Bladerunner2005's Ghost in the Shell Tv Review

Ghost in the Shell

Rated: 8

I can't say GITS as a movie is truly original. It takes many areas of content from other shows. Blade Runner was more original, written and directed far before GITS. I compare these two stories for a couple of reasons.

First, in GITS, as in BR, you see a character forced to interact with his/her environment because of duty, policy, and default skill. They have no way out, so they might as well kick some ass before they get kicked. Fallibility is present in both Motoko's and Deckard's written character, and we see it show up regularly.

Second, they're hunting. What makes a good police drama is how you get to follow the good guy down a dark path towards an eventual resolution. You don't know what, but you know that the story was written to HAVE a resolution.

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Stormy001's Ghost in the Shell Tv Review

Ghost in the Shell

Rated: 9

Originally meant to be 26 episode anime series, the ratings is strong enough for investors to plunk in more money for second series, namely Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Second Gig which just recently concluded its run in Japanese TV. This speaks volume about popularity of the franchise and this series did not disappoint at all. Delightfully deep and serious for discerning viewer, it has enough multilayered symbolisms to chew on and digest. Sophisticated and generally impatient for those who did not grasp it, the anime rushes into story while beguiling more intelligent viewer with well spun tale.

The story drew heavily from real life examples of Japanese symbiotic political economy corruption tie in like Recruit Scandal and Toshiba illegal technology transfer.

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Stormy001's Ghost in the Shell Tv Review

Ghost in the Shell

Rated: 9

In this movie, instead of relying solely on montage silent shots in 1995 movie, Oishi using discourse between human Togusa and cyborg Batou or Bateau as main plot device. However some might felt the discourse is like textbook verbatim orgy, from the Bible to Dante’s work in giving the show’s philosophy more substance then it seems. Each character seem to mouthing off quotes, as if they were director’s wish himself was saying it but unable to because it is an anime feature.

The casualty of this highly artsy approach is however, alienation. Some audience might turn off by it because their inability to connect to the story due lack of knowledge of the quotes in the show representation, especially the ones who want action and less talking.

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Stormy001's Ghost in the Shell Tv Review

Ghost in the Shell

Rated: 10

The movie relies on visual narration and bucket loads of montage shots to push the plot forward. Action sequence is few and serves as plot device to put the story in bigger perspective. It is meant as serious work and it shows. No panty shots, no silly jokes or any conventional anime relief. All serious, no holes barred realistic plus very detailed anime. Just look at the scene when the terrorist prepare himself to pump out hail of high velocity AP rounds to understand my last statement.

Many times, in the course of the movie, the director; Mamoru Oishi asked the audience to ponder what humanity is and what it means with his signature visual symbolisms from quiet walk in the city to long monologue by the principal character in the scuba diving scene.

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