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  • Sachi 7:48 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Ghost in the Shell 

    A question posed throughout all of human history, one possibly more insightful and more relevant than the meaning of life, deals with that of humanity. What makes a human being? Is it our body? Our intellect? Our consciousness? What makes man any different from a machine performing functions? Could a machine be more human than a human? The list goes on and on, and there’s still no definitive answer to the question— but it certainly gets us to think, doesn’t it? In 1995, an anime readdressed this question using cyborgs.

    Science fiction often asks this question, among many other issues and questions it address, and popularly roots from the writings of Isaac Asimov. Ghost in the Shell, produced by Production I. G. in 1995, premiered, introducing us to the world where the line between human and machine is no longer distinct, and many people have upgraded to cybernetic bodies. We follow Major Motoko Kusanagi, of the security force Section 9, as she and her team track down a dangerous hacker known as the Puppet Master. At the same time, Kusanagi questions her existence as a cyborg and seeks to discover what it means to be truly human. Ghost in the Shell was a breakthrough in animation, blending cel and computer animation, as well as in the international arena, being among the first anime to be shown extensively in North America, and even being an influence for the Wachowski brothers in creating The Matrix. So, what makes it such a great film? Well, lets go over that in what will by my first essay of my Ghost in the Shell marathon: (More …)

    • Mac Colestock 8:24 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oshii’s film adaptation of Shirou’s manga is barely even an adaptation. It’s probably best to consider them two different beasts altogether due to how drastically they differ, but that’s not to say either one is bad. Aside from visual models, the characters aren’t even recognizable; the thought provoking but loose and lighthearted tone of the manga is contrasted by the somber, introspective, and melancholy tone of the film; and not to mention how the whole narrative had to be compressed and rewritten to the point of only bearing passing resemblance to its source material. But they’re both excellent, since Shirou works well with the comic format and Oshii’s adaptation–though wild in its liberties–does it justice while still remaining thoroughly “Oshii”. He only loses track of himself with Innocence, but… oh well.

      The animation in that film is godly, too. Production IG certainly never fails to deliver on that front.

      • Sachi 8:36 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, the difference in tone is one thing I forgot to mention. The 1995 film certainly is much, much more serious than the manga, and rightfully so. I personally like the seriousness this film has, and is one of the many reasons I enjoy it more than Stand Alone Complex, but that essay can be saved for another day.

      • juliancan 11:25 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Extremely well-written article. Quite an amazing feat considering your age :D. I will be posting this article on Facebook with the hope that your number of viewers will increase thus gaining the recognition you rightfully deserve.

        Indeed, the philosophy presented in this anime is quite interesting too and your essay about how humane is a human is quite intriguing and does justice to the anime series itself. Good job :D.

        Other than that it is so weird, we have one year of difference but we are born on the same month and on the same day o.O. Both born on June 2nd. How did I acquire this information, by stalking your MAL account ;D:

        • Sachi 11:45 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Wow, that is really weird. o.O

          I’m glad you enjoyed the article. 😀 I tried to spice up my style a little bit with this one, while still following the same basic formula I’ve been developing over the last several months. It’s good to know that it’s been working.

          Thank you for plugging my blog, as well! I’ll be sure to do the same for yours!

          • juliancan 10:41 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Anyways if you like anime series with a intriguing and convoluted plotline, having a lot of metaphors and symbolism hidden in it and of course a lot of depth, then I strongly suggest you to watch Monster and Honey and Clover. While Honey and Clover presents the whole philosophy surrounding the transition from adolescent to adulthood, Monster presents the danger of making a person miss his own childhood as well as teenhood, leaving him in an eternal deadlock of transition between his young years and his adult years. While Honey and Clover’s cast of characters are foolhardy college students, in Monster, the main interaction revolves around a life-saver– a doctor– and his pseudo creation, a young psychopath who has been trained to become the next Hitler.


            http://myanimelist.net/anime/16/Honey_and_Clover (the synopsis here does not do justice to its plot :/).

            PS: Watched Yumekui Merry yet?

            • Sachi 10:55 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Monster has been on my list of things to watch forever, and I’ve been meaning to get to it for a while. Perhaps after I finish my Ghost in the Shell marathon. As for Honey and Clover: I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never actually looked into it. It was bound to get onto my list at some point, though, and I may get to watching it soon based off of your recommendation.

              And yes, I did watch Yumekui Merry. It seems enjoyably silly, and I love the animation. I will certainly keep watching as the season goes on.

    • marinasauce 10:53 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Though I’ve never seen or read any of the Ghost in the Shell works, I did find your article intriguing and well-written. You have a pretty good hook, with the list of questions and draw to the average reader’s curiosity about humanity, that also transitions quite easily into your discussion of the 1995 anime rendition. I’ll have to get around to watching this sometime soon >.<

    • Marina 8:24 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I finally got around to watching this…and I loved it! Now I just need to get my hands on the 2nd film 🙂 Thanks for convincing me to watch it.

  • Sachi 7:24 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Call of Duty, cartoon, Courage the Cowardly Dog, , , Halo, , , Mario, , Nostalgia, Playstation, Pokemon, Spyro, The Matrix, The Never Ending Story, The Simpsons,   

    The New Nostalgia 

    It was bound to happen at some point, and I’m sure you all saw it coming. Today the Geek With Taste is here to talk to you about nostalgia— video games, movies, cartoons, everything.  However, it won’t be the kind of nostalgia you might expect. For the longest time, the icons of nostalgia has been the original Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ultra Man, Mario, the Nintendo, etc. While many of you are thinking, “Fuck yeah! That’s what nostalgia is all about,” a growing population of people are looking upon a new nostalgia to fit their own age. Beware, Generation X, for a new era of nostalgia is about to come about, and that is the nostalgia of the children of the grand ol’ 1990’s. (More …)

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