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Posted October 2, 2009
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Cyborg souls and other "sparks" of life.
Shirow Masamune's stellar work, Ghost in the Shell, is an exceptional manga that mixes high-tech sci-fi concepts with espionage thriller topics and then splashes it with philosophy.
Motoko "The Major" Kusanagi is the storyline's main protangonist and a female cyborg so excessively altered that only a percentage of her original brain remains; aided by close and fellow agent Bato, Kusanagi delves into the fast paced, computer driven underworld.
Action is high impact and brutally jarring, so have fun; technical jargon and other hokum typical to the sci-fi genre are portrayed here gracefully, with a unique Masamune twist.
The often eluded to subtext in this brilliant piece of work is the vadity of life when one isn't even human anymore and whether technology is so advanced that it has obtained, to a measure all it's own, life as well; Shirow weaves his explanation and answer to these speculative elements subtley into his story, making it an envolved but entertaining read.
Masamune Shirow's artwork is solid and enjoyable, it always is.
Deffinitely a worthy title, one of the best manga ever produced.
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