Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Reason Online has a review of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex from last month. Given the page or so the author was working with, it isn't terrible, but it can't get too terribly deep. He lightly brushes over the "emergent phenomenon" inherent in the "Standalone Complex" that the TV series considers. He doesn't even get into the increasingly archaic and old-fashioned tone of Ghost in the Shell, which was an excellent late example of what, in retrospect, was a somewhat ephemeral subgenre, cyberpunk. The series dwells in a might-have-been-but-probably-not in which hacking is something other than a brute-force annoyance.

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