Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

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Ever since the Wachowskis repackaged the themes and imagery of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk staple Ghost in the Shell for western audiences in 1999, the notion of living in a virtual world has become something of a fascination among creatives, consumers and conspiracy theorists. The most frightening aspect of The Matrix was in how perfectly the […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell plays up to hyper-connection and disconnection felt from our own world, being so drenched in the constant techno-stream. Through the lens, everyone else seems to belong somewhere. The memories ourselves and others present to emulate that same belonging could just as well be fantasy, or mere glitches in our […]

The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

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Nineties nostalgia sees the collective consciousness turn to simpler times; the pre-digital age that was a cornerstone in speculative fiction. It was the decade that gave rise to the cyberpunk subgenre and its pluckier, more optimistic cousin – the Y2K aesthetic. Here, distant futures were exactly that, and the world we’ve evolved into is a […]

News: Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell producer addresses casting controversy

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Steven Paul, the producer of Paramount and DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, has spoken in response to the controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. Despite the understandable frustration over many aspects of the original Japanese character being erased, with Johansson’s character known only as “the Major”, Paul defends the decision, saying in an […]

News: TV spot for Pandora of the Crimson Shell features OP theme ‘hopeness’

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Kadokawa is now streaming a new short commercial for the anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell’s Masumune Shirow and Excel Saga’s Koushi Rikudou’s manga Pandora of the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn. In the ad you can hear the show’s opening theme, ‘hopeness’, performed by ZAQ. The series premieres in Japan on Friday, and both […]

News: Pandora of the Crimson Shell anime’s first ad now airing

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The manga Pandora of the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn by, who else, Masumune Shirow with art by Koushi Rikudou, is being adapted as a TV anime which has a new commercial now airing. Directed by Munenori Nawa of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu at Studio Gokumi, Tatsuya Takahashi of THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! […]