Guns in Ghost in the Shell

7 Things you didn’t know about the anime movie, Ghost in the Shell.

OK, I am one of the 15 people world wide who actually liked the Scarlett Johansson live action version, but the anime movie is still the best. And part of the reason is the attention to detail, when it comes to firearms. (Quite a feat for a production done in Japan, where private firearms are illegal.)

The video below is queued up to the portion that talks about shooting. (But feel free to watch the whole thing.) And it is followed by a bit on the original Matrix that is almost an exact reenactment of the scene from GitS. You probably don’t care about the other 5 things.

If you haven’t seen the live action version, you might be interested in the opening jump scene. It is a riff off the original anime jump scene and the Geisha cafe scene from the 1st episode of the TV show (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, which was produced after the movie, but was sort of a prequel.) It’s a kick-ass action scene, and I love it.

Ghost in the Shell – 2017 edition

So I finally so the New Ghost in the Shell movie. I liked it. (My thoughts on it after the trailer.)

Critics panned it, though I have a hard time believing that many of them saw and liked the original as much as they are saying. In 1995 Anime was not a subject taken seriously by the critics or by Hollywood. The new movie has gotten a generally positive review from the folks who’ve seen it. (At least as reflected in places like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.)

It managed to pull some of the best bits from the original movie, and some of the cool parts of the animated series, Stand Alone Complex, without being slavishly tied to either.

I wish there was more time devoted to some of the secondary characters, but by US standards of today, it is a relatively short movie. It runs 107 minutes, a bit more than an hour and a half. Superman Returns – from several years ago (chosen not quite at random) ran 154 minutes. An extra 47 minutes is not insubstantial, though I thought Superman Returns was way too long.)

They did show Togusa with his Mateba Model 6 Unica autorevolver. (Click the image to enlarge) It is an interesting weapon. And though you only see it in one scene, it is there if you know to look. As is Saito with his cyber-enhanced sniper’s eye. Batou is there in form including the eyes. And Arimaki comes across as someone not to mess with. (I imagine a lot of the critics were bothered by the fact that Arimaki only spoke in Japanese. Suitable subtitles provided. But Americans hate foreign languages.)

There were some interesting bits. I won’t give any spoilers, but from the trailer you can see that the world they inhabit looks more like that conjured up for Blade Runner by Ridley Scott than what was in the original anime. Though there are some bits lifted straight from the original, including they use the original theme song at the closing credits, which was a nice salute to what Mamoru Oshii did with the original manga by Masamune Shirow.

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Ghost in the Shell

Live action Ghost in the Shell is coming out in 2017. I can’t decide if this looks good or not. I’ll probably see it anyway, as I love GitS.

It is staring Scarlett Johansson, mostly because Disney won’t green light a Black Widow movie. (Because Disney sucks on the topic of female superheroes.)

The 1995 anime was ground-breaking, in a lot of ways, not the least of which was the play it got in the US.

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Ghost in the Shell

The first teasers are available for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live action movie.

This one recreates a part of the opening of the Original 1995 Anime.

If you want an introduction, the easiest place to start is probably Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. (The animated series. It was produced as a prequel to the movies.)

Lithium Flower

So I’ve been indulging in a little anime, and of course that usually leads to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

And that gives us this week’s Musical Interlude – “Lithium Flower” written by Tim Jensen and performed by Scott Matthew. This is the song which played as the credits roll at the end of season 1 episodes. (Well almost at the end of the episodes.)

Anyway there seems to be some issues with YouTube and licensing, so this link will bring up SoundCloud.

Finally a Live-action Version of ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Given that Marvel is not green-lighting a Black Widow movie, this isn’t bad. Even if not everyone is happy with the casting. ‘Ghost in the Shell’: Scarlett Johansson casting called ‘whitewashing’ | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times.

Ghost in the Shell is a piece of classic (at this point) anime. It was released in 1995, and aside for the dates (it was set in the 2030s?) it is very watchable.

It spawned one sequel, and an animated series that lasted at least 2 seasons.

I won’t try to explain GitS, that is done better elsewhere.

Unfortunately it is being produced by Avi Arad. He has had much to do with the string of Marvel movies, so I predict that the new Ghost in the Shell, will have little to do with the original material, be completely predictable, and not come close to the original movie.

I hope I’m wrong, because this could be a really good movie. It will probably be very forgettable.

One of the attractions of Anime, has been its attention to detail regarding the weapons. The movies are filled with fairly realistic weapons, even if they are “future versions” of stuff we know and love today. Ghost in the Shell – Internet Movie Firearms Database – Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games. The movie includes things like Steyr TMPs, Jericho 941s, CZ 100s, etc. GLOCK showed up in the animated series.