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 332596332,596 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2992
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #337
Members: 639,043
Favorites: 13,049

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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


Jul 6, 2008
I just want to start off by saying that "Ghost In The Shell" loves to asks it's audience questions. What is it that makes us human? Is it the soul (refered to as 'ghosts' in this film)? Or is it flesh and bone? What happens when your memories can be erased and replaced like music on your iPod? If your body is entirely mechanical, can you still call yourself human? If your consciousness is active, yet your body is nowhere to be found, do you still exist?

Okay, I'm giving myself a headache. Let's get to the review.

Cyborg cops battle an anonymous super-hacker who takes control ...
Apr 13, 2014
Mixed Feelings
“If you don’t know where you’re from, then you don’t know where you are, and you don’t know where you’re going.” It’s a clichéd if truthful saying, especially for this film. Well, sort of. This film knows where it’s going, but it doesn’t know how to get there, it doesn’t know where it is, and it doesn’t know where it’s from. This film is a voice pining to speak, but it studders at every word.

So where does this leave Ghost in the Shell? Read on to find out.

In the year 2029, cybernetic technology has strengthened the human body and connected the human mind. Barriers have ...
Aug 14, 2012
This movie is great, if you want to watch fucking nothing happen for over an hour. I kept thinking, "when does the action start?", but it never did. The plot is a trainwreck; trying to connect a series of non sequiturs does not make for something interesting. The art was -OK- for a film from the 90s but I personally did not like the style. Music plays an important role in setting the mood for any presentation but you do not get that with this movie. Instead, you get a bunch of wailing that you're expected to enjoy. Other than that, sound effects were nothing ...

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