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: 7.981 (scored by 1285212,852 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7712
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #425
Members: 38,652
Favorites: 1,366


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The Ghost in the Shell
Volume 1


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
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 ...
Dec 11, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I must say that my first interaction with the universe of GitS was the 1995 film. So when I first started reading this I was put off by how much of a different character the major was. The whole book is much more light-hearted than the film.

For the most part it is more of an episodic work. We start in-media-res and the feeling of that only really goes away at the end as we go through snippets of life in section 9 and in this sci-fi future. You don't really get to understand all the context, and there's some small (author or translator's?) notes explaining ...
Sep 14, 2022
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 drawn ...

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