Mar 7, 2022
While SAC the manga doesn't recount the anime well, it holds up as an introductory route for people curious about the franchise. Each volume contains an arc which makes reading easy to digest for people new to the material and who don't want to watch an anime series. There is a light novel also available and I would instead point those interested in that direction instead but if you want to read the manga it's worth having, (I doubt there's any dissimilarities).
SAC tends to write itself out of woes or come to a conclusion in which Section 9 can't lose, which removes all risk
of the operation. For instance, in the first volume a criminal's plane is delayed for weather issues and it's told after the fact at the end of the volume that it was Section 9's doing. The issue is, once Section 9 has a modicum of evidence, even the most miniscule, they can cut corners for an arrest in any way shape or form. This isn't how policing works, it's instead shoddy detective-work with zero case for justification. When in reality, people are usually arrested on prior assaults to encage them for the time being until they're pinned for the intended arrest. In this volume, the criminal had zero motive and it only opened a can of worms for the true villain. (It felt like a placeholder volume.) Unless of course in 2030 every military OP is simply believed at face value to justify a takeover of moral and societal recreation, SAC and Section 9 itself feels unjustifiably unhinged and abusive of how much power they hold over the system. Too long; I didn't read: it's not very believable.
If you're a GITS fan I would recommend buying this series for your shelf and also trying the light novel thereafter. 7.2/10
Reviewer’s Rating: 7
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