Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell
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Koukaku Kidoutai: The Ghost in the Shell

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Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 THE GHOST IN THE SHELL
English: The Ghost in the Shell
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 11
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 1989 to Sep 1991
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Detective Detective, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)


Score: 8.021 (scored by 1145111,451 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6542
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #419
Members: 33,216
Favorites: 1,232

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The Ghost in the Shell
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The year is 2029. The world has endured four world wars and ushered in a new age of technological advancement that has largely transformed society as humanity knows it. Cybernetic enhancements, robotic AIs, and cyborgs have now become the norm in a world where humans are more machine than man. However, with this modern change, crime started evolving as well: hackers, corrupt officials, and other opportunists have found ways to sneak into innovative systems for their own personal agendas.

In Japan, where such crimes run rampant, the government establishes Section 9—a clandestine team of highly trained operatives—to counter these threats. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a woman of impenetrable caliber and bravado, leads Section 9 on its mission to tackle cyberterrorism and ensure that the nation's stability does not falter in the pace of the rapidly progressing future.

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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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Sep 17, 2008
xMatronxMalicex (All reviews)
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.


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
Dec 29, 2009
Spookt (All reviews)
“… 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
Oct 30, 2021
L00bacha (All reviews)
Damn, I feel like I've read something else than people. This title is overrated af, it's basically the first GITS, this legendary BEST cyberpunk manga ever. No, it's not. It's just a 300 page compilation of 11 chapters with story like "oh, there's a new bad guy and we have to beat him cuz he bad!!". The very first pages of this manga really got me, it started from a nice action scene, but... at first sight I couldn't even tell what's going on in the panels. Art in GITS is just... bad. It's not a "masterpiece art whatever" like everyone says. It's awfuly drawed read more
Jan 5, 2015
jordanhig92 (All reviews)
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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