Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society
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The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series has been one of my favorite animated shows of all time. This movie is a sequel to the 2 season series and it does not disappoint. First off it would be wise to actually watch or be familiar with the series (52 episodes) to get a full understanding of the character relationships and the setting of the film. It is possible to watch this without having seen the series, but it isn't highly recommended.As usual the story is very interesting but it is also complex. You really need to pay attention otherwise you will be lost in all that is going on. As far as action goes there isn't a whole bunch, but there is a nice sequence near the end which includes the return of the lovable Tachikomas. Guns a blazing.Visually this movie is spectacular and it is pretty similar to the 2nd gig series. It may be even a little sharper. The setting and story concept really allow for the staff to display their artistic talent. Fans of Motoko may be a little disappointed in the beginning because she is nearly non-existent, but she does make up for it in the second half of the movie. Yoko Kanno does an excellent job with the soundtrack once again. She gives us some new songs as well as some recognizable originals from the series.Fans of the series will get a kick out of everything this film has to offer while others will just enjoy the visuals.
- skactopus, Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Not quite as good as the 2 seasons of the TV series. But still very enjoyable if you are a fan of the show. I'm not too keen on the ending though.
- Sypeth, Monday, October 6, 2008
An excellent follow-on to where GITS: SAC 2nd Gig left off. "The Major" as ronin made for an excellent twist on the saga of anime's if not filmdom's most compelling badass heroine. Unlike the original "Ghost in the Shell", I don't think this stands up well on its own, particularly for the uninitiated. There's a benefit to have seen the original and to have watched the series, particularly the 2nd Gig, before coming into this movie. My recommendation for anyone new to Ghost in the Shell is to watch the original first. That film is a monument anyway, and should be seen by any and everyone. Once you've done that, you could jump into Solid State Society. But if you really REALLY want to enjoy it, Netflix the Stand Alone Complex and SAC 2nd Gig series then come back to this.
- alozie, Sunday, July 6, 2008