Posted by: steveonfilm | December 10, 2009

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex

My relationship with Japanese animation has been a mixed bag at best. Some hits. A lot of misses.

A few years ago I managed to watch “Ghost In The Shell” and thought it was awesome. I totally see why the Wachowski brother’s used it as reference for a lot of the ideas they used in The Matrix.

I just started to watch the series “Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex” and I think it’s awesome. It uses the same characters as the movie, but doesn’t really exist in the same timeline, if that makes any sense. It’s basically an animated police procedural that’s set in the future and has cyborgs and all this cool quasi-cyberpunk stuff, and takes where the internet is going into a whole new level.

Anyway, it’s a lot of fun, and very hard to pull away from once you start watching it. It’s also very adult, meaning you’re not going to get and of that whiney kid stuff so many anime series are prone to fall into. These are adult characters dealing with adult subject matter. It’s more like an episode of CSI than anything else.

Here’s a trailer for it if you haven’t had a chance to come across it yourself:

Netflix has it available as a “Watch It Now” show, I highly encourage you to do so.



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