Ghost in the Shell is one of the anime titles that sent me along this otaku path. I haven’t seen it in about 8 years and I didn’t pass on watching the 2.0 update.
I won’t dwell on the differences (non-spoiler difference: the Puppetmaster is female), or the details of the animation updates. The CG Kusanagi looks different from her drawn counterpart, but this does not bother me.
What I do find fascinating, and this was not possible at the first dozen times I’ve seen the movie, is how much of the city is based on Hong Kong.
I am not a well-traveled person, and I’ve never gone further than Southeast Asia, but Hong Kong is my favorite city. It’s a busy and exciting place. And I find it beautiful in its urban way.
One of my favorite parts is this long montage of Hong Kong, like a video essay that really brought the city to life, juxtaposed interestingly to the choral song Kenji Kawai arranged for the soundtrack. Please enjoy this image montage (Images are from the film, assorted websites, and my own trips with sybilant):
When I was pushing down anime down people’s throats back in the day, I would always tell them about how the characters in the movie drank our favorite beer.
San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen, most of us drink the SMB Light version, but this is manlier. I don’t blame Batou and the Major for drinking from a can, but this beer is best enjoyed from the bottle.
Ghost in the Shell has many good things going for it. It just so happens that what gripped me most this time around, is its gorgeous portrayal of the city of Hong Kong.
- Can you tell me about anime that featured real life cities and did a good job with it? Leave a link to an image or video so I can see the goodness.
- Have you been there? Tell me about it.