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Ghost in the Shell

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A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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Hiroyuki OKIURA Character Design
Mamoru OSHII Director
Kenji KAWAI Music
Masamune SHIROW Original Manga Creator
Shigeru WATANABE Producer
Mitsuhisa ISHIKAWA Producer
Ken IYADOMI Producer

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  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1988

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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Another glimpse into a slightly futuristic world. Though Akira is 'messier,' the fighting/violence is reallistic, the story intelligtent, and the animation not too dissimilar.
Ghost in the Shell and Akira dive you into a cyberpunk dystopia where the political structure is wildly different from today and technology has totally transformed people's lives.
Both Akira and Ghost in the Shell are great cyber-punk thrillers and instant cult classics in the anime world. Both have to do with diving into the human mind and trying to unfold its secrets, mysteries and capabilities.

Both take place in a disorderly future with a high level of technology. The action is similar: short but intense and completely satisfying. Both storylines have identify themes: what am I? What am I supposed to do? Thus it's not wrong to call both movies 'intelligent'.

It's also worth noting that the soundtracks are similar, but Ghost in the Shell is a bit more techno-influenced. In both movies it serves its purpose well.


Both GITS and Akira deal with philosophical issues, feature some stunning action sequences, and have a haunting hybrid of traditional and electronic music.


Akira and Ghost in the Shell both deal with the idea of humanity. They deal with it in that both question when someone is still human and when someone becomes something more. Not exactly the most fun of themes, but they still make for an interesting viewing.


Ghost in the Shell and Akira are epic in the sense that they both remind you of a real movie rather than an 'anime'. They go hand in hand, with a futuristic setting and dramatic and amazing animation. What more could you ask for?


If you liked GITS you would possibly like Akira because they are both set in the "near" future and are sci-fi-esque. If you are a fan of plot twists then these anime are surely for you.


Ghost in the Shell and Akira both share a similar theme: the relationship between science/technology and humanity. In Akira, this relationship is shown in a completely negative light, showing technology as a potentially lethal force. It shows us that, one day, technology might just destroy us. In Ghost in the Shell, it says technology and humans will eventually become interchangeable! In that, we could just lose our humanity. It is, more or less, a very haunting notion, and each of the anime show it in a sometimes chilling light. The only difference is that Akira has a lot more violence, while Ghost in the Shell is more philosophical.


Both Ghost in the Shell and Akira are about what it really means to be human, and how the individual characters reflect different perspectives on the matter. Both series also have a character that is different, who is used as a focal point for all of the discussions about humanity.


Akira and GITS are both anime classics. They both incorporate violence, guns, and crime. One movie is about staying away from cops, while the other is about fighting crime. Both movies are serious, sophisticated, and great, and should be in anyone's anime collection. If you liked GITS, then see Akira, or vice versa.


Akira and Ghost In the Shell are cyberpunk dystopian themed anime. If you haven't watched both and you claim you like anime then you must have been living under a rock for a decade or so.


Ghost in the Shell and Akria where two animations that changed the movie going experience. The reason that Ghost in the Shell is a good match to Akira is that both make you think more than just the aciton. They both dive into the human mind and presonal beliefs of each main character. The visuals for both movies are stunning for their time and even now. The voice acting for Ghost in the Shell is good and matches a little better than Akiras. The othre reason both work so well is their political plot is thick and heavy. Both make people think what really does go on in politics. In comparing both there is no clear winner both are great. I recomend this to any one that is just starting to watch anime and those of diehard fans of anime.


Both Akira and Ghost in the Shell are fast-paced, technology-based thrillers. They are action packed but still leave lots of room for character development. Both do not shirk from ladling on the violence, but execute it in a way that is gripping and not off putting. If you like like tech and guns without the accompanying Gundams, these are series you should watch.


Both of these films have dark and thought evoking naratives which deal with profound ideas. Anyone who enjoys cyber-punk setting and themes of either of these films will enjoy the other.


These two classic cyber-punk sci-fi anime are both interesting and intelligent and a must see for any anime fan. Ghost in the Shell and Akira are an absolute treat for anime fans preferring a unique outlook on the sci-fi genre, that really delve into what is meant by the term ‘humanity'.


Both films look into a futuristic cyper punk world and use similar animation styles. The very different political systems are key features of the plots, and the action packed films contain similar fight and flight scenes.


A heavy sci-fi thriller that is set within a post-apocalyptic world. Characters struggle to survive and one is even captured and becomes part of a psychic experiment by the military. If you loved the futuristically dark isolated world Ghost in the Shell threw at you, Akira will appeal to you just as much.


While many of us know, Akira and Ghost in the Shell have the "old school" feeling we all long for.  The art is something that can't be replicated today.  It's a genuine feeling of watching pure creativity at its finest.  An overwhelming sensation will flow within you as you try to grasp what is going on in these legendary sci-fi creations.  Pure, original badassness is what creates the link between Ghost in the Shell and Akira.  Watch em' both!


Each of these series are set in the future with advance technologies and a lot of things different than the world we live in now. Each of these series involve some sort of super powerful person/program that threatens to destroy the world.


Both movies are anime classics that any anime fan must see. Fantasic story and animation with great action.

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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This is less about cyborgs but rather about life created out of virtual space. Lain is pretty spaced out and doesnt give you definite conclusions but it also discusses the relationship between mankind and computers/virtual life. Note that Lain is a series not a movie.
Ghost in the Shell is a great cyber-thriller with lots of action. If you liked the technology aspect of GitS, you will really like Lain, although Lain will mess with your head way more.
The idea of technology as "body" links these series. Cyborgs run rampant in the human world in GITS while an "ex-human" runs rampant in the 'net in Lain. Both series bring up the questioning of existence, and what it means to be sentient. High technology gone weird at its finest.
For the same reasons that Ghost in the Shell explores, Lain covers the depths of fusing technology between man and machine. Both superb and dark insights into future technology.

Ghost in the Shell shares a nice philisophical mood with Lain. Lain is a lot heavier in the philosophy part, but fans of Ghost in the Shell should still like it.


Both of these cyberpunk anime contemplate the implications of ever more powerful and sophisticated technology on the nature of humanity. Ghost in the Shell focuses on artificial intelligence and cyborgs, while Serial Experiments Lain deals with the Internet and communication.

Both can also be enjoyed for their presentation alone: Lain has an unparallaled sense of style, an eerie atmosphere and some excellent "mindfuck", while Ghost in the Shell boasts some of the best music, scenery and action to be found in anime.


Both of these series are darkly themed, and bring up questions about the nature of our reality and the power of information and the internet. (However, Ghost in the Shell has a lot more of the badass gunslingin' ass-kickin' Major than the confusion and symbolism of Lain...)


Lain and Ghost in the Shell have both a cyberpunk subject. While Lain is more related to the phylosophical aspect GitS is more pragmatic (considering that one is focused on the internet and absence of body while the other deals with the replacement of a human body with a cyborg one). This is why the first one is slow paced and reflective while the second one has more action (even if it has a lot of phylosophical implication too). Of course the fact that Lain is a series (and not a movie) helped to develop the subject in a different way. I think that if you liked the subject of GitS you will appreciate Lain and, on the other hand, if you liked Lain you will enjoy GitS too.


Both series ask questions about how the human mind  and soul works, what it is and if it can be digitized. While Serial Experiments Lain is harder to follow, both shows are very thought provoking. Thus, if you liked the one, you will most likely enjoy the other.


Each of these series closely tie in the cyber world and the physical world in what could be considered a futuristic setting. If you like the thought of the internet becoming more substantial, then these series go extremely well together.


'Ghost In The Shell' has the Cyberpunk aspects and the intelligence that 'Serial Experiments Lain' is famous for. Therefore, if you enjoyed Serial Experiments you'll most likely enjoy 'Ghost In The Shell' and vice versa.


Serial Experiments Lain discuss some philosophical questions that have been interduced in Ghost in the Shell like what is consciousness, god and society, but trought Philosophical and Psychological approach.So if you felt something tickling your mind in ghost in the shell you well sure like Serial Experiments Lain.


Both are dark, surreal, cyberpunk.  If that doesn't sound good to you, I don't know why you watched either of these.

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Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.

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A series about a futuristic world where cybernetics is the norm. The emphasis is more on the fight scenes with the criminals, vice the brains and footwork that goes into catching them Ghost in the Shell, you'll likely enjoy Battle Angel Alita as well.
Battle Angel Alita and Ghost in the Shell both feature ass-kicking cybernetic women who are trying to discover where they fit in the human worlds. Stunning character designs and intriguing stories.
Strong female cyborgs try what they can to make the world a little more free of all those criminals. Both animes tend more to the plot-type anime instead of fighting. So these two are quite alike.
These two anime's are quite alike, both deal with the human/cyborg issue and have great plots. Both animes leaves you longing for more.
yes, yes, yes, cyborgs, robots, futureistic yet rationaly real world, if your genera fits along those lines then these series are for you, you may enjoy these as much as the other. and i hope you do.

Both are science fiction movies involving cyborg character elements and strong elements of corruption and the need for justice. Ghost in the Shell occurs in a world similar to ours and Battle Angel Alita creates its own universe. These are serious anime with solid character design, imaginative worlds, and compelling, engrossing storylines.


Both Battle Engine Aquila and Ghost in the Shell are (at least partly) centered on a main character being a cyborg, and her questioning regarding her status as a human being, or what's left of her humanity. Both of these anime take place in a similar kind of cyberpunk world, and although the stories and goals of the characters are diferent, both give a very similar feeling to the global tory.


It may not seam too much, but both Battle Angel Alita and Ghost in The Shell show interesting (and somewhat similar) vision of cyborgs. While the story of BAA is not as deep as the story in GITS, it is still enjoyable. Also both shows contain gore and violence along with big number of action scenes.

If you liked one you should check the other too.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Both Ergo Proxy and GITS are cyber-punk masterpieces set in a distant future. The heroines have a unique perspective upon the technologically overwhelmed worlds they live in and try to cope with their jobs (both are cops) and feelings.


The comparison between Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy is simple: both have futuristic sci-fi plots with a main character who questions the meaning behind their personal existence. Plus, EP has some comic relief mixed in, which is always a plus.


Both GitS and Ergo Proxy shows a vision of future world. Both are permeateswith misterys and action. But the main simillarity would be this that both tell a story of somebody who cand get along with existing order and feels a deep need to change. Either GitS or Ergo Proxy are also about badasses from government.


Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy both share a similar cyberpunk theme altough they both follow different paths (I will not spoil it for you). The most similar thing in both Animes is the way many of the characters question themselves about their existence and possible humanity, the shows are all about psychological, futuristic and existencial plotlines with stunning visuals and soundtracks, you can't miss these masterpieces if enjoy the hole cyberpunk scene.


The series Ergo Proxy and Ghost in the Shell are set in a future type of environment.  The focus on the changing technology is dark type of atmosphere is what give each of these series a distinct personality apart from others.


Futuristic and Cyberpunkish, 'Ergo Proxy' is in many senses similar to 'Ghost In The Shell'.

Both of them also go a little complicated by the end, and if you do not pay attention in the beginning, prepare your mind for a rough session of mindf*ck


If you like the female protag in either Ergo Proxy or Ghost in the Shell, I think that the other show would be of interest to you. Both protags question the meaning of their existence admist a swirl of technological politics.

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In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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If you like all the technology and cybornetic enhancements in Ghost, you will like them just as much in Texhnolyze, or maybe just the cybornetic humans in general. Ghost in the Shell is a classic among anime movies, and a great one at that.
Humans are seeking to improve their body mechanically, and there are those that sell and those that try to stop it. Both animes take a deeper view on it. And to give the right feeling for that view the surroundings are somewhat similar.
Masanume Shirow (creator of Ghost in the Shell) often touches upon themes of the man/machine interface in his works, new technology, whether Artificial Intelligence can be considered "alive" by todays standards. It's something that Texhnolyze also scratches the surface of with the cybernetic themes and dark gritty atmosphere

Both GitS and Texhnolyze are science fiction-based and are highly detailed in animation, character development and plot. Each serves to examine how superficial bodies in a superficial utopia can affect the mind that dwells within.


If you are into the cyberpunk thing you can't go wrong with Ghost in the Shell or Texhnolyze, unless you have no stomach for violence or gore. As long as you don't mind blood, you're good to go! These aren't for the kids.


Ghost in the Shell and Texhnolyze share the same dangerous ambiance in their towns, involve oppositions between two camps, and have mysterious characters that detain keys to the truth.


Both have a cyber punk, futurisitic feel to them and are slow paced. They are a thinking man's Anime and require much attention to detail or you won't understand what's going on. Ghost in the Shell is more pretty to look at and deals more with technology and the meaning of life. While Texhnolyze Deals more with Society, Morals and the collapse of what makes us human.

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