Even if you say “My son, my son, what have you done?” in Japanese, it sounds kind of deep and heavy with subtle hints at a sub textual meaning. Maybe that’s one of the many reasons why Anime and Manga enjoy such a huge popularity away from their home. Ghost in the Shell, even if it wasn’t in Japanese, is one helluva ride.
Better known as the creative inspiration behind The Matrix, the movie appeals on both a surreal and superficial level. The visuals though animated, are astonishing with its amazing attention to detail. The background score is haunting and lifts the tone of the movie to a few notches above.
Set in the year 2029, where all humans are connected to a network. A mysterious hacker ‘The Puppet Master’ hacks into the network and the minds of people connected to the network as well. District 9 is an organization consisting of cyborgs, which sets Kusanagi and Batou on the criminal declared, Puppet Master’s trail.
Thermo-optic camouflages, stylized slow motion set pieces, kick-ass guns and some amazing voice talent is what you can expect in abundance from Mamoru Oshi’s Ghost in the Shell.
The similarities to the Matrix are rampant, present in almost every frame. You can find characters who spawned Morpheus(even the cool glasses), Trinity and Neo. There is an action sequence which vaguely resembles the lobby shootout from Matrix. Though Anime, Ghost in the shell is definitely much deeper and mesmerizing than its real time spin off. Definitely worth a second watch.