Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine
has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement
of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human
tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent
Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest
and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including
"ghost hackers," capable of exploiting the human/machine
interface by reprogramming human minds to become puppets to
carry out their criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks
the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her
quest leads her into a world beyond imagination and technology
where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul
are turned upside-down and inside-out...
Shirow Masamune, the award-winning creator of Appleseed
and Dominion, comes Ghost in the Shell, the
breakthrough manga that inspired the internationally acclaimed
animated film, and now restored in this new edition to its
original collected format - and more adult treatment - as
published in Japan.
in the Shell is an epic dystopian take on politics, technology,
and metaphysics, which, in it's closing pages takes an interesting
slant on the teachings of the Buddist faith.
is not only a fantastic illustrator, but his sense of humour
is something that has to be read to be appreciated. He constantly
challenges his reasoning (by the way of text between the panels)
as well as explaining why things don't really add up. There
is even a page where he explains that there was going to be
a great sequence, only he couldn't be bothered to draw it.
collection is reprinted in black and white, with the occasional
spattering of colour pages thrown in for good measure. Oh,
and the parental advisory label is there for a good reason
as there is a very sexual, three way lesbian love scene that
will be a little too graphic for some.
collection is certainly worth getting hold of if you are a
manga fan. And if you are not... well, this could be the book
that converts you. Beautiful, intelligent and original.
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