Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society (Limited Edition Steelbook)
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A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker nicknamed the Puppet Master" is behind the entire series of events. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM UPC: 669198251764 Manufacturer No: 25176
The television movie Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (2006) continues the adventures of the cast of Stand Alone Complex, the TV series based on Mamoru Oshii's watershed feature. It's been two years since Major Kusanagi left Public Security Section 9 and struck out on her own. Batou pursues only investigations that interest him. Togusa is in charge of the Section, largely by default. All three characters, plus Chief Aramaki and the Tachikoma robots, join in the investigation of a string of suicides by agents of a foreign general. The trail leads them to a terrorist plot involving micro-machines created to release a deadly virus, and to the master-hacker known as the Puppeteer. The depiction of a corrupt politician using resources earmarked for the care of an aging population for his own ends reflects recent scandals in Japan. But Solid State Society feels derivative. The plot borrows heavily from the "Laughing Man" storyline, and the general lack of inspiration is evident in the failure to resolve the mystery satisfactorily.
The Limited Edition includes a music CD and a second DVD of extras, among them notes on designing the futuristic vehicles in the film, and an interview with Mitsuhisa Ishikawa of Production I.G., all packaged in a metal box. (Rated 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
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so far all GIS films subtitles aren't word-for-word the spoken english.
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However, the film is very good, but not for everyone. In case you were uncertain, this film served as the finale for the anime show “Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex” and it’s second season “Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Second Gig”. So, if you have not watched these two prior seasons do not attempt to watch this film, you will be pretty lost. If you have watched the show and liked it, you will also like this film. It works well at wrapping up the rather “complex” storyline.
Unfortunately GITS has moved beyond the standalone complex cannon into Arise, which is just terrible in comparison. This movie is like the final taste of the standalone complex universe that I love, but it's bittersweet because you know how much better it would have been as a full season. The story was certainly interesting enough to encompass a full 26 episodes (with some of the episodes being side stories, of course).
In all fairness, I think the S.A.C. dub was fantastically well done, so it is still worth watching in English, but I generally prefer subs and was disappointed that original Japanese audio wasn't an option.
did something only very few movies have done in terms of surprises and only one of extremely few that can give a convincing basis for a machine having true consciousness/AI.
Had all the same visuals, voice actors of the TV/anime (who are top notch; also, you just get used to them). Really this and cowboy beebop are about the only anime where I prefer the dubbed.
And.. YOKO KANNO.
There was a pretty big time lapse between me watching the series and this "sequal", but Solid State Society starts as fast, if not faster paced and awesome than where it left off. The intro, even the title menu will get you pumped and grinning like a school boy/girl.
Huge contributor to that was the OST; a lot has been recycled from the series, but this is by no means a bad thing. I believe GitS' OSTs to be the most provoking, adaptive and beautiful i've heard (NGE is up there too).
As I clicked play, I was metaphorically slapped in the face; I was passively watching the show while doing a few other house activities. You can't simply let GitS roll in the background and expect to comprehend it without dedicating your full attention.
And as always, the english cast is phenominal.
-Story line twists that will leave your head spinning even after the credits start rolling
-That faint romantic tension (it's not just me right?) between Motoko and (maybe Batou, or maybe some urge she just hasn't fulfilled yet in life. I haven't pinpointed it.)
-Must buy for a fan of any degree
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Ghost in the Shell was always interesting as it strikes a balance between action, investigation and philosophy, and Solid State Society continues in that same fashion.
Sound and animation are quite good, though as another reviewer also mentioned, the 3D animations isn't always that convincing. The attention to design detail is greater than in the S.A.C. TV series and the inclusion of real concept cars is a nice touch. The music is once again by the talented Yoko Kanno and fits the mood and atmosphere of the anime perfectly.
The first disc features japanese and english sound tracks with optional english subtitles. The second extras disc contains "Uchikomatic Days", a few interviews and production documentaries. The one about the making of a working Tachikoma robot model is a neat extra and worth watching.
I was personally a little disappointed by the story, which would have been better off as two or three episodes of a new season. I thought the cicumstances in which Kusanagi left Section 9 to be a little forced. And in the end the status quo is restored, making a follow up a little too easy. The film does rely heavily on what happended before. Watch the two Stand Alone Complex series before watching this.
If you liked the series, you will also like Solid State Society.
The film is based around a secret group known as Section 9 made up of 8 main members either human or partly/fully cyberised who deal with special operations of all different types. Don't want spoil it so won't say anything else except it definately worth a try whether like anime or looking for something different. Since buying this and the first film i have also purchased 'Ghost in the shell 1st GIG', 'Ghost in the Shell 2nd GIG' and 'Ghost in the shell - INNOCENCE' all of which i would definately recommend, Enjoy
The plot continues the story of Section 9, two yeas after Motoko Kusanagi (aka The Major) left. A series of child abductions becomes high profile case when a daughter of a politician disappears and Section 9 is brought in to investigate....