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The Ghost in the Shell 1 Paperback – October 13, 2009
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
Aside from the censorship, I have found numerous grammar errors throughout the manga. It's not like they're just spelling mistakes, some of them are bad enough to where you have to actually stop and try to decipher what they mean. These mistakes are very easy to see, so the publisher obviously didn't have someone do any proofreading. This cannot be explained in any way other than pure laziness on their part.
The quality of the print is fine and I am sure most people would appreciate its presentation as a hard cover.
Beyond that though its a pretty nice edition. If you complain about the size then you've never seen a regular one volume manga paperback. This edition is roughly the same size as the "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" deluxe edition. While I don't agree with censorship on principle this was NOT Censored Shirow Masamune simply decided that the lesbian sex scenes caused more problems than he would have liked as well as not adding much to the story anyway (besides explicitly stating that Kusanagi swings both ways). As far as bonus content complaints, again they are jumping the gun, as others before me have said there are a few entirely new pages and a lot more full color pages as compared to the original version.
-- The first one should be "The puppeteer"
-- The last one should be "squeeze" not sleaze unless there exists a usage of sleaze that I am not aware of
-- The second one should be "may" not "my"
An uncensored version is more than likely not going to be printed anytime soon or possibly ever. Kodansha has stated they could not publish it with those scenes, because the creator does not want it published with those scenes. He's gotten a lot of flak in both markets for it. So this really is the definitive edition, Since this is how the creator wants it to be seen.
That being said, Kodansha has done a good job on this. The Glossary and some extras would have been nice especially since they're already included in other publications of this series, but the margin notes are nice. It's not perfect, but it's close and definitely a great deal for the price. (Pre-order 14.99) Plus I'm a sucker for Hardcover Manga. . .
If the censored scenes still have you miffed there are alternatives mentioned among the comments in other reviews.
The book itself is fantastic, and although it's condition wasn't what I expected I'm still satisfied with my purchase.
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If only they would keep the traditional manga reading format, would be a perfect product