people: Masamune Shirow


2017


The Cracks In The 'Shell'
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
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'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko
The most fascinating thing about the Western remake of 'Ghost In The Shell' is how what seemed most problematic about it -- Scarlett Johansson in the lead role -- is leveraged as a thematic element in the film itself
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'The Ghost In The Shell': Motoko Kusanagi, The Early Years
If you're a first-time reader of Masamune Shirow's manga, progenitor of a whole name-brand cyberpunk franchise, the original will be as striking for its slapstick and satirical jabs as it is for its vision of a future still coming true today
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'Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence': Farewell, My Lovely
Everything that was both grand and frustrating about Oshii's original 'Ghost In The Shell' film is redoubled in its follow-up, a visionary work that neglects to give its characters their own voices
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2016


Anime Roundup: July 29, 2016
Massive reissues of 'Ghost in the Shell' and 'AKIRA' manga for 2017, 'Bleach' finally set to conclude; 'Macross' shows up on Amazon Prime.
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'Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie': Only New On The Outside
In the end, all the 'Ghost in the Shell: ARISE' continuity has done is lead us right back where we started
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2015


'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 4: ghost stands alone'
With all four installments of 'ARISE' in place, the whole of it adds up to a breathless but superficial ride, lacking the soul and personality that dignified its predecessors
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2014


'Ghost in the Shell': The Dreaming Machine
Twenty-five years on, one of anime's seminal groundbreakers remains as alluring, intriguing, confounding, and problematic as ever
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'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 3: ghost tears'
Part three of 'ARISE' is an improvement on the first two installments, but the ineffable alchemy we saw before in the franchise still hasn't quite manifested itself
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'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 2: ghost whisper'
The second installment in the 'Ghost in the Shell: ARISE' series eschews insight and thematic complexity for straight-up action
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'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 1: ghost pain'
Even if 'ARISE' falls short of the heights of 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex', it's still a model of ambition and vision for anime
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