Koukaku Kidoutai

Ghost in the Shell

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Synonyms: Ghost in the Shell
Japanese: GHOST IN THE SHELL(攻殻機動隊)
English: Ghost in the Shell
German: Ghost in the Shell
Spanish: Ghost in the Shell
French: Ghost in the Shell
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 18, 1995
Producers: Bandai Visual, Kodansha
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, DetectiveDetective, MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.271 (scored by 334790334,790 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2982
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #336
Members: 643,692
Favorites: 13,140

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In the year 2029, Niihama City has become a technologically advanced metropolis. Due to great improvements in cybernetics, its citizens are able to replace their limbs with robotic parts. The world is now more interconnected than ever before, and the city's Public Security Section 9 is responsible for combating corruption, terrorism, and other dangerous threats following this shift toward globalization.

The strong-willed Major Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9 spearheads a case involving a mysterious hacker known only as the "Puppet Master," who leaves a trail of victims stripped of their memories. Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master's body is almost entirely robotic, giving them incredible power.

As Motoko and her subordinates follow the enigmatic criminal's trail, other parties—including Section 6—start to get involved, forcing her to confront the extremely complicated nature of the case. Pondering about various philosophical questions, such as her own life's meaning, Motoko soon realizes that the one who will provide these answers is none other than the Puppet Master themself.

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Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell was the first film to adapt Masamune Shirow's manga of the same name. It heavily condenses the original storyline, reducing the original material's comic relief and sexual content in favor of a more serious tone and changing the setting from Japan to a city modelled after Hong Kong. The artwork within the animated film was produced using an innovative mix of cel animation and digital effects.

Ghost in the Shell is one of the world's most famous Japanese animated films, being the first to reach #1 on Billboard magazine's video best-seller list, and also served as a major inspiration for the Wachowskis in their creation of the Matrix movies. A special edition titled Ghost in the Shell: 2.0 was released in 2008, which features scenes reanimated with additional CGI to match the style of the 2004's sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence.

Characters & Voice Actors


Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Making of a Cyborg" Kenji Kawai

Ending Theme

Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai


Jun 27, 2024
Ghost in the Shell" is a visual and musical masterpiece that offers an unforgettable aesthetic experience. I was truly impressed by the high quality of the animation and the intricate details of the futuristic world it presents. The visual design is exceptional, with every scene crafted with remarkable attention to detail that completely immerses you in this cyberpunk universe.The soundtrack, composed by Kenji Kawai, is hypnotic and perfectly complements the atmosphere, adding an emotional depth that captivated me from beginning to end.

However, I have to admit that I found the story quite difficult to follow and understand on first viewing. The philosophical themes of identity ...
Jul 8, 2024
Mixed Feelings
absolutly stunning animation,sound,music, and cinemotography with very little actual interesting plot which stand alone complex fix but some people dont even know stand alone complex exist and when they are relying on this movie alone they will not understand much about the world of ghost in the shell just from watching this movie. in other words. its an eye candy. but not much more

the movie do not dig enough to the world that the characters live in. which is fine. in a show dont tell kinda way. but then again. its based on a manga and maybe back then they thought they dont need more ...
Aug 26, 2023
In the year 1920, a Czech writer named Karel Čapek released a sci-fi play called R.U.R. (short for "Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti"). As you can tell from the title, this play introduced the world to the word robot. The play is about a robot uprising causing the extinction of the human race. The last act of the play tries to answer a simple question. Can a machine become human? The play was met with negative reception from critics, although that probably had more to do with the author's political leanings than the work itself. Either way, the play turned out to be a massive hit and ...

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