anime: Ghost in the ShellSee in alphabetical order
'The Ghost In The Shell: Five New Short Stories' April 27, 2017
A spry, classy set of riffs on the 'Ghost In The Shell' universe, drawing on characters we know and extrapolating from the setting at large, but newcomers to the franchise shouldn't make this their first outing with it
Anime Roundup: April 14, 2016 April 14, 2017
'Perfect Blue''s source material is seeing an English release for the first time; 'Ghost' bombs at the b.o.; and 'your name.' makes a modest splash in the U.S.
The Soul Of A New 'Ghost' April 7, 2017
Very little is known about the recently announced 'Ghost In The Shell' animation project, but the people on board so far are about as good as you could ask for
The Cracks In The 'Shell' March 31, 2017
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko March 31, 2017
The most fascinating thing about the Western remake of 'Ghost In The Shell' is how what seemed most problematic about it -- Scarlett Johansson in the lead role -- is leveraged as a thematic element in the film itself
Anime Roundup: March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017
'Ghost In The Shell''s opening scene; the first U.S. 'Death Note' trailer; 'Outlaw Star' and 'Big O' are headed back onto shelves
'The Ghost In The Shell': Motoko Kusanagi, The Early Years March 8, 2017
If you're a first-time reader of Masamune Shirow's manga, progenitor of a whole name-brand cyberpunk franchise, the original will be as striking for its slapstick and satirical jabs as it is for its vision of a future still coming true today
'Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence': Farewell, My Lovely February 22, 2017
Everything that was both grand and frustrating about Oshii's original 'Ghost In The Shell' film is redoubled in its follow-up, a visionary work that neglects to give its characters their own voices
Is This The Real Life, Or Is This Just Fantasy? December 20, 2016
Live-action adaptations of anime are arriving at a head-turning pace. Is that great news for fans, or a portent for a flood of mediocre cash-grabs to come?
Anime Roundup: November 18, 2016 November 18, 2016
Miyazaki's STILL not retired; the live-action 'Ghost In The Shell' will be scored by Clint Mansell; and our first peek at the live-action 'Fullmetal Alchemist' flick.
The First Full 'Ghost In The Shell' Live-Action Trailer Is Remarkably Promising November 13, 2016
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
Five Things About Those Five Glimpses Of The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' September 22, 2016
A few short snippets won't provide us with the whole flavor of the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' project, but they have given us some tea leaves worth reading
Anime Roundup: July 29, 2016 July 29, 2016
Massive reissues of 'Ghost in the Shell' and 'AKIRA' manga for 2017, 'Bleach' finally set to conclude; 'Macross' shows up on Amazon Prime.
The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Is Further Evidence Hollywood Has No Idea How To Adapt Anime April 16, 2016
With all the anime/manga projects out there to choose from, why does Hollywood insist on choosing the ones that give it the biggest cultural difficulties?
'Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie': Only New On The Outside April 15, 2016
In the end, all the 'Ghost in the Shell: ARISE' continuity has done is lead us right back where we started
Influence: Good, Bad, And Ugly January 26, 2015
There should be no shying away from how the influences left by our favorite works are not always good ones
Scarlett Johannson And The Half-Shelled 'Ghost' January 6, 2015
Casting Scarlet Johannson as Motoko Kusanagi is proof the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' is as misguided a production as any previous Western attempt to adapt anime
'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 4: ghost stands alone' January 5, 2015
With all four installments of 'ARISE' in place, the whole of it adds up to a breathless but superficial ride, lacking the soul and personality that dignified its predecessors
'Ghost in the Shell': The Dreaming Machine September 26, 2014
Twenty-five years on, one of anime's seminal groundbreakers remains as alluring, intriguing, confounding, and problematic as ever
'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 3: ghost tears' September 19, 2014
Part three of 'ARISE' is an improvement on the first two installments, but the ineffable alchemy we saw before in the franchise still hasn't quite manifested itself
Should We Film This? 'Ghost in the Shell' September 8, 2014
A good live-action version of 'Ghost in the Shell' may well be possible, but can Hollywood do it without draining all the blood (and electricity) from its veins?
Anime: Now A Major Motion Picture May 27, 2014
How the practice of shifting anime from TV broadcast or video to theatrical release first has delivered a new form factor -- and a new aesthetic
'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 2: ghost whisper' March 10, 2014
The second installment in the 'Ghost in the Shell: ARISE' series eschews insight and thematic complexity for straight-up action
'Ghost In The Shell: ARISE: Border 1: ghost pain' March 3, 2014
Even if 'ARISE' falls short of the heights of 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex', it's still a model of ambition and vision for anime