Our main Character is
one "Major" Motoko Kusanagi, a human who now has an
augmented cybernetic body and computer enhanced brain.
Kusanagi works for a group called "Sector 9," a security
police organization whose full purposes in the movie
is not entirely known. The story revolves around her
struggles with concepts of her own soul, or ghost,
as they are reffered to in the movie, when a mysterious
hacker known as the Puppet Master appears in Tokyo,
hacking into various ghosts and committing acts of
Summary seem a little
thin, that's because I want you to see the movie,
not simply read about it.
One of the best aspects
of this Manga is the fact that traditional animation
was blended with computer graphics to augment the
futuristic feel of the movie. However, I must warn
that if you are not comfortable with some brief nudity
at the beginning of the movie, you might be turned
off to what is a very good story.
Another trait I feel
separates Ghost from many traditional animes and Mangas
is the fact that the director wanted Ghost to flow
more like a movie than a cartoon. This means that
the cuts are well placed, and terms like camera angle
and placement apply to this Manga much more significantly
than other titles. The action sequences, which I must
also add are not great in number, are very well done.
The action sequences themselves are not like the usual
fast paced martial art action that we have come to
expect from Japanese animation, but are much more
realistic both in action and in outcome. Things happen
in split seconds, especially when guns are involved
in the sequences.
The only thing that
I found wrong was of course with the translation.
I one scene, one of the characters says to his partner,
"You know the last partner I had was fired because
he was an illegal immigrant and couldn't speak English,
and he was better than you." Now, this is occurring
in Tokyo with Japanese signs and banners plastered
all over the backdrop. I would actually have preferred
if he said couldn't speak Japanese, even if he was
speaking English (because it would be implied that
the language is Japanese, but we are getting the "translation"
so to speak). It was minor nuances like these that
represent the only flaw in the movie.
Quite frankly, this
is one of the best cinematic Mangas I have ever seen,
period. The story is very compelling, though I was
reminded of Blade Runner more than once. The nudity
was not at a sickening level that cinematic Anime
often contains, and the brief nudity that it did contain
was very important to the story (trust me, it is.)
If you can handle this, and some very intriguing questions
asked, especially about the "self", this will be a
very enriching experience, and might even change some
opinions about Japanese animation.
As I said before, I
have left out a lot of details (thermoptic camoflauge…).
So be sure to watch this one.
The next Anime I will
review in the "required viewing of Cinematic Anime"
will be Ninja Scroll, another Manga Flick, and then,
maybe, just maybe, we'll get to some true classics
gives Ghost in the Shell: 98/100 (yes, its that good)