Finally. One more semester of college is over, and summer is here. Which means I now have time to devote to watching anime, and then writing about it.
To kick off the Summer 2010 season of Xbolt’s Anime Reviews, I selected Ghost in the Shell.
GitS came out in 1995, and was a defining film in the cyberpunk genre. It was also one of the earliest anime films to cross the Pacific to non-anime fans. GitS had a large influence on a number of Western filmmakers, notably the Wachowski brothers, who created The Matrix. I had already seen The Matrix, and I could definitely draw connections between the two.
In 2029, cyborgs are abundant. The plot follows Major Kusanagi, a cyborg officer from Section 9, a network security force in Tokyo. Section 9 is on a mission to arrest the Puppet Master, an elite hacker who can hack into cybernetic bodies, and implant false memories in order to get people to do what he wants.
Overall, I liked Ghost in the Shell. If you’re into cyberpunk, you’ll probably like this film too.
See I told you so.