Ghost in the Shell

Alt title: Koukaku Kidoutai

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Akira

Akira

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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shalist shalist says...

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.

klafka klafka says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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.

Erinaceus Erinaceus says...

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.

Mladen Mladen says...

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

dgsub dgsub says...

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.

berserk1842 berserk1842 says...

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?

Eileanach Eileanach says...

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.

DaGamesElite DaGamesElite says...

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.

ghostgundam ghostgundam says...

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.

Foop Foop says...

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.

athina athina says...

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.

cameronanimeangel cameronanimeangel says...

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.

ProfessorM ProfessorM says...

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.

BrokenCage BrokenCage says...

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.

tasanime tasanime says...

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'.

jimmytheduck jimmytheduck says...

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.

shinakuma shinakuma says...

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.

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

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!

eaper eaper says...

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.

Mrlongname Mrlongname says...

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

Swerto Swerto says...

Both are among the most influential animated movies of the late 20th century. Both have dark sci-fi themes in a cyberpunk setting. Both have great memorable soundtracks and characters. Both are deeper than your generic ultraviolent anime. 

miko miko says...

what an odd matching, but in my opinion Akira is a must see.  as for the match up, they are both based on the future, in a time where people are facing hardships and complications.

animekid95 animekid95 says...

If you ever watched Anime on vhs and on Laserdisc in the 1990s here are different odds and ends on Anime movies from the late 1980s to the early 1990s is that for anime movies especially either Akira or Ghost in the Shell for Akira however it came out in 1988 but for Ghost in the Shell it came out in 1995 especially for those who have good Anime recommendation.

Dellsimkin Dellsimkin says...

Because Akira, Ghost in the shell , and Macross Plus were my first VHS Anime imports I could  get. Speed Racer was already dubbed on air before school started. And that was like 3rd grade haha. Oh I  forgot Starblazer with the wave motion cannon ... Death Star my butt haha

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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Tasuki Tasuki says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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.

aoki aoki says...

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.

sublime sublime says...

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.

SplinterOfChaos SplinterOfChaos says...

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.

AverageShinigami AverageShinigami says...

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.

Adouma Adouma says...

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...)

absolute absolute says...

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.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

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.

eaper eaper says...

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.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

'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.

goblintinker goblintinker says...

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.

Mirari Mirari says...

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

masterchica masterchica says...

They speak of a world were the soul becomes a digital concept. How can you tell when we will become more than the sume of our parts and become something more? The tecnology brings interesting changes in our lifes and this two profound animes show crazy and inusual posibilities.

subparalien subparalien says...

Let's all talk about technology and identity! Have you ever wondered what makes you human? How will our online presence shift the perception of self?

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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shalist shalist says...

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.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

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.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

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.

Tomte Tomte says...

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.

Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

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.

Deadlystrike6 Deadlystrike6 says...

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.

Ran Ran says...

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.

JAhU JAhU says...

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.

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these anime feature a strong female lead with an advanced robotic/cybernetic body.

Ghost in the shell focuses more on the philosophical aspects of living with a cybernetic body while Battle Angel Alita focuses more on action.

SpanglishJC SpanglishJC says...

Both shows feature a fun, cyberpunk setting with an almost completely cybernetic, female MC. Both protagonist are also strong characters in their respective anime.

Battle Angel Alita is far mroe action focused than GITS, which likes to use its action more sparingly. The latter has stronger storytelling and delves into philosophy a fair bit.

If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre then both are worth your time, just keep in mind that both try to achieve something different.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both shows feature strong, cybernetic women in a world where cyborgs are the norm. Ghost in the Shell is a bit more philosophical while Battle Angel Alita is more action-oriented, but fans of one should check the other.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both Battle Angel Alita and Ghost in the Shell are set in a dystopian future, where the main characters are cyborgs. 

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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RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

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.

kmull kmull says...

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.

SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

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.

Anathemus Anathemus says...

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.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

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

snivets snivets says...

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.

Dolanduck5 Dolanduck5 says...

altthough the storylines are noticeably different they are both scinece fiction stories that tackle themes around existentiallism. they are both very atmospheric and both are the very top of what the medium has to offer both are equally great.

SpanglishJC SpanglishJC says...

GITS and Ergo Proxy are both quite heavy on a philosophical level. They both tell compelling stories set in a cyberpunk world, although Ergo Proxy is a dystopian, post-apocalyptia.

Both of these anime are excellent examples of cyberpunk done right and a must watch for fans of the genre. They both require that you pay good attention to pick up all the little details within.

ttrankings091 ttrankings091 says...

Mature Philosophycal SciFi Setting. Allthough Ghost in the Shell is way more mature in how they approach the whole Ai conundrum.

subparalien subparalien says...

The line between perception and reality blurs in a technocratic buerocracy. All those distinguishing features between fact and narrative, human and machine blur away. 

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

So you like heavy stories for a movie? Start up with Ghost in the Shell, both movies are quite heavy on the plot, just like Jin-Roh

HigumaOtoshi HigumaOtoshi says...

Jin Roh appeals to the humanistic moral of war and death, kind of similar to Ghost in the Shell. More importantly, Jin-Roh leaves you talking for hours about life, struggles, whatever, so watch it with a friend. If you liked GitS, I think you'll like Jin-Roh.

hurin hurin says...

I see a similarity both in the dark atmosphere and beautifully animated action scenes, and in that the two protagonists Fuse and Kusanagi who both struggle with their identities.

Chalmersite Chalmersite says...

GitS and Jin-Roh - both of them can be described with several words - hard, heavy and beautiful.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

While Jin-Roh takes place in a parallel mid-20th Japan and GiTS in a cyberpunk future they share the same dystopian feel and sombre tone, which is not too surprising considering Mamoru Oshii was heavily involved in making them.

If it's the general feel of the movie you're after, not the setting, do yourself a favour and check out the other one.

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

Jin-Roh and GitS share a similar feel.  When you watch both of these, the animation style and dreary setting make them feel the same.  Both movies go way too quickly and have a deep storyline.  They are classic animes and if you liked one then don't put the other aside, watch it asap.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

Both Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and Ghost in the Shell share a bleak and somewhat gloomy future setting, where a protagonist who doesn't fit in with regular society works with a secret government-sponsored group in order to combat the forces of evil that plague this dark world.

Along the way, some hard choices must be made. If you like your anime stories to be more complex and to be more serious and intense in theme, then I think you would enjoy either of these titles.

Swerto Swerto says...

Both are among the bst anime movies ever made. Both have dark heavy stories. Both are deeper than your generic ultraviolent anime. 

miko miko says...

I can' argue with these two at all, as they are both the type to mess with your minds, they are based off of soldiers in an attempt to face themselves and their enemies.

Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze

In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGANO will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGANO 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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VRDave VRDave says...

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.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

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.

sublime sublime says...

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

tasanime tasanime says...

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.

gyakusetsu gyakusetsu says...

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.

Ran Ran says...

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.

Proxy11 Proxy11 says...

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.

subparalien subparalien says...

Body modification galore. How many wires can you add before you stop being human? The question is 'us.' Who are we when we change, and what are we capable of becoming.

Armitage III Poly-Matrix

Armitage III Poly-Matrix

The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans.

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mindlesspuppet mindlesspuppet says...

Both have a kick ass robotic female lead character. Style and setting are pretty similar too.

VRDave VRDave says...

The cybornetics/robotics are very present in both these movies as well as the main characters are a strong female presence. Lots of great action in both movies.

Bateau Bateau says...

Two fantastic futuristic movies. And the lead characters are female. -_^ Chicks, guns, computers, gunfights, how can you go wrong? I think you would love both of these movies.

Ripzter Ripzter says...

Both series have a kick ass robot chick. I think that alone is reason enough to check out both series. There are also other similar fetaures with these series.

cm721f cm721f says...

If you like sci-fi with cyberpunk elements. Both also feature strong female central roles that happen to be robots. Also they both are on the police force.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

as mentioned by another, this is a steampunk anime where the leading roles are strong females.  even though they are made separate, they both have similar aspects, they are ghosts within machines trying to do better than what they were "created" to be. 

8 Man After

8 Man After

Hazama is a private detective, who becomes fatally wounded in a run-of-the-mill case. In order to survive, Hazama is tranformed into the legendary cyborg 8Man -- to put an end to the cybernetically-enhanced criminals' wave of crime. But as the death count increases, Hazama soon begins to question how much of his real self is left, and if the emotionless 8Man he becomes is really in control...

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mindlesspuppet mindlesspuppet says...

8man after is what Ghost In The Shell wishes it could be like. 8man has more depth, rises the same questions as GiTS, and just is all around better strung together. If you like GiTS you should love 8man.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Emotions run rampant as machines and men clash in a battle of wills and abilities. Both 8man After and Ghost in the Shell feature cyborgs and an overall dark atmosphere that I'm sure fans of the genre will enjoy.

Frost Frost says...

If crime-fighting cyborgs with identity-problems is your thing, both 8-Man After and Ghost in the Shell will serve you nicely. Although Ghost in the Shell has a much existential edge to it, both titles put a lot of focus on the meaning and consequence of having a machine body.

sothis sothis says...

Ghost in the Shell and 8man After both tackle the difficult question of how a human mind can inhabit a machine. Ghost in the Shell is definitely very slow and beautiful, while 8man After is violent and gritty, but I still enjoyed both. For a dark tone and similar content, I highly recommend you check this out.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

Even moreso than the TV series, the original GitS movie deals extensively with issues of becoming less and less human as you become more and more of a cyborg, with the added touch of Oshii's philosophical comments and ideas on humanity and technology.

chii chii says...

Human minds exist inside the body of a machine. For these people it's something new and they are discovering the advantages and disadvantages of having a machine body. 8 Man After is pretty oldschool while Ghost in the Shell has some pretty graphics. If you liked one check out the other.

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

To stop the unstoppable you need the irresistible. To kill the un-killable, you need someone for whom death no longer has a meaning. And to catch the perfect serial killer, you need the one person who knows his methods the best… his last victim! Murdered and reborn, no longer human, the female cyborg named Balot exists for one reason: to track down the man who killed her and bring him to justice.

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hurin hurin says...

These could almost be set in the same universe. A world of amazing technology, but where human life seems to hold little value.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both Mardock Scramble and GitS paint a bleak view of our future, were transhumanism and technological advances do very little to alleviate the suffering for those at the bottom levels of society. Both movies feature a female main character who are 'rebuilt' using technology, and the stories revolve around police officers working a case.

Both are incredibly visually appealing movies that deftly creates a compelling future, and even though they were created 15 years apart they still have a similar feel as far as aesthetics are concerned. Fans of either would do well to check out the other.

Vala Vala says...

They both exist in a dark future where technological modification flurishes. Both focus on the struggles of modified female leads trying to define their humanity and the value of life in society.

williab3 williab3 says...

This movie was everything Ghost in a Shell wasn't. The action seens are really intense and the animation is great. I am not comfortable with the under age sex seens and some of the technology was a little wierd but all in all it is a top notch anime.

SpanglishJC SpanglishJC says...

If you like cyberpunk and liked one of these films then there is a good chance you will like the other. This applies to all three Mardock films too. They are quite different from each other once you get past the setting but both offer wonderful cyberpunk, cyborg goodness.

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ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Booth of these movies feature a mostly cyborg female main character in a good cyberpunk setting. Mardock focuses a bit more on the action than Ghost in the Shell does.

Armitage III

Armitage III

The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans.

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sothis sothis says...

For a (in my opinion) much better look at cyberpunk, check out Armitage. It deals with the same kind of issues as Ghost in the Shell, but isn't all substance with no style or story. Check it out.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Ghost in the Shell and Armitage III both explore the interaction between humans and cyborgs with dark overtones and incredible animation. The characterization is wonderful and the subtle hints at what artificial intelligence may one day become make you think about the state of mankind.

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

There are numerous anime which explore the question "what makes us human". If we slowly replace parts of ourselves, at which point do we go from man to machine? Do we lose our soul? And if not, can machines have souls as well? Two of the more serious examples of this type of anime are Ghost in the Shell and Armitage III. Both set in dark cyberpunk futures, they interspread intense action with philisophical exploration. Whether you are looking for more philosophy, or just a good cyberpunk action romp, neither of these disappoint

NoirTheElitist NoirTheElitist says...

Even leaning over the same topic, Ghost In The Shell and Armitage III are very different. If you found this series's main character to be extremely detached and want a more cosy, husky character give Armitage a try. 

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both shows lay heavy focus on the question what the human soul or mind is. They both contain questions about the ethics of artificial lifeforms and contain plenty of action.