Ghost in the Shell 2

September 21, 2004

Gits2Went to see Ghost in the Shell 2 last night with Chris, Aki and another guy I knew from my last job, and a couple people I didn’t know. The fellow I didn’t know didn’t notice me as we walked in together, so when I sat down next to him in the darkness of the theater, leaned over with my hand extended, and said, “Hi, I’m Jon,” he thought I was some kind of freak. (And maybe he’s right.)

The movie was — wow. It got a little hard to follow (in part because I’ve never seen the first movie) but I’m OK with that. The imagery was amazing — lush and dark. The music felt like traditional Japanese stuff but with a creepy touch. And I dig the philosophical questions. The movie felt like Blade Runner (“what is human?”) combined with The Matrix (“what is reality?”). As I said afterwards, this out-matrixed Matrix 2 and 3.

More than one person did not dig the philosophy and said that it felt out of place. But I said, “This is better than a stuffy classroom — here you get to blow sh*t up!”

The movie tracks a couple of police investigators working on some murders. I told Kay she wouldn’t like it because the “whodunnit” resolution would feel like a total letdown to her. I found the resolution disappointing, but not out of place with the rest of the movie as it raises philosophical questions.

This one’s a must-see if you like dark anime.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Ghost in the Shell 2

  1. Hi Jon, discovered your site from Hamo’s. I work with Hamo at Forge in Australia. I was fascinated that someone else would be into something like Ghost in the Shell. I own the original on DVD as I am a scifi/anime fan. I don’t meet too many of those in the emergent world. You really need to see the first one. Also, if you get a chance, check out Akira, it is one of the pivotal anime movies, one that popularised the genre! Grace in your travels.