Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

by Masamune Shirow

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ISBN-13: 9781935429012
Publisher: Kodansha International
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Ghost in the Shell Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 383,931
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great comic either way but wish they had the uncensored
Lucas-R-Paris More than 1 year ago
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.
Kisners42 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Like many folks (I expect) I read Ghost in the Shell long after I saw the movie. And I've got to say different as night and dusk.The characters in the movie are recognizable as those in the book, as is the general story. But their personalities and attitudes are often significantly different.And there are other differences as well. For instance the book has much more actual humor in it. And powered suits/robots with intelligences of their own.But I'd say the largest difference I can remember is that the book goes into great depth regarding specific details of the technology involved, as well as metaphysical and spiritual underpinnings of the setting which were given little (if any) coverage in the movie. In some ways I found the metaphysics of the Ghost in the Shell manga almost closer to the Neon Genesis series than the Ghost in the Shell movie.I wouldn't say this book is anything totally mind-blowing to those well read in the fantasy and sci-fi genres (or other esoteric subject areas), but it is certainly well done, and I found it kept my attention throughout.- Peter K.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Interesting tale of people and machines and the relationship of humans with cyborgs.
slothman on LibraryThing 23 days ago
In 2029, Major Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg operative (whose few remaining organic parts fit in a suitcase) working for Section 9, a Japanese anti-terror unit, who has to deal with high-tech threats ranging from brain piracy to emergent intelligence. Shirow has done a lot of work preparing the background for the world, which shows up in everything from footnotes crammed between panels to the author¿s notes in the back. Like his work on Appleseed, there are some interesting reflections on humanity. The stories have plenty of action, not much character development or large-scale plot arcs.
jonathx More than 1 year ago
An excellent work of science fiction, beautifully executed in manga style. The piece manages to delve into deep philosophical topics while never losing focus on its likeable and complex characters or its plot full of intrigue, action, and humor. As an avid reader of science fiction and an expert in a highly technical field (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering), I must also commend on this work's use of technobabble: unlike most sci-fi writers, who use it as a crutch to hand-wave away deus ex machinae as justified by science, Shirow uses it in a dense, fluent, almost poetic style. Every technical term or acronym has a clearly defined technical meaning in-universe that is either easy enough to deduce from context or explained in footnotes, and, like real technical experts, the characters use them to discuss complex topics clearly and concisely, not just "for the heck of it" or "because it sounds more science-y." They use layman's terms when explaining to laymen, but when the clock is ticking they can explain the whole situation to their comrades in shorthand, and they can rely on their in-universe audience to know exactly what they mean.
Trey3rd More than 1 year ago
I just want to use this to ask a question. Is this the unedited edition?
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Masamune Shirow is one of the gods of modern Manga - his other miniseries, including Orion, Appleseed, and others, have become well-respected parts of the continuously burgeoning library of Manga available in the United States. Ghost in the Shell, made famous by the classic anime which adapts its story, is definitely an excellent gallery of Shirow's superb artistic style, showing his versatility with both black and white and color art. Indeed, the gallery of covers provided at the back of the book is eye-popping. The unfortunate thing about this graphic novel is its story. The synopsis of the story provided on the back of the compilation promises a tale attempting to examine the nature of humanity, the soul, and the complications that ensue when human identities are transferred to cybernetic bodies. However, while oblique elements of this come through, the story is most clearly a series of espionage/murder mystery yarns, and is therefore somewhat misleading. All-in-all, interesting and a good read, but it is not quite what it's cracked up to be.