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The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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"Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories." -Steven Spielberg
"A stunning work of speculative fiction." -James Cameron
“This is a work of profound and melancholic beauty; every bit as essential in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.” –Telegraph
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In 1983, Masamune published his first manga, oBlack Magico from Atlas, a science fiction dojin manga society (dojin is the Japanese term to describe an amateur fan publication). In 1985, his first major work, oAppleseedo, was published by Seishinsha, without being serialized in or submitted to a manga magazine, which is quite rare in the Japanese manga publishing industry. Shortly thereafter, Shirow set up his own company, and besides working on his own manga and illustration work, took on projects from the anime and game industry. Shirow's work has been recognized and highly respected outside Japan. He has been active in numerous anime and game projects but it is rare for him to take the helm of such projects, or even to have his name used prominently. Shirow Masamune was born in Japan in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, on November 23rd, 1961. He still lives in the same district.
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As for extras: I don't really know what's included beyond what would have been in the normal edition. There's a glossary for the newly restored Japanese sound effects, but good luck reading it -- it's in incredibly small white font against a black background, as you can see.
Alas, swing and a miss for Kodansha. I got this for $14.99 and can live with it, but run the heck away from the MSRP of $29.99.
The comic is already rated mature so it really doesn't make sense to censor it.
The reason I think this will never be outdated is, while much of our knowledge is advancing at a very fast rate and stuff like interfaces between organic systems and computer systems is becoming more and more steamless, I don't think we will ever be able to truly answer the question 'what is life' anymore than we can define what we mean by 'artificial intelligence'. 50 years ago my watch would of freaked half of the US military and made most scientists drool. Now its something that is tossed away if it breaks! 50 years from now my computer will be looked at as lower in 'intelligence' than the kitchen table!
The manga in general:
-Basically, the manga is another perspective of the series (the original perspective actually) that is more a more emotional (Major), comical (Batou) etc... which alone makes it worth reading.
-The art style is old-fashioned (published nearly 20 years ago). Best way to describe it would be like "draft sketches & rough coloring". Could be a con for readers focused on art work.
Now, regarding Vol.1 2nd Edition:
-This is the unecensored version. personally, I hate edited versions of ANYTHING.
-That being said, "censored" means they took out about 5 pages all together of E-brain sex. Not story-critical, but does add a little to char personality (the major difference between manga and show/movie). Also is, in my opinion, not too graphic (this is a seinen people...)
Bottom Line - It's GitS! Censored or not, it's worth it. "New" 2nd ed. not worth it unless your a hardcore fan. I'm happy with a used copy in "good condition".