has become some sort of living machine, his human flesh being replaced by some sort of bio-metal. Realizing that something is happening in Japan that could pose a threat to the rest of the world the group plans a covert operation to infiltrate Japan, break through the country's electronic shield, and discover what ominous plans may be afoot in the Daiwa offices.