Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005) [review]

This is not the kind of series you simple sit back and watch, the beauty of the animation, the multiple layered look at politics, philosophy, mystery & crime is something to be marvelled at. This does not simply tell you right from wrong, but pushes and pulls you in every direction, makes you consider what is on offer. There are times when you will agree with one character, disagree with them on another matter and then find there are many different people you will agree and disagree with. You do not presume that just because they are reacting a certain way that it is the correct way or their morality is the correct one.

The cases which Section 9 works on are those which you find yourself thinking about, wondering if people involved on either side are morally correct. This series presumes the audience is intelligent and can figure out what is going on, where we stand on situations. In doing so, it allows us to contemplate who we are, why we believe what we do.

The is a series in which the episode are approximately twenty five minutes long and they tell the stories nicely, stand alone stories, while we see story arks which unravel over the course of the series.  Over the two series this seems to gain its confidence the further the series continues, becoming more interesting and maybe even more daring in its questions which are asked of the characters and audience.

The crimes which are committed by certain people are not black and white and it’s not always one size fits all when it comes to their reasons for committing these crimes or those who find themselves dealing these so called criminal and therefore you may find yourself wondering which side you fall.

All the while, the technology is an element which we consider, a matter of how it is used and where it places people in how they interact with it. A.I. being a subject of how life forms are treated in whether or not they are more than their physical parts, these machines are not merely there for the benefit of humans but for their own existence and experiences… we consider what point they become self aware. There are many different subjects which this series, the films and Manga raise that only the viewer can answer for themselves.

This will remind you that there is more to life, things that you may have forgotten, not considered and there is more than one way to look at and live life.

 

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