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攻殻機動隊 ➣ [Epub] ➝ 攻殻機動隊 By Masamune Shirow ➭ – In the rapidly converging landscape of the st century Major Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including ghost hackers When he track the In the rapidly converging landscape of the st century Major Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including ghost hackers When he track the trail of one hacker, her quest leads her to a world she could never have imagined.

  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • 攻殻機動隊
  • Masamune Shirow
  • English
  • 05 December 2019
  • 9781593072285

About the Author: Masamune Shirow

士郎 正宗 is an internationally renowned manga artist He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games Shirow is also known for creating erotic artBorn in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him The result was Appleseed, a full volume of densely plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future The story was a sensation, and won the Seiun Award for Best Manga After a professional reprint of Black Magic and a second volume of Appleseed, he released Dominion in Two volumes of Appleseed followed before he began work on Ghost in the Shell.

10 thoughts on “攻殻機動隊

  1. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    AWESOME! I mean seriously, the movie will be coming out soon as I write this in late Feb 2017, but I read the comic in English translation over 20 years ago and LOVED it. I also read the sequel and watched the associated anime that it inspired. It is a fantastic universe in a sort of dystopian future that poses the same basic questions as the I Robot series by Asimov - how will artificial intelligence change human kind and at what moment is an android sentient. A MUST READ before the movie comes out - or after you watch it.

    This is truly one of the greatest mangas. I have the Kodansha Bilingual version and as much as I find it entertaining that Masamune Shirow leaves a ton of editorial explanations of his drawings and ideas (and excuses sometimes for shortcuts he takes in the story), the type is really really really tiny. That being said, Bantu is a total badass and Major Motoko Kusanagi is an extremely sexy cyborg built over a human body with those human memories buried in her as her ghost. Her adventures as a super agent are fun and engaging as well as sexy and occasionally quite violent - NSFW and 18+ for the most part. The anime was excellent, let's hope the live action version lives up to the hype as well. They will surely not be able to cover the variety of adventures in this volume so it will be interesting to see whether they use the anime as a basis or go off on a different story altogether. There are many possibilities which is one of the things which is so great about this manga.

    The film - like the anime - is a sort of prequel to this volume. But it is absolutely amazing!

  2. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    Ghost in the Shell is a manga from the 1980s (just like Akira), which was at first only known to the manga aficionados in Japan. It later became one of the landmarks of the genre, especially after being adapted countless times into TV series, movies and video games.

    This album is mostly a series of procedural supercop dramas set in the near future. I suppose they were, by the usual practice, initially published as a series in a Japanese periodical and then gathered into a single tankobon. All these stories revolve around political-corporate-terrorist conspiracies, which the protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and her gang at Section 9 need to thwart, using a multitude of car chases, machine guns and explosives. These stories seem, for the most part, somewhat formulaic.

    The theme of this manga has evident cyberpunk undercurrents: Major Kusanagi is a cyborg made of robotic body parts (a “shell”, big boobs included) and a human mind (a “ghost”, you get it). Her sidekick, Batou, is also a cyborg, of the hefty sort. The evil Puppeteer too is a sentient artificial hacker emerged from the “sea of information”. Considering that this was written in the 80s, in many ways Shirow Masamune was something of a visionary.

    Some aspects, however, are distinctive of the style and opinions of Shirow —who provides quite a few “footnotes”, either in the margins or at the end of the volume—: a geeky interest for firearms and all sort of technical mumbo-jumbo, a schoolboy’s taste for pop-metaphysical speculations and a morbid fascination for torn-apart-bimbo-girls eroticism. Some pages are in colour (beginning and ending of each episode), others in black and white, with no obvious reason.

    On the whole, Ghost in the Shell is the work of a young man (Shirow was twenty-something at the time), with spontaneity, a lot of ideas and mastery of artwork, but in the end, comes across as a little stringy. The 1995 anime, by Mamoru Oshii, is a direct adaptation of this volume, but without all the excess meat. The 2017 Scarlett Johansson movie is loosely inspired by the anime and, although the plot is rather meh, makes a stunning use of CGI.

  3. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    This is a classic science fiction manga by revered mangaka Shirow (a pseudonym). I am sorry to say (since many of my sci fi and manga GR friends loved it) I had a little trouble getting into it. I had to start and restart it several times. The ambition of the piece is obvious: It explores 21st century man vs machine AI issues, with a cyborg female Major Kusanagi who kicks ass and looks like what some people hope to see at Hooters, I suppose. Anyway, you know her and have seen her a bit too much, maybe. I know I have, anyway. (Oh, but it's not a she, it's an it so we can see her naked as much as we want!). And haha, after a long day she gives her boys a treat: Let's go to a strip club, on me, guys! I know for some of you that a Shapely Girl Bot helps detract from the terrible dialogue (could be partly a translation issue?) and character development, but I think it's overall a weakness. You can't take a Major seriously who has a face like a six year old a body like that, imo.

    This volume, that collects the first 8 issues of this series, is a rerelease that adds a longish and impressively detailed Author's Notes section and adds adult content that wasn't part of the development of the anime movie version, I am told. In the way of some manga it is hyper-violent, which also in a way gets impedes our serious exploration of what is underneath all of the fleshy and flashy surface: The series is about the ghost in the machine (or, okay, shell) or soul or spirit. Why is it Major Kusanagi cares enough to Fight the Power? She has something (most? some?) humans have, she has moral commitment, she wants to fight the Man and. .. uh, dehumanization. Pretty good for a de-human.

    In addition to Kusanagi's ghost, there's also, in this story, ghost hackers capable of reprogramming human minds to make them Orwellian puppets, and this is what Kusanagi and her tribe are fighting. And I like that part. I mean, the tale is not all that original in its effects--the strong girl and girly shoot-em-up bits, which are the main thing, it's an action comic or looks like it, mostly, and as I said, the dialogue and characterizations are not its greatest strengths--but the fundamental corse of the story, the resistance to totalitarianism that is the main part of the story is good and well though out and interesting. If you look at Shirow's notes, you can see he has thought thoroughly through the world-building.

    So it's an impressive and flawed but never boring series. It's AI meets IT meets The Man, with a strong cyborg girl leading the charge. An epic dystopian tale that touches on the nature of consciousness. Reminds me of Tezuka, trying to get at larger political issues in his later work.

  4. Chris Youngblood Chris Youngblood says:

    I don't know. Maybe I'm stupid. Maybe it's an issue with the translations. Maybe Masamune Shirow is just an incredibly obtuse writer. Either way, I found these books (along with Appleseed) a bit muddled and indecipherable. I repeatedly felt that the books were written as though Mr. Shirow automatically expected us to understand certain things that were not explained - almost as if one were required to see the thought processes that went into the writing - the constant, unexplained references to 'ghosts' is a good example. Were these 'ghosts' supposed to be memory? Souls? The mind-recordings of the individuals that were speaking? And just what was the point of the lesbian scene? So many things remain unexplained and unexplainable, no matter how many times I re-read these books.

    Regardless of what the ultimate intent was, I'm not a major fan of most anime or Japanese comics (with some exceptions), so I cannot say that this series is entirely at fault; in the hands of a Troo Fan, it is probably much more enjoyable.

  5. Dennis Dennis says:

    This manga has some very cool aspects as well as some very annoying ones. But ultimately it was a disappointment for me.

    Let’s start with the cool stuff.


    It has a kick-ass female main character that exudes a tremendous amount of confidence.

    There are some interesting concepts about artificial intelligence and what it takes for something (someone?) to be deemed alive.

    It also has some very cool settings and great style.

    The artwork is inconsistent, though.
    The colored parts are mostly great, with many nice details. But there are some blurry panels as well. The black and white parts aren't always that good. Some of the panels even seemed a bit lazy.
    Overall I liked the art. But I was still annoyed by the constant change in quality.

    A few examples of the good and the bad (I mixed it up to make it a little more challenging for you to figure out what is what. Just kidding. I think it’s pretty clear):








    So yeah, lots of ups and downs.

    With the story it‘s no different. But it falls more on the down side of the spectrum. It's episodic and often hard to follow. I really didn't like that aspect of the book. It‘s simply annoyingly incoherent.
    Some interesting concepts here and there. And a few chapters were quite entertaining. But for the most part there's a feeling of detachment created by the diffuse storytelling.


    Overall I think this is just an okay manga, with lots of unrealized potential. A very frustrating read for me.

    2.5 stars, rounded up.


  6. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    As a big fan of cyberpunk, I probably should have read this a lot sooner. As it was, it was mostly the arrival of the live-action movie that finally drove me to get to it. To be honest, I'm really not a fan of manga. Elements of how it's generally drawn as well as a general lack of interest has led to staying away from that style for the most part. Ghost in the Shell is a little difficult to rate as I enjoyed parts of it (particularly the nuanced thoughts on identity and the line between machine and man) but got bored/annoyed by the weird digressions into the details of the tech and science behind it and the first section in particular is really rough. Probably worth reading if you're a fan of the cyberpunk genre and haven't previously picked this up.

    Full review here

  7. Psychophant Psychophant says:

    This is the book that, in my opinion, closed down cyberpunk as a literary current, in 1991. It is what the matrix tried to become, a meld of style, futurism and religious take on that basic cyberpunk question, what it means to be human.

    It is a very dense book, difficult to follow and with lots of subtext and unreliable narrators. It is also incredibly well drawn and laid out. It is self contained, which is also rare on this genre.

    It still feels fresh and up to date, which just pays homage to its long term vision.

    Only its abstruseness and deliberate doubt induction keeps it from a perfect score.

  8. Gianfranco Mancini Gianfranco Mancini says:

    Vote 4 (5 if you are a diehard fan of the GITS anime like me)

    After a Ghost in the Shell anime marathon where my wife and me watched in less than 2 weeks Mamoru Oshii's 1995 anime masterwork, the awful 2.0 recent version with 3d sequences added, 2nd movie Innocence, first and second season/gig of Stand Alone Complex series, the GITS SAC movie, the Arise prequel miniseries and at last the live action movie that was far better then expected (sadly the whitewashing critics and low incomes killed the franchise on birth), it was really time for me to re-read Masamune Shirow's original manga.

    It was just a great cyberpunk/action read, the characters were funnier and less developed than the anime series (but for Togusa(view spoiler)[, and the scene of Mayor Kusanagi shooting virtual lesbian porn movies in #2 issue was really weird! (hide spoiler)]

  9. Sara Sara says:

    So disappointed that I can't finish this manga. I know it's a classic. I never figured out what was going on. I also have a problem with 80's hair and clothes distracting me from vintage manga and old movies, but that's my own issue. I think I might check out the anime, though.

    I did appreciate Motoko's sense of humor but it wasn't enough to get me through this book.

  10. Rory Wilding Rory Wilding says:

    At a time when anime was seen as an underground phenomenon during the nineties, there will be a handful of us who would buy VHS tapes that were distributed by Manga Entertainment. One of the few titles that stood out for us was Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 sci-fi masterpiece Ghost in the Shell, which not only refined cyberpunk and pushing the boundaries of adult animation, but became a massive influence to future sci-fi works i.e. The Matrix. However, out of the numerous movies, TV shows and video games as well as a live-action film coming our way in the near future, Kōkaku Kidōtai was first conceived as a manga series first serialised in 1989 written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

    Set in the mid-21st century of Japan, counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by Major Motoko Kusanagi, hunts down the Puppeteer, a cyber-criminal wanted for committing a large number of crimes by proxy through ghost hacking humans with cyberbrains.

    Despite the above synopsis (which became the basis for the 1995 film), this volume that collects the first eight issues of the series, seems to be about other things, perhaps more so than the Puppeteer manhunt. Clearly Shirow has ideas he wanted to explore in terms of design and philosophy, as well as the search for identity in a technologically advanced world. However, in the way he explores them is through a pretty ramshackle odyssey where the protagonists jumping from one mission to another, while supporting characters appear and just disappear without set-up or indeed execution.

    With cyberbunk being Shirow’s genre, this book, like a lot of his manga such as Dominion Tank Police, the tone jumbles from being philosophical existentialism to slapstick comedy. There are two short chapters which takes a break from the main narrative, each with their own tonal sensibility. Chapter 4 focuses on the funny dysfunctionality of the Fuchikoma units – spider-like thinks tanks with A.I. – and how one plans a revolution against their owners. The next chapter reveals the making of a cyborg and it is here where Kusanagi questions her existence as a cyborg, albeit through a dinner conversation with one of her gal-pals.

    Even if you read the most mediocre out of any manga, one can always admire the artistic craftsmanship and even through Shirow’s sketchy designs, his characters are expressive and the action zips along. Although most of this book is black-and-white like most manga, the coloured pages look very splattered, making the art look rougher. Coming from a background in erotic art, Masamune Shirow loves women, specifically the skimpy-wearing type, and there are a number of pages, including a full-on lesbian threesome sex scene (in a virtual reality, mind you) that will upset some readers.

    As a fan of the 1995 classic (with its tight narrative that makes it better than the source material), I found this book to be a conflicting one as it’s kind of all over the place, but a pretty fun read that has action, comedy and sci-fi, albeit in an inconsistent manner.

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