Greetings Fanboys and Fangirls everywhere, You remember the 90's hit Anime Movie Ghost in the Shell? Sure you do, one of the most remembers piece's of Japanese Animation ever to exist in our lifetime, in fact the first movie was so popular it had a sequel, an Anime seiries called Stand Alone Complex and 2nd Gig, And now we are looking at Ghost in the Shell ARISE (Which in my opinion shows the earl...y years of Section-9) Most of you might be intreged to know that Ghost in the Shell is based from a Manga from 1989 (Same year as the first Batman movie), Now this wouldn't be a surprise, It's set in the future and Section-9 stops terrarism, Well It's similar, But to be truthful, The Manga that is the original source material to the Anime is... Different, I'm dead serious. Okey the setting is In this cyberpunk iteration of a possible future, computer technology has advanced to the point that many members of the public possess cyberbrains, technology that allows them to interface their biological brain with various networks. The level of cyberization varies from simple minimal interfaces to almost complete replacement of the brain with cybernetic parts, in cases of severe trauma. This can also be combined with various levels of prostheses, with a fully prosthetic body enabling a person to become a cyborg. The heroine of Ghost in the Shell, Major Motoko Kusanagi (The best thing on this franchise and my most Respectable Character), is such a cyborg, having had a terrible accident befall her as a child that ultimately required that she use a full-body prosthesis to house her cyberbrain. This high level of cyberization, however, opens the brain up to attacks from highly skilled hackers, with the most dangerous being those who will hack a person to bend to their whims, From what I can gather, This is part of three stories of the Original Manga with 11 chapters.
After reading this on KissManga, I came to the conclusion of being split-minded about it, But you know what... I kinda prefer the Anime of what Mamoru Oshii did with the franchise, Don't get me wrong, There where some nice Ideas and cool stuff that would be used in the Anime, How ever This original version felt like a Parody of the Cyberpunk era of the 90's, And it shows in the not only the somewhat Weird artwork that good in places but in the Dialog as well, But danm Major was a serious and respectable woman in the Anime, in the Manga She was abit joky in places, Which is alright in places but it gets in the way when she's a bit cocky, and she would openly insult the Chife by calling him old ape (due to the artwork) But that wasn't what she is like in the Anime, and even the people of Section-9 are abselute morons (Well some of them, They do have some redeeming parts), If you're wondering who the hell write this well it was Masamune Shirow he also did Appleseed as well, Now looking at the proves that Masanori Ota is like Frank Miller in some dagree, Now here's something that Shocked me when I heard Bennet the Sage mention it on his Ghost in the Shell 2 review, This original version of Ghost in the Shell has an infemous moment in it in Chapter 3 It's reveald that Major Motoko Kusanagi (the character I love in the anime) INTO A LESBIAN, oh sure you can say that she said that to Batou, But here, THEY JUST FLAT-OUT SHOWD HER HAVING SEX WITH TWO OTHER GIRLS!!!!!!!!!! I'm dead serious here, Dear lord what was going on in the artists head? Well Sage did explain that He was afraid of Drawing a mans butt that is a new level of dumb, Even Hellboy would find this and go "Isn't this taking abit to far buddy?" I'm not sure if it was intenstional but, This may have almost got the book Recalled, I felt sorry for Dark Horse when they originally published this but it did go to Kodansha Comics, funny that UK's Titan Books had this as well, Despite outrage by fans, There has been some Cencored versions of the story, But Trust KissManga to have a Non-Cencored one and pased the English Dialog on the pages, And to be fare It may have been hinted that Matoko might be a lesbian in the Anime, can't remember which Season or Episode though, But at least it wasn't over-done like in this, Does it screm Hentai? In some standered but thank god it wasn't gonna last forever.
Now to be honest There are fans of this, This is in the same catagory are Ninja Turtles and The Mask, They use the same ideas from the original source material but for different means, And to be truthful, I did have some laughs out of this, and the Character Designs in this are similar to AKIRA, Dirty Pair and even Project A-Ko, I'd say enjoy it for what it is, and have the Anime for what we hoped it would have been, Whether you wanna see a Story of GotS that is Serios or a Story of GotS that's slapstick Parody of the Cyberpunk Era, These two different versions of Ghost in the Shell to entertain what ever strange mood your in.
Don't forget there are games as well.
Good manga, great art, story a bit all over the place. But yeah, STRONGLY recommended.