title: Ghost in the Shell


2020


'Ghost In The Shell: SAC_2045': A Withered Husk 
Easily the weakest 'Ghost In The Shell' project thus far, but with a tease of hope at the end of its first half
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2018


'The Ghost In The Shell: Global Neural Network': Four Ways Into The Shell 
Four teams of writers and artists from Western comics deep-dive into the 'Ghost In The Shell'-verse, and arise with four divergent and arresting visions
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2017


Characters Of Distinction: Motoko Kusanagi 
How the feminist, post-humanist, and deeply human heart of the 'Ghost In The Shell' franchise became, and remains, an icon and a model
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How The Future (Of Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations) Can Be Female 
'Ghost In The Shell' fizzled, but there are tons of other worthwhile anime/manga titles with strong female leads that could be adapted excellently for English-speaking audiences
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Anime Roundup: June 11, 2017 
Project Itoh's 'Genocidal Organ' hits theaters next month; peek at the new 'Gintama' live-action trailer; and 'Kino's Journey' wanders back into print
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'The Ghost In The Shell: Five New Short Stories' 
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
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Anime Roundup: April 14, 2016 
'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.
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The Soul Of A New 'Ghost' 
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
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The Cracks In The 'Shell' 
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
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'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko 
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
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Anime Roundup: 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
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'The Ghost In The Shell': Motoko Kusanagi, The Early Years 
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
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'Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence': Farewell, My Lovely 
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
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2016


Is This The Real Life, Or Is This Just Fantasy? 
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?
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Anime Roundup: 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.
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The First Full 'Ghost In The Shell' Live-Action Trailer Is Remarkably Promising 
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
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Five Things About Those Five Glimpses Of The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' 
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
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Anime Roundup: 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.
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The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Is Further Evidence Hollywood Has No Idea How To Adapt Anime 
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?
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'Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie': Only New On The Outside 
In the end, all the 'Ghost in the Shell: ARISE' continuity has done is lead us right back where we started
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