Yesterday I watched GHOST IN THE SHELL, the original anime movie from 1995. I haven't seen the live action movie from a few years ago, or anything else related to this franchise so I have nothing to compare it to. I liked it. It was a cut above most anime with an eye for detail for machinery and moving parts as well as being very stylish with the use of music and visual effects. There was action and explosions but like all good science fiction was more about the philosophical themes being explored: whether AI can give rise to new life, how much cybernetics can we have and still be human, and what it means to be post-human if that is possible. The "thermoptic camouflage" technology was very cool and probably the closest representation of how I imagine invisibility to work in D&D: i.e., you can't see them, but when they attack they are revealed and for the most part you can only see a distortion but it doesn't prevent them from making waves in water or bumping into people.
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2020 15:26:22 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
It's so good that I'm watching it again. I'm not normally that into cyberpunk. But the attention to detail in the cityscape, the grittiness of the characters and the politics, the innovations and the soundtrack are fascinating. The influences on THE MATRIX and AVATAR and other movies that came after are obvious. Things that may have influenced this movie are the invisibility from PREDATOR and the cybernetic eyes of Duncan Idaho in the DUNE book series, BLADE RUNNER and ROBOCOP. This is essentially the story of a Japanese Robocop, yet with a more transcendant conclusion.