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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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Name Role
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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Ghost in the Shell valondar 8/10 Jan 13, 2009

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Patlabor: The Movie

Patlabor: The Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 99 min)
  • 1989

Throughout Tokyo, a frightening number of construction Labors have begun to suddenly go berserk and violently malfunction. The growing chaos of Tokyo is overshadowed by the looming edifice of the Babylon Project, the lynchpin of Japan's plan to reclaim the land under Tokyo Bay. To make matters worse, its lead architect recently committed suicide by throwing himself off of it into the waves below. How will the Metropolitan Police's Division 2 investigate the malfunctions in the midst of world-wide destruction, when the reliability of their own Labors lies in doubt?

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chickenonfire
Both have an engaging plot, good background music, interesting protagonists, nice action and ambience, and deal with robots.
Bateau
Great storytelling in both of these shows. Very in depth, and action packed. Also both shows are from the same director! Oshii rocks.
Roaziel

Both are told in a similar fashion thanks to master film director Mamoru Oshii. The atmospheres and moods are very similar and both deal with solving a mystery in a world with mechas.

Vexille: 2077 Isolation of Japan

Vexille: 2077 Isolation of Japan
  • Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
  • 2007

Disturbed by Japan’s emergence as the de facto world leader in robotics, the United Nations instituted an international treaty requiring stringent regulations. When vocal objections failed to overturn the decision, Japan chose to withdraw from the UN and vanished from world view in a self-imposed isolation made possible by an impenetrable electromagnetic barrier. Now, ten years later in 2067, the only means of contact between Japan and the world belongs to Daiwa Heavy Industries, a powerful corporation monopolizing the world’s robotics market. The uneasy truce comes under question when SWORD, a U.S. special forces unit, finds disturbing evidence that Japan may have sinister designs for the rest of the world. SWORD must now infiltrate Japan to separate fact from fiction, but is anyone prepared for the truth?

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KiraRin

I like pretty things, I like sci-fi, I like action and all three of these come wrapped up in two pretty little packages called "Vexille" and "Ghost in the Shell".

Both based in a future based on robotics and cyborgs, the race is on to stop the protagonist from using the technology to their evil end.

I have both OST for the series, and happily listen to both again and again.

redteardrop

Where is the line drawn between human and robot? We've already started to blur the line in modern days, but these shows give us some ideas of what may come. Both of these movies are about the human condition, technology and the scary situations that can arise from advanced tech, and make you question where we will really be going in the years to come.

neutrino

Both are cyber-punk movies that explore what happens when the line between man and machine blur.  I personally liked GitS better, as it is more philosophical, but Vexille presents some interesting ideas as well.

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Animatrix

Animatrix

Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.

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chamomille

Both anime are about our future with robots, showing us that robots can have human feelings. It is both about where our effort to create the artificial inteligence leads.

kargarus

Although the Animatrix is a collection of shorts and Ghost in the Shell is a feature length movie, there are some similarities which if you liked one, you will probably like the other. Both involve futuristic Sci-Fi which incorporate A.I and machines. Thematically, they explore relationships between humans and machines and the unintended consequences of advancements in technology. If you enjoy cyberpunk, you will enjoy both of these.

Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis

The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?

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More cyberpunk goodness.
extent
The Knight Sabres are a vigilante team in a futuristic world. 2033 isn't as modern as the more recent BGC 2040 but if you like robotically agumented soldiers it's worth checking out.

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

A devastating earthquake strikes Tokyo, leaving the city in ruins. Man's only hope is to use boomers, an artificial humanoid form. Everything seems perfect until some of the boomers go crazy and start killing people. The only hope of stopping them is the Knight Sabers, a group of 4 female heroes in form-fitting power suits, with which they can perform amazing feats of strength and agility.

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Bubblegum Crisis: 2040 is yet another piece of Cyberpunk goodness - make sure to watch Bubblegum Crisis: 2033 before you take a look at this one.
Xityar
While Ghost in the Shell and Bubblegum crisis have differences, they share the theme of tough girl/woman with high tech equipment. Both portray gloomy futures where heroines fight for a living and manage their lifes as secret warriors.
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