The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition 1.5 by Masamune Shirow

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35 thoughts on “The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition 1.5 by Masamune Shirow

    1. Thanks Shalini! Truly appreciate the kind words! ❤ And yes, like Michel has mentioned, manga are pretty much the Japanese version of comic books. It's also different in the sense that most of them are read from right to left, and they are usually black and white too. There are other differences, but that covers some of the more flagrant differences hahah 😀

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  1. Well, as you know I am a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, but I really have my doubts if I will ever buy these. The art looks truly amazing, and I love the way these editions look, but the stories just don’t sound too good (or sometimes to complex) And seeing that my alltime favorite anime character is pretty much absent in this volume isn’t making things any better lol 😂 But as always, this was an amazingly good review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 😊

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    1. Yep, I know how much you love Major, but man.. I wish I could tell you a different story, but these manga aren’t going to impress you as much the anime adaptations. You’ll see things that will amaze you here and there, especially in terms of ideas, but I don’t think any hardcore fan of the anime movie/series will be able to put this at the same level. And to be honest, I have greatly lowered my expectations for the final volume. I’m only truly looking forward to finally checking out the movie/series once I’m done with volume 2 hahah 😀 Thanks for reading, good sir!

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      1. Well, one thing I’m pretty much sure of is that you are going to love those. Especially the series, as they truly rank amongst my favorite alltime anime series 😊 Yeah, I don’t think I will pick up these mangas, unless maybe I can find them somewhere that maybe has a good deal for them. We’ll see. Hope you will enjoy the movies/series as much as I did 😊

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    1. Definitely. I wouldn’t have if there was over 500 episodes like some of the other series out there (One Piece, for example), but by having read all three volumes, my inner completionist takes over and wants to see everything related to Ghost in the Shell hahah Really would’ve wished the manga was… much more impressive.

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      1. Well, the Standalone complex series are a lot of fun. Quite a different tone from the anime movie. I haven’t watched any of the other movies so I dont know if they follow in the movie’s footsteps or the series.

        But GitS: Arise was an awesome ova…

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    1. Thank you! It’s a bit unfortunate that these leftover stories didn’t give us more of what everyone loved instead of more of what the series was missing (focus on the side characters). Also sad that the author mentions that the franchise was never meant to have an “ending” and that he gave it an episodic feel so that anyone else could pick up where he left off.

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    1. Thanks, Paul. There’s a lot of great ones out there well-worth checking out (you just have to pick wisely, or pick according to your own taste and sense of humour). They’re even faster to read compared to any other medium too, faster to read than comic books too!

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  2. There may have been some misses for you in this one but with a quote like “even the best warriors sometimes have to take orders from idiots”, you know there are going to be some redeeming qualities too. That’s my take away from the blogosphere today. Lol.

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  3. I feel like you said something about the lack of coherence in the “Ghost in the Shell” manga before… So sad. I had forgotten and saw the name and got excited, then I saw 3 stars and thought… Huh. But, it definitely sounds like it could have used some work. 🤔🍻

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    1. Yep! I did mention that; it was a pretty big surprise since there was so much for the franchise, but I’m starting to realize that most of that praise was for the anime adaptation. I think the manga is a nice thing to look into as a fan of the series, but otherwise, it wouldn’t be the first place I’d direct anyone who wants to discover what Ghost in the Shell even is about. 😀

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  4. What you’ve pointed out here, that this is a collection of random vignettes and short stories which were never intended to be collected together, is a pain point of mine in literature. Lots of amazing mangaka and authors write short stories to help them flesh out their characters and their histories and give their entire cast depth. But that doesn’t mean the whole world needs to read them! In particular, all the Posthumus publications of Tolkien’s work comes to mind. Yes, there is a lot of work unpublished. But that doesn’t mean we need to smash it all together and publish it.
    Also, one of the major reasons I respect Terry Pratchett and the lawyer who actually followed through with Pratchett’s will: Smash the hard drive and all backups so his work won’t continue to be published.

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    1. And here I thought no one cared about that whole thing hahahah I’m glad you bring it up and make such a solid statement about it. The author does mention at the end that he’s happy and shows gratitude too the publishers for having these stories published in the end. But it’s sooo clear that these were really meant to flesh out and help him out in creating his stories.

      Hahaha Pratchett sure did know what he wanted! I wasn’t familiar with that story though. Pretty amazing. 😮

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  5. Hm, the more I read about the original Manga – especially through your reviews, as someone whose opinion I greatly respect and often mirror – the less I want to take the time to read it. The fact that the Major is fairly absent and the treatment of Batou not what I’d expect further diminishes any sort of appeal.

    I can’t wait for you to check out the anime, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. I do highly recommend the Stand Alone Complex series (which I’m rewatching at the moment) as well as it’s a lot more character focused and is just damn awesome (and if you do, watch the dubbed version – Mary McGlynn is the quintessential version of the Major)!

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    1. I’m definitely just as disappointed as you in regards to the manga. I really did hope to be impressed and then even more by the anime adaptations, but I’ve come to understand that the manga wasn’t exactly where all the praise was coming from for the franchise. Of course, this volume in particular being a collection of leftover stories does what it’s meant to do and only gives us those extras that the author never not to publish before.

      You might be the first person to ever recommend a dubbed version of an anime! I’ll definitely consider though hahah It sure sounds like Major was done justice there! While the manga is leaving a sour after-taste, I’m still pretty excited to give the series/movies a shot soon enough! 😀

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  6. We sometimes forget it’s the anime we remember and not the manga. ❤️❤️ Jackie B makes a good point about posthumous publications. While an author creates these side stories and vignettes for added depth, what storytelling is to the east is slightly different than western world. Thanks Lashaan.

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    1. Indeed. I haven’t seen the anime, so when I started the manga, I honestly thought it would be at the same level as the praise given for the anime hahah. And yes, she does bring up a great point! I still got to mention that Masamune Shirow hasn’t passed away yet hahah He was very happy to see these “side stories and vignettes” get collected and published, according to his afterwords in this volume hahah 😛 In the end, it’s definitely a plus for any hardcore fan to get a bit more of the characters they love, but it’s nothing groundbreaking that’s for sure. Thanks for reading, Dani. 🙂

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