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Too much got cut,
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I didn't like the series. While the main storyline was decent, there just wasn't enough material for 20-some-odd episodes, and all the stupid side stories and squeaky robot expositions made it difficult to take seriously. I was hopeful that a careful distillation might boil off some of the fluff and leave behind a more focused product, but they just cut too much out and now the story barely even makes any sense. If you watch only this recut, you'll have no idea why that helicopter pilot went nuts, what the "virus" they're all talking about was, why Kuze's mouth never moves, who Koil is, or why you're supposed to care about any of this. As much as I disliked the bulk of the series, it was better than this.
The subtitles also refused to show up on my player until I toggled them several dozen times. Not sure what's up with that.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 3:06:05 PM PDT
P. White says:
'squeaky robot expositions'?!!
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it 'think' ...
At least you're right about too much being cut ... but that's about all.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:59:59 AM PST
Michael C. Schwartz says:
The way the OP posts sounds like he/she isnt even into anime or gits for that matter
Posted on Jan 5, 2012 12:29:55 PM PST
N. Iamandi says:
You can't expect them to make something this compact, out of 26 episodes and keep everything intact. This is just an easier way to experience Ghost in the Shell.
Posted on Apr 3, 2012 12:02:31 PM PDT
I personally enjoy squeaky robot exposition. It's fun.
Posted on Jul 12, 2012 9:34:59 PM PDT
Z. Harker says:
Sadly this reviewer missed the point of the 'squeaky robots' entirely. This review is an unfortunate victim to the Vine spam.
Posted on Sep 20, 2012 6:23:19 PM PDT
A. Hutto says:
oh how i love reviewers that havent watched the dvd or blu ray in question.....if they had said reviewer would know this is not 20 episodes this is in fact season 2 condensed into 2-3 hours i cant remember also its clear you hate anime and don't know anything as season 2(i cant remember how this condensed version does off hand) quite clearly answers most of said questions he claims are never answered.
oh well was hoping for a review on the quality of the blu ray disc.
Posted on Nov 28, 2012 11:16:37 AM PST
J. S. Harbour says:
You all who object to this OPs opinionated review, what's your excuse for not writing your own reviews of this blu-ray? As it stands, one review, 2 stars. And yet you'll take the time to complain here in another person's review. Lazy. If you like the show, watched this blu-ray, then do something useful and review it. I am going to buy this blu-ray anyway, after seeing the entire 2nd Gig, because I watched it a couple times and might enjoy this condensed version in HD. But I won't know how good it is until I've watched it. Thanks for nothing people.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2013 7:12:17 AM PDT
The reviewer is right it is 20 some odd episodes because as you correctly point out it is season 2, aka 2nd gig, condensed and season 2 is 26 episodes long. While the series may have answered those questions the condensed format movie version being reviewed here may not and I haven't watched anything but the series so I can't say but if it does cut out some of the information then the reviewer is doing a good job. I suspect a lot including necessary pieces got cut considering it goes from roughly 600 minutes down to 160 minutes that is keeping only about 1/4 of the content even if you subtract time for opening and ending sequences you are still left with at least a 50% reduction if not greater.
Posted on Jul 16, 2013 1:13:13 PM PDT
That's a tragedy that too much has been cut from this as I bought it and this is the only way for me to watch it as the full second season isn't available on blu-ray.
I saw the first season on DVD and wasn't overly impressed with the show but I enjoyed it enough to want to finish it off on BD. I noticed that the eps in that season were "color coded" as to which were arguably-superfluous filler and which advanced the plot and there were so few plot-advancing eps that I was hoping that if the 2nd season followed the same pattern that I wouldn't lose too much on this condensed blu-ray. :(
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