|Submitted by M. B. Barlow |
(Nov 06, 2005)
I read that the first Ghost in the Shell was the second best Japanese anime ever, just behind Akira. And I liked Akira, but I didnít like Ghost in the Shell. Iíd wanted to watch it for such a long time that when I finally bought the DVD I was utterly disappointed. It had a woman with big knockers, which is totally fine with me, but it was just pointless and boring. There was no real story: it just plodded along with some things happening with very little connection until the end, which made no sense and left me deflated. And ditto with the second one.
Telling a sci-fi tale in Japan far surpasses any where else in my opinion because Hollywood just doesnít get it. The closest to real SF on screen is Stargate, but even that is becoming very Star Trek-like, the view of anything sci-fi in America. But the Japanese know how to do it and they do it so very well, as my pile of manga DVDís shows.
The problem with Ghost in the Shells 2 is that it's boring. Boring because, mostly, nothing happens that makes sense. It confused me almost from the start until about half way through when Iíd lost it completely. There is no plot; at least nothing that resembles one, and I was never really sure what is going on, who those people are or why they are here. A sign of bad writing, which is normally so high in manga film.
One saving grace is that it is very pretty. It looks beautiful, with a mix of CGI and traditional animation that works very well, although a little out of place at times. And it is entertaining, even if it makes no sense. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, I suppose, but I left the cinema feeling much the same way as when the DVD stopped. Deflated and confused.
And I havenít watched the TV series I have on DVD yet, and I probably never will. If you want to watch some real anime told well I bring forward Bubblegum Crisis as possibly the most well-written and entertaining manga out there, as well as the spin-off, A.D.Police. Oh, and Akira too; the most famous and the best. But donít bother watching Ghost in the Cell 2, because it is kinda rubbish.