Ghost in the Shell : Episode 15

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Ghost in the Shell

What: In 2029 a special cybernetically-enhanced police force goes after a brain hacker.
Directed by: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Tamio Ôki, Akio Ôtsuka

Recommended and Related Media

Ghost in the Shell (Original Manga)
The source material is much longer and sexier. The “Puppermaster” storyline from the movie was but one piece of the manga.
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Ghost in the Shell – All the Other Movies and TV Shows
Since the original came out in 1995, there’s a whole huge giant pile of more stuff, and it’s all really good!
Start with Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex iTunes | Amazon

The Matrix
You know this movie. Takes a lot stylistically form GitS.
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Show Notes


We watched a lot of it in highschool. How this film transcends the norm. Timeline of anime and the cyberpunk aesthetic.


The influences that went into this movie. The huge influence this movie had on everything after.


For once we have to lay out the plot of the movie in detail, because it’s kind of complicated!

The Opening Scene

Awesome. Exploding heads. Japanese pornography laws. Encryption as armament.


The spectrum on jacked-in-ness in the movie. Taxonomy of androids, cyborgs, and robots.

The Soul/Ghost

Mind-body dualism. The treatment of consciousness in the film.

Evolution in Binary

Emergent AI. What is life? Evolution of digital life forms.


And where shall I go now?
The net is vast and limitless.

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