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Ghost in the Shell (v. 1) Paperback – December 12, 1995

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Product Details

  • Series: Ghost in the Shell (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga; Graphic No edition (December 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569710813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569710814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From acclaimed Japanese writer/artists Masamune Shirow, the creator of Appleseed, Orion, and Dominion: Tank Police comes a new dystopian tale of tough-talking cyborgs, political intrigues, and the kind of actions best left covert! The beautiful and deadly Major Kusanagi and her crack team of internal operatives are sent to investigate a government factory with questionable labor practices. As it turns out, their labor practices aren't the only thing to be questioned when the major and her team are met by a most unwelcoming welcome wagon!

Customer Reviews

Packaging was excellent.
The content and concept are both interesting and unique, and the art is, for the most part, well done.
Carlos A. Ramos
By now, most you all should have seen the anime movie, but the manga is even better.
J. Alford

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Carlos A. Ramos on October 25, 2009
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The Ghost in the Shell has become a cult phenomenon. It transcends all sorts of media, from books, to TV, to video games. And most of these ventures have become fruitful efforts. The original manga that started it all has been re released, this time by Kodansha, and with some good and bad.

This edition of Ghost in the Shell is missing a two page lesbian threesome. I thought id get that out of the way first and foremost, since, believe it or not, its actually a big issue. The problem is not that a sex scene was removed (although ill be honest, it was sort of a bummer), but that 2 color pages were removed in a pointless effort what? The manga is already rated 18+, hell even this current printing has the "Mature" rating on it. So what was the purpose of censoring a mature manga if it was still going to have some nudity, violence, cursing, and graphic content?

Now like i said before, its more the fact that Shirow's work is incomplete than simply missing a sex scene. Its needless censorship, and thats the last thing we need right now. (Uncensored version can be found here Ghost In The Shell Volume 1 - 2nd Edition (v. 1) NOTE: Its no longer in print)

Now the actual graphic novel is a very interesting piece. It deals with the value of life, corruption in politics, as well as what it means to be human, among other things. This is some pretty heavy stuff, and on the occasion i had to re-read certain sections, for two reasons.

One, the complexity of the content, and the other, the visualization of said concept. Certain pages flow as if some panels have been removed (although they weren't, nothing was changed other than the 2 pages we talked about).
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. P. on October 24, 2009
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Unfortunately, Kodansha has decided to censor this release of Ghost in the Shell by changing artwork and removing entire scenes. If you would like to read the series in it's unedited entirety, you would be best tracking down Dark Horse's older 2005 release.

For more discussion on this books edits, you can read about it on page 25 of the AnimeOnDVD forum's "Edited Manga List" thread.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
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First created in 1991, 'Ghost in the Shell' is Masamune Shirow's vision of a future world, complex and dysfunctional peopled by humans, robots and cyborgs. Best known in this country as the Anime film of the same name, it has had an unexpected influence on manga, anime, and the world to come. Like Phillip Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,' is asks questions about the essence of life and the validity of a society where it is an artifact that can be installed instead of something innate. The Film was my first sight of what anime was capable of, and this book was my first introduction to manga, the unique Japanese form of the graphic novel.
The action of the story centers on a security team led by Major Matoko Kusinagi. Kusinagi, like almost all of her team, are highly modified humans, or highly humanized machines, depending on your viewpoint. They are shells, biomechanical miracles, in which a human brain and spinal column have been places. However, unless you see one of them being made, or notice their cable contact points, they seem utterly human.
The team investigates possible cases of government wrongdoing. Their paths often bring them into contact with the less reputable side of human and cyborg traffic. Shirow uses these contacts, robots in revolution, berserk cyborgs, illegal memory copying, etc., to gradually shift the story from hard science fiction to a semi-metaphysical deep dive into the significance of the information net and alternate life form possibilities. The question, of course, is not just 'what is human?' but 'what is intelligent life?' Where exactly is the boundary between the shell, whether it be bioengineered or flesh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on December 8, 2009
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In his brief introduction to this first volume of a landmark series about a cyborg, Dark Horse president Mike Richardson cites all the thematic questions you'd expect--what makes people "human," what is a soul, are machines capable of authentic emotion? And while Shirow Masamune's masterful Ghost in the Shell certainly addresses such issues, often in profound ways, it's worth nothing that Richardson does leave out one question: What are the erotic implications of this blurring between the organic and the synthetic?

It's not an idle question, but rather one that confronts readers in several different forms, perhaps most obviously when the protagonist, the immanently capable Major Motoko Kusanagi, regularly appears in pinup-style poses. One senses, though, that these are bones thrown to a certain audience segment and, for better or worse, they're not apt to trouble hetero female readers who may be accustomed to a lot more cheesecake in manga (not to mention mainstream superhero comics). Moreover, it soon becomes apparent that Masamune is playing a much deeper game here as he goes about deliberately undermining the erotic--or at least conventional assumptions about it and conventional approaches to it in comics--by positioning readers to be hit hard by far more disturbing images. In one battle scene, Kusanagi loses an arm at the elbow, metallic tendrils dangling from the stump, and she barely misses a beat--to her, it's a spare part that can be fixed or replaced, but for readers, it destroys the integrity of the female form and disrupts the pleasure of any passive voyeurism that might be occurring.
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