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Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell

Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell

Alternative Titles

English: The Ghost in the Shell
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 THE GHOST IN THE SHELL

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 11
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 1989 to Sep 1991
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)
Serialization: None

Statistics

Score: 8.261 (scored by 4415 users)
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Ranked: #3812
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Popularity: #527
Members: 10,272
Favorites: 639
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MangaShirow, Masamune (Story & Art)
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Synopsis

In a near future, technology has firmly taken root into society at large. Cybernetic implants are nothing uncommon and robots roam as plentiful as humans, all connected through their ''ghosts'' to the electronic datastreams of the net. Major Motoko Kusanagi and the Public Security Section 9 find themselves in a constant battle with the newly created wave of technological terrorists and cyber-hackers. But things take a turn once Motoko gets involved in a certain case involving an extremely dangerous ''ghost''hacker nicknamed the Puppeteer, as she dives deeper and deeper into the limitless reality of the net, to reach her own startling conclusions.

(Source: ANN)

Background

Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell was published in English by Dark Horse, initially into eight comic issues from March 1 to October 1, 1995 and later into a single volume on December 1. An uncensored version was published on October 6, 2004. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license and republished the censored version on October 13, 2009.

The series was published in Japan as a bilingual edition (English and Japanese) by Kodansha on September 6, 2002.

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More reviewsReviews

MotokoAramaki
Sep 17, 2008
I bought GitS over this last summer. I had already been such a huge fan of the movies and the series, I was eager to see where it all began. I had never read through a Shirow manga, with the exception of bits of Appleseed. When I got home, it was damn near 3 in the morning, and I still ended up getting to sleep at like 5.

Why?

Because this book is frickin amazing. I'm shocked at how few people have actually picked it up, given the near fanaticism the show inspired. One of the main reasons this might have happened is because there are some read more
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Spookt
Dec 29, 2009
“… but now it’s time to cast off all restrictions and shells, and shift to a higher-level system…”

Ghost in the Shell is a work constantly asking what comes next. Whether it’s the next potential move of a cyber-terrorist, the next iteration of technology and weaponry, or the next step in the evolution of mankind. We know where we are right now, and we think we might know where we could go, but… what comes next?

It is the year 2029 in Newport City, Japan. Section 9, a branch of Public Security, has recently been founded as a unit specialized in counter-terrorism and anti-cybercrime. When necessary, they read more
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jordanhig92
Jan 5, 2015
As a big fan of Ghost In The Shell Movies and TV shows I thought at some point I would see what the original source material of one of the greatest Sci-fi anime's ever.

Before reading Ghost In The Shell I was at the time not really a manga reader so I went into it with a open mind and after reading this manga I was more sold on reading Manga and also made me love Ghost In The Shell more than I already did.

The story had already familiar aspects from the films and shows as well as other stories that I found very enjoyable and read more
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Valkyrie-Ryu
Aug 11, 2011
Warning - contains some nudity and sexual content. Also, cover looks a bit sexual from far away (because of the skin-tight outfit).
FYI - despite this being only 1 volume long, it is veerryy long (especially because there is a lot of text) and takes a few hours to read

Overall (10/10) - If you're an avid Ghost in the Shell fan looking for more, this is a must read to see where it all began since this is the manga that inspired the movies and anime. Even though the art style looks dated and a lot of the content is the same as from the movies read more
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