18 June 2009

A free taste of my favorite cyborg

iTunes has a free featurette about Ghost in the Shell up this week. Creators and cast from the English-speaking version discuss the graphic novel, movies, and television series.

As I've written before, I LOVE the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's beautifully drawn, very smart, and has plenty of action.

The movies Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence are also exquisitely drawn, but they're slower paced and the English voice actress playing Motoko is different and not as good in my opinion. Those two movies exist discretely from the TV series, i.e., the stories do not overlap or even exist in the same timeline as the television show. It's more like they occur in a parallel universe.

The movie Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society, however, picks up and continues the storyline from the TV series. So watch it once you're through both seasons of the show.

Or just start with the featurette on iTunes. [adult swim] also has a couple episodes online. I recommend "Cash Eye" since it's pretty much a stand-alone episode. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex also airs on [adult swim], AKA the Cartoon Network, Sunday mornings at 3:30 AM. (Looks like they're well into season two though, and I recommend starting from the beginning if you can. Your library might very well have it on DVD.)

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