Editors Pick: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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Editors Pick: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Courtesy of Kodansha

Courtesy of Kodansha

Courtesy of Kodansha

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By Jordan Perry

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I can happily endorse you watching the old animated Ghost in the Shell as much as I can oppose you seeing the new live-action one. The original movie was a thing of substance; balancing entertaining robot-on-robot violence with provoking philosophical questions about self-identity and the nature of humanity. Major Motoko Kusanagi oozes confidence and experience as she takes down cyber based terrorism around Japan. All while providing a subject of contemplation as we wonder how her mechanical existence affects her identity and interactions with normal people. If you like anime, existentialism or sci-fi, I implore you to watch the old film, show or even read the manga.

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