August 01, 2004

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 1

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

"Section 9"

It was only a matter of time before the Ghost in the Shell universe was tapped again, and with the Stand Alone Complex TV show and the new movie, that time is now!

When I first heard about this show, I was curious as to how they could reconcile the matureness of the movie with the realities of a television show. Watching the first episode of Stand Alone Complex, it's obvious that it wasn't entirely possible. Luckily, most of these changes are inconsequencial. The lack of big bloody explosions doesn't really take away from the show, nor does the fact that Motoko no longer needs to strip down to use her thermoptic camo (oh, and that means the guys can use it now, too).

The visuals are a step down from a movie, which is no surprise, but are still quite good (there's a small amount of CG filler that looks less convincing, but passable). On the other hand, I'd say that the music received an upgrade with Yoko Kanno creating the score for the show.

From what I can tell, the show focuses more on the action side of Ghost in the Shell, which some people would say is missing the soul of the movie. (But where does a movie's soul begin and end...)

This is an introductory episode, so while it has some good action, a good amount of time is spent on, well, introductions. As a package, this show does look good though. If it has a real downside, it's probably that it will alienate half of Ghost in the Shell fans who are looking for more cerebral dialogue and questions. For that half, I guess you'll just have to wait for the movie.

Rating: A-

Posted by Kei at August 1, 2004 12:03 PM
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