Ghost in The Shell - SACI spoke about it in a previous note, today, I'll speak a little bit more about the Masamune Shirow's work.

So, where I should start (without make a note which look like a copy paste from Wikipedia...). First of all, Ghost In The Shell is a SciFi Japanese work, 5 mangas, 3 movies, 2 series of 26 episodes and one mini series, no need to say, it's a big piece!

I'll will briefly sum up the context, the story takes place in the futur (around the year 2030), the whole world is connected to the biggest electronic network ever seen, cyborgs are commons and even humans have got various electronics implants (body, brain, nothing is impossible!) which help them to perform incredible feat (about this, I've always asked myself of how the Olympics games look like in such a society... They've probably got 2 kilometers long sandpit for the long-jump sport and the Coubertin spirit has probably been updated to a weird 2.0 version.... Every time I'm trying to imagine it, it looks weird, am I the only one who ask him such a question?)

Anyway, in this cyberspace world where the oxygen is in competition with electricity, we follow the adventures of the 9th Section, an anti-terrorism elite unit, as proficient in the real world as in the cyberworld. This unit is composed by atypical characters, impressive cyborg, complicated humans and the best of the technology.

The first manga has been out in 1989 and tackled a philosophical topic about the evolution of our modern societies. Soul is the last wall which can help to distinguish humans from the robots, but, in a society where humans themselves are robotized, eventually, what is the soul? Robots couldn't pretend to have one too? (Asimov has already written about this subject from another point of view, Hamilton, and also K. Dick... This is a very interesting subject and, for myself, Masamune Shirow can claim to be as good as those writers when he speaks about it). By the way, this is the main point where the title come from, Ghost in the Shell, the Soul in the Coil. And, from that point, the imagination of Shirow start to rise, far, far away...

I won't sum up the whole story (on the one hand, I don't want to frustrate you from discovering this work, and, on the other hand.... It'll be really really too long!), however, I'll spare with you my critic, even if it will be a very partial one because I think GITS is just amazing, terrific, grandiose (you can continue this sentence with a synonym dictionary if you want).

First of all, I've never ever been bored when I was watching to this anime, I've spent entire nights watching to GITS again and again, this anime is so gut-wrenching. The whole work is various, coherent, character are charming (even the most brutal one), the production is great, the animation is impressive and you can watch every episode with the same pleasure as before. Scenarios are excellent, there are a mix between smart philosophical reflexions, well managed intrigues, technically realistic fights, feelings, emotions, suspense.... Anyway, it's a jewel, a pure and beautiful jewel that you have to watch!!

About a little anecdotal story (even if I'm not really proud of it) it's the only thing, among all the stuff I've seen, read, listened... everything. Which has brought tears to my eyes. And it wasn't during a really obvious seen especially made to flood a cinema, it was really touching scenes, with full of hope and sadness, I assure you, it's has really blown my mind up.

So, now, you understand why I had to speak about GITS here, even if it hasn't "change my life", for me, it's a must which have to be seen! It keeps its incredible power even if you watch it a ton of times!

Now you know why it's one of my major inspiration, even if it could sound a bit strange :)