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356 comments

2 FPs in a row (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9520996)

I am GOD!!!

-DT

YOU DID IT!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521024)

D00d! You are my hero! May I kiss your butt?

First post? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521002)

First post!

someone get the towels (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521003)

for cmdrtaco, cowboyneal, and the animefu crowd. there's gonna be some sticky cleaning that neesd to be done

FP!!!111

Hooray! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521008)

I have made the first post!

I feel so good, I could even let the poor Iraqui clibmb down off me ... nah.

your Lynndie =*

surprised (-1, Offtopic)

wawannem (591061) | about 10 years ago | (#9521014)

Am I the only one sort of surprised after the amount of money lost on the other FF movie, that a studio would approve a budget to produce this one?

Re:surprised (2, Informative)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | about 10 years ago | (#9521036)

Ghost in the Shell has nothing to do with Final Fantasy.

Re:surprised (1)

cardshark2001 (444650) | about 10 years ago | (#9521102)

Ghost in the Shell has nothing to do with Final Fantasy.

Not to mention that it is a pretty fscking great anime. What I'm surprised about is that it took them this long to write a sequel.

Re:surprised (1)

Nazmun (590998) | about 10 years ago | (#9521208)

Theres a series based on the show as well. GITS: Stand Alone Complex.

It's going through season two right now.

Re:surprised (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521040)

Yes, ni**ers are cheap nowadays.

MOD ME DOWN (1, Funny)

wawannem (591061) | about 10 years ago | (#9521053)

Sorry, misread the title and thought this was about the news that another Final Fantasy movie is being released...

/me goes to corner and hangs head in shame chanting RTFA RTFA RTFA rtfa ....

Re:MOD ME DOWN (1)

Nazmun (590998) | about 10 years ago | (#9521179)

Don't want to beat a man while he's down but you didnt' just not RTFA but to make this mistake you'd have to not read the fscking title or teh fscking news blurb on slashdot.

Re:surprised (1, Redundant)

Nazmun (590998) | about 10 years ago | (#9521062)

I'm not sure if by what you mean by FF... If it's final fantasy then i've got to ask... what does this have to do with final fantasy in any way.

The previous ghost in the shell was an awesome success. Also the new final fantasy may be a success as well. The previous one suffered because of a weak storyline and a complete lack of memoreable characters. This one is actually related to one of the games.

Re:surprised (3, Interesting)

supergwiz (641155) | about 10 years ago | (#9521081)

Not really, it's a different medium. English dubbed cell drawn Anime has proven to do well (Princess Monenoke) in the US.

Re:surprised (4, Insightful)

amacedo (779821) | about 10 years ago | (#9521112)

The anime market is very different from the western animation market. Mainly because in the West there isn't really a matured interest in animation films since they're geared towards the infant market.

In Japan this kind of film usually has great results in both cinema and DVD releases.

Hello (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521018)

I am CowboyNeals assistant. I would just like to say that this movie is excellent.

Ghost in the shell (5, Funny)

Psymunn (778581) | about 10 years ago | (#9521028)

Man, that movie is my favorite naked assassin movie ever. Can't wait!

Re:Ghost in the shell (1)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521214)

a naked LESBIAN assassin at that

Is it just me... (-1, Troll)

bonch (38532) | about 10 years ago | (#9521224)

...or is Ghost In The Shell the most boring animation ever? I do not get the fanboy worship for this. I am not a hardcore anime guy and had way more fun watching the two Vampire Hunter Ds. Ghost In The Shell bored me to tears.

For the record, I have seen the subtitled camrip of Ghost In The Shell 2...it's more of the same with better animation (lots of your typical CG ships).

Re:Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521314)


Yeah, we want more Trigun, Bebop, and most definately, we want more InuYasha!!

Re:Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521439)

I'd be interested in my Trigun if it could go somewhere a little deeper, and if they condensed the story down from the 10 hour long epic it is now. Also, more seriousness and less of the annoying smiling Vash

AWESOME!!! (2, Interesting)

drgonjo (746794) | about 10 years ago | (#9521030)

Ghost in the Shell was one of the most impressive Animes I have ever seen! If your not yet a fan of anime the original Ghost in the Shell is a hell of a place to start. Heres hoping the sequel will do it justice!

Re:AWESOME!!! (4, Informative)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521132)

you should also check out the "stand alone complex" series based off it. It assumes no familiarity with the movie but has the same chracters and a whole new plot. Right now theres planned 48 episodes but only 32 are translated by fansub groups. Very good anime unlike most the crap floating around.

Re:AWESOME!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521428)

Where does one ordinarily get these fansubbed series? Just curious. Can you download them from somewhere?

Anobody see this yet? (1)

karikas (785024) | about 10 years ago | (#9521285)

I noticed that this was playing at the recent Seattle International Film Festival (href="http://www.seattlefilm.com/film/detail.aspx ?id=215) but wasn't able to catch it. Anybody check it out? Good/bad/nakedness?

Re:AWESOME!!! (2, Insightful)

escher (3402) | about 10 years ago | (#9521459)

I hope they do a better english dub this time. The first was an astounding movie with one of the worst english dubs ever.

Warning... (4, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | about 10 years ago | (#9521041)

severely Flash crippled site linked to. Suffocated my Firefox - severe resizing/etc. Even now when I change to the tab containing that site, Firefox resizes window.

Maybe a bug in Firefox, but I hate the jazzy, flashy movie websites anyway.

Re:Warning... (4, Informative)

MooCows (718367) | about 10 years ago | (#9521068)

You might want to turn off resizing in your javascript options. (Options -> Web Features -> Advanced)

Re:Warning... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521085)

Maybe a bug in Firefox

Firefox is one big bug.

Re:Warning... (4, Funny)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | about 10 years ago | (#9521104)

I am using Safari on my Mac and it is suffering. I didn't realise this site required the minimum hardware specs for Longhorn? This is why Flash designers need to be taken out and beaten, or at least shown the wisdom of good site design.

Re:Warning... (4, Informative)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | about 10 years ago | (#9521140)

Adding to this, why does the 'skip intro' always have to be in the flash animaton. How do I skip if I have flash disabled?

Re:Warning... (1)

MooCows (718367) | about 10 years ago | (#9521168)

wget the .swf
grep for strings with 'http' or 'html' or 'php'
Copy/paste/enjoy

Re:Warning... (1)

Reducer2001 (197985) | about 10 years ago | (#9521410)

Of course! It's just that easy folks!

Re:Warning... (1)

dfay (75405) | about 10 years ago | (#9521268)

On the bright side... it's so nice that they kindly resize your browser to fit the whole desktop. It's rare to get that kind of service from a website.

Quite often, I find myself thinking... wouldn't it be cool if my browser could take up the whole window? Sure, that Maximize button works, but what I'd really like is for the window to be at maximum size, so that I don't have to worry about whether the window is maximized or not... either way the whole screen is full! But it can be really tricky trying to do it by hand.

Congrats, GitS web guys!

return-of-a-classic dept? (-1, Flamebait)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 10 years ago | (#9521042)

Maybe if you're an anime fan, Taco, but not all of us are. In fact, some of us don't give a shit. Is this Slashdot, or Malda's own private LiveJournal?

Re:return-of-a-classic dept? (3, Informative)

sn0wman3030 (618319) | about 10 years ago | (#9521354)

If you don't like anime, just turn off the anime stories in your slashdot preferences.

Re:return-of-a-classic dept? (1)

LqqkOut (767022) | about 10 years ago | (#9521436)

With Eisner talking about the end of 2D animation [reuters.com] , it's nice to see one of the movies that expanded the horizons of animators getting renewed attention with this sequel. Genre aside, this film has earned its place among the classics.

Republished review of the original Ghost [geocities.com]

Sub (1, Troll)

DJTodd242 (560481) | about 10 years ago | (#9521056)

I'm still waiting for one of the fansub groups to release a version. It won't stop me from going to the theatre and buying the DVD, but the fansubs are usually of a much higher quality than the Dubs or the official subs.

Re:Sub (2, Interesting)

Destoo (530123) | about 10 years ago | (#9521276)

You don't need them to release a "version"

Just get the legit DVD and a subtitle file, and grab Media Player Classic [gabest.org] . Disable the DVD subs and load the fansub file.

That's what I did with some bootleg "Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex" disks. One of the disks just was horribly unsinc'd and badly translated.

Tachikoma Rules.

Re:Sub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521464)

the fansubs are usually of a much higher quality than the Dubs or the official subs.

You're kidding, right? Most fansubs are made by people who think they know Japanese because they took one semester, or alternatively they're translated via Chinese and come out as gibberish. Occasionally one finds a fansub that's almost commercial quality, but I honestly can't think of any that are _better_ than official subs.

Most fansub groups these days seem to spend more time on pointless flashy touches than quality translation. Like the OP/ED sequences, which these days always seem to have the lyrics in English, roomaji, *and* kanji, all of them helpfully animated in case you want to sing along, and generally obscuring the picture and distracting anyone who just wants to watch the fucking thing. Then you get into the show itself and suddenly the production values plummet...

Oops, misread title. heheh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521066)

Did anybody else accidentally misread the title of this story as "Slashdot blog sucks hairy horse balls"?

annoying site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521070)

what the hell is up with web designers resizing my f-ing browser? if I want to resize the browser, I will do it myself. </bitch>

Re:annoying site (1)

jon3k (691256) | about 10 years ago | (#9521218)

Some sites are designed for a very specific size. A browser window larger than that will show margins around a site, which usually ends up making the site look like a dot in the middle of a big page.

Not something I encourage, but it can definitely lead to an overall more appealing design, in some cases.

Interesting... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521077)

Noble Disdain, Asahi Shinbun and Japan Today Confirm it:

Anime is dying.

http://www.asahi.com/english/arts/TKY20040602013 4. html

http://news.japantoday.com/e/?content=kuchikomi& id =294

Re:Interesting... (2, Interesting)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521191)

well to be honest what series in recent memory have been close to the classics like cowboy bebop? The only series I can think of that are worth watching are Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex and Gundam:Seed. Both are simply continuations of an already successful theme. The only semi orignal anime to come out that hasn't sucked was Hellsing and the maker had ment for it to be another lame comedyish action anime and he was pissed when they went for a dark themed anime (thats why there was no 2nd season despite high ratings). Most anime now is "guy somehow gets involved with hot chics and falls in love" or "reluctant hero samurai joints underage girls to avenge some past wrong". Look at the older anime series and they were a lot more open to doing new ideas and themes where as most the thigns now days try to ride on the coattails of an already successful series.

Still good anime series (1)

slubberdegullion (544119) | about 10 years ago | (#9521308)

There are several recent series which I, at least, liked a lot. "Monster," "Last Exile," "Gilgamesh." Even if you disagree that these are any good, they're certainly inventive and interesting.

There's also a certain tendency to think only of the good when considering the past. You remember "Citizen Kane," but not the dozens of awful movies that came out the same year. Same thing applies with anime.

As a final point, Cowboy Bebop sucked.

Re:Still good anime series (1)

TomHandy (578620) | about 10 years ago | (#9521351)

I won't touch the comment about Cowboy Bebop (everyone's free to their opinion)......... but the larger point is right..... there's still plenty of good anime being made. In very recent memory, I would point to recent stuff like Kaze no Yojimbo (an anime re-imaging of Kurosawa's Yojimbo movie), Kino no Tabi, Macross Zero, Kaleidostar, etc. There's a lot of quality stuff still being done, and I think there always will be..... it will be in the minority compared to a lot of crap and junk being made, but this is true of pretty much everything, not just anime.

-Tom

Re:Still good anime series (1)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521359)

we're talking about the scene as a whole though. I'll grand last exile was orignal but I think the only reason a lot of people like it is because of how crappy a lot of the other animes are. I didn't like any of those other series you posted. It's much like the video game industry over there I imagine. For every 2-3 good titles that are being devoloped into anime we get at least 10 awful ones and mere business and marketing majors are the ones making decisions. I have no doubt this is only a passing trend as the market will self correct once they realize heaps of shit don't sell the same as a few polished products but it'll take time. There is no way anime is "finished" but it's going to tough for new artists pretty soon.

Re:Still good anime series (1)

TomHandy (578620) | about 10 years ago | (#9521398)

True, but then again, this has ALWAYS been the case, and it is not unique to anime. For every really good movie that is made, 10 or more crappy ones come out. For every good comic book, 10 or more crappy ones come out. For every good book, probably 100 crappy ones are published. And in terms of the decisions of business and marketing guys.... this has been true for a while too....... even in the 60's and 70's a lot of anime was made just to sell toys and merchandise. But what is notable are the gems that do pop up. What you'll find is that there's a lot of junk made, but then the shining gems from the top talents.......... often these don't make the kind of money (although the boom in "otaku anime" in other countries has helped a lot, as it creates more of a market). -Tom

Re:Interesting... (1)

Destoo (530123) | about 10 years ago | (#9521371)

Try to see Scrapped Princess. Very interesting medieval-europe setting.
Definitely one that will become a cult classic.

Too bad they canceled "Blood: The Last Vampire" though. the pilot was great.

Re:Interesting... (1)

Nephilium (684559) | about 10 years ago | (#9521395)

I know that I really enjoyed the Lain series... and from the one episode I've seen Witch Hunter Robin looks interesting. But there was plenty of crap in the old days as well... Crying Freeman was good... the sequels hurt...

Nephilium
The Patrician relaxed, in a way which only then drew gentle attention to the foregoing moment of tension. -- (Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms)

Wait... (2, Interesting)

marnargulus (776948) | about 10 years ago | (#9521078)

So they are bringing back the same characters? But how will this work with the merging of the AI with the naked assassin?

Re:Wait... (2, Interesting)

Kenja (541830) | about 10 years ago | (#9521174)

Well the TV series "stand alone complex" was beased on an alternate time line where the puppet master never showed up. However, it looks like the second movie is more focused on Batu then the major.

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521223)

...they brought back Dave Bowman.

Tag line (0, Troll)

dan g (30777) | about 10 years ago | (#9521088)

"The line between human and machines has blurred beyond distinction...and humans have forgotten that they are human"

Ugh. Well, their translators haven't gotten any better.

I guess hoping for a subtitled version in theaters is too much?

d.

PG-13 (2, Interesting)

Iscariot_ (166362) | about 10 years ago | (#9521092)

Wait. This thing is PG-13? What does that mean? No more nudity? Less violence? What was the first one rated?

Time To Check Yourself Dude (2, Funny)

Farley Mullet (604326) | about 10 years ago | (#9521250)

Wait. This thing is PG-13? What does that mean? No more nudity? Less violence? What was the first one rated?
You're worried that a cartoon isn't going to have nudity?

* YAWN * (4, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 10 years ago | (#9521098)

First, please don't mod me into oblivion, I know a lot of people swear by this show but I'm one of many people who just didn't get it and I'm entitled to explain why.

That said, I saw Ghost in the Shell 1 and never was as bored in all my life. Sure the animation is good and the visuals are atmospheric, but the English dialogue was bordering on the hypnotic. Big overlong monologues that go on and on and on..... zzzzzz. And I got halfway through the film and still hadn't figured out what the hell they meant by a 'ghost.' I kept asking, 'okay, ghosts are an important part of all of this, I get it, now will you kindly tell us what the f@*# a ghost is please?' But no. Just more pseudo-intellectual waffle.

I strongly warn against anyone watching this stuff if you want to get into anime for the first time. This yawn-fest is not representative of anime. Watch Cowboy Bebop [sonypictures.com] instead. It's a lot more fun, the animated cityscapes are stunning, and it doesn't take itself very seriously.

MOD PARENT UP (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521154)

How is that trollish?? My goodness.. If someone dislikes what you like doesn't automatically make them a troll. It's called an opinion.

MOD PARENT DOWN (4, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | about 10 years ago | (#9521182)

I disagree and therefore he is a TROLL posting FLAMEBAIT!

Re:MOD PARENT DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521200)

Obviously idiots run rampant... and they all have mod points. sigh

Agreed... (2, Insightful)

Cyno01 (573917) | about 10 years ago | (#9521209)

GitS is suposed to be one of like the top Anime films, i picked up the dvd for that reason, not the first in my collection, but i got it pretty much just to have it. I liked it, but it was kinda boring in parts (not as boring as metropolis though, what a yawn fest), probably didn't help that i had the flu and a 103 fever when i watched it, but anywho.. I Agree, the CB movie is much better to introduce someone to anime, that or maybe Princess Mononoke. I'd recomend Akira as a second film.

Re:Agreed... (1)

Nephilium (684559) | about 10 years ago | (#9521429)

Gah... Akira to me is the movie you *have* to watch... just so you've gone through the pain that everyone else has... I think it's the only movie to have more climaxes than Legend of the Overfiend...

I'd stick with Spirited Away as a second (or first) movie...

Nephilium
Here's to our noble selves! There are damned few of us left! -- Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land

Re:Agreed... (1)

CaptMonkeyDLuffy (623905) | about 10 years ago | (#9521463)

Hmm... Well, I'd list Akira much further down any list of good starter films. Millenium Actress by Satoshi Koh(sp?) is probably my number one pick. Amazing film.

Re:* YAWN * (1)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521247)

Well I'll agree its not as good as Bebop but as a mere 1.5 hour movie it's one of the best. The full 26 episode series of Bebop + the movie is fucking anime at it's finest. There ARE, however, several themes going on in GITS though its probally a piece of writing where people will pick out what they want to see. If you didn't grasp anything bigger out of it I doubt you ever will. Find an english major who watched it and he'll probally give you 10-20 major sociological issues he noticed in it.

Spirtuallity and Philosphy are the keys (5, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | about 10 years ago | (#9521274)

In order to appreciate films like this and Final Fantasy, you definetly need a better understanding of spirtual beliefs. The ghost, is the spirit or soul of the machine, in the same way a ghost is the bodyless soul of a person.

Final Fantasy, lends itself to the Gaia Theory, and taking it further to suggest that planets are living enties with their own soul.

Japanese animation has plenty of philosphy in them (not all of them admitedly), and can be very deep, so it takes more to appreciate them than your average american cartoon, which in contrast are very shallow.

Mod parent +1 Condescending Anime Fanboy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521458)

Japanese game shows are the pinnacle of philosophy and culture, too.

Re:* YAWN * (1)

themassiah (80330) | about 10 years ago | (#9521311)

I completely agree with you on the "confusing aspect" you mentioned. Also, for me the movie didn't seem to actually have an ending, it just ... stopped. Am I missing something?

Re:* YAWN * (1)

tuffy (10202) | about 10 years ago | (#9521331)

That's because the original Ghost in the Shell is chock full of joyless, Oshii-directed pretentiousness. Some like to claim it's the Best Anime Ever, which typically indicates they haven't seen a lot of anime. And since Oshii is back to direct the sequel, "Innocence" promises to deliver another very pretty movie with no entertainment value whatsoever.

Personally, I'd skip it and watch "GitS: Stand Alone Complex" which won't be so mind-numbingly tedious to watch.

Re:* YAWN * (4, Interesting)

pilkul (667659) | about 10 years ago | (#9521332)

Yeah, the GITS movie is actually quite obscure in Japan. As any anime fan knows, the vast majority of anime (putting aside the question of whether it's actually good or not) is not at all like Ghost in the Shell, and that sort of thing is not very appealing to most Japanese. The film just happened to be the subject of early marketing pushes for anime in America, probably because it involves a lot of futuristic, gritty violence.

The Western perception (steadily eroding, fortunately) that anime mainly consists of sex and gunfighting is ironic. Here's what happened, as I understand it: Japanese marketers saw American films like Terminator, figured that Americans like lots of sex and guns, and decided that they should only release in America those anime films "appealing to American tastes". The American perception of anime to a large extent reflects the Japanese perception of American tastes!

Re:* YAWN * (1)

normal_guy (676813) | about 10 years ago | (#9521426)

The Western perception (steadily eroding, fortunately) that anime mainly consists of sex and gunfighting is ironic.

How is it ironic? A funny coincidence perhaps.

Re:* YAWN * (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | about 10 years ago | (#9521406)

GITS has two things in common with Akira -
it made me fall asleep, and it has a great
soundtrack. Buy the soundtrack, but watch Cowboy
Bebop instead :)

Re:* YAWN * (1)

Loopy (41728) | about 10 years ago | (#9521419)

Some of that is due to language translations. Some of the dialogs take a lot less time to speak in Japanese than it does in English, so it seems like anime has a lot of run-on sentences. Some spots in Neon Genesis Evangelion are like that but once you get used to it, they actually get a lot more data across to you than some of the crap that passes for animated art.

I didn't much like GitS, either, but less so due to the dialogs as to the general "lackluster" feel of it...just my opinion. :P

Re:* YAWN * (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | about 10 years ago | (#9521423)

You don't know what a ghost is?

I didn't think their usage of ghost was particularly obscure, though maybe you didn't understand what a shell was: A shell was a body, and thus a ghost in the shell is a soul in a body.

And of course, the whole point of the movie, by the end, was the ghost outside the shell :)

Down your pants (4, Funny)

Jackboot (791190) | about 10 years ago | (#9521109)

Goodbye warm grits, hello innocent GITS.

When I saw the first movie. (0, Offtopic)

TXP (592446) | about 10 years ago | (#9521111)

I remember being disappointed. I think it was overhyped or something because I found it slow moving and dull. As well the how spirtual message wasn't deep or insightful as my friends had make it out to me. Same with crouching tiger hidden dragon. I guess for some North Americans these Japanese movies are just not cutting it.

Re:When I saw the first movie. (1)

druhol (683463) | about 10 years ago | (#9521297)

Sorry to nitpick, but CTHD was Chinese.

Re:When I saw the first movie. (1)

slashrogue (775436) | about 10 years ago | (#9521338)

Dude, CTHD is Chinese. Get your countries right before you write them off.

wtf? I didn't even type anything (5, Funny)

nebaz (453974) | about 10 years ago | (#9521121)

bash$ boo
bash: boo: command not found
bash$

This matters how? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521122)

[NT]

FantAsia? (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | about 10 years ago | (#9521141)

Does anyone know if it will be featured at the Montreal FantAsia Festival?

Check it out .. (4, Informative)

z0ink (572154) | about 10 years ago | (#9521152)

If you are a fan of the Ghost in the Shell movie than you need to get your hands on the series. Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex is one of the most well produced anime series I've seen in a while. You don't need to be some total "Anime Freak ^_^" to watch these. Definatly some great stuff in here and better background on the GitS story.

Ghost on my mind (4, Insightful)

Wellmont (737226) | about 10 years ago | (#9521158)

Compared with Armitage (along with others) and it's subsiquent sequels the creators of Ghost in the Shell really outdid themselves with it's production. Rarely does an Anime movie mix great plot, action, and camera angles with good "art". The entire Si Fi genre in Anime has suffered from serials that continue far beyond their disturbingly bad pilots. I for one am looking forward to this new sequel, from what i've heard it's not going to be a direct interpretation of the original movie's lines and characters. And if anyone has seen the original movie you can attest to the fact that it steps beyond the common "anime" genre and out-performs most of it's field and regular "live-action" movies as well.

Re:Ghost on my mind (2, Informative)

ed1park (100777) | about 10 years ago | (#9521377)

Don't forget the music from Ghost in the Shell by Kenji Kawai! Best soundtrack since Akira's by Geinoh Yamashirogumi. Made the long distance drive the other day awesome.

I look forward to the new music.

GITS
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00 005NZZE/ qid=1088104694/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/002-1798687-48680 65

Akira
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/deta il/-/B000 0076D8/ref=m_art_li_1/002-1798687-4868065?v=glance &s=music

Looks Good... (1, Offtopic)

bfg9000 (726447) | about 10 years ago | (#9521204)

... but is it good enough to make up for the last Matrix movie? *shudders*

I've sworn off entertainment completely since I heard that blind Neo is teaming up with Chaka Khan to entertain the Merovingian in the next film, Matrix:Chicago (the musical). But I should've guessed this would happen, since the warning signs were all there. [azcentral.com]

Sigh... anime may be dead to me now, but they can never take away the classics of cinema [amazon.com] .

Here we go again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521219)

Here's another reason for skinny white kids with pimples to think they are cool. Maybe someday they will realize that life isn't little Japanese chicks with big tits speaking Engrish [engrish.com] , but rather somebody real.

Go away nerds.. Shooo... Shooo...

Re:Here we go again (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521424)

Why are you blaming white kids? Are they animating this? The Japanese are the perverted ones...

Good introduction to Anime? (2, Interesting)

B5_geek (638928) | about 10 years ago | (#9521230)

I guess I am what you would call: "A Lazy Fat-Bastard"

I have enjoyed a lot of the Anime that I have watched, but I still don't know enough of it to reccommend to anybody as a good beginner/intro movie/show.

My Favorites:

Ninja Scroll (#1 in my book)
Ranma 1/2
Robotech (not the sanitized US version)

I guess I am still an Anime vigrin (although Ninja Scroll was a brutal introduction), what movies/series would you suggest a person who wants to watch more Anime view?

Re:Good introduction to Anime? (1)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9521302)

1. cowboy bebop + movie 2. Kenshin original 4 part OAV 3. Berserk... ignoring the first 2 episodes and last 2... (its an unfinished series but the meat of the series is stand alone) 4.gundam seed

Re:Good introduction to Anime? (1)

proj_2501 (78149) | about 10 years ago | (#9521340)

god, why did you put yourself through the awfulness of ninja scroll?

watch akira, the wings of honneamise, and lain

Re:Good introduction to Anime? (1)

B5_geek (638928) | about 10 years ago | (#9521365)

I think I have seen Akira.

Is that the one with the super-motorcycle?

Re:Good introduction to Anime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521451)

Vampire Princess Miyu. By far my anime favorite. You have to watch the series (4) a few times though before you start getting stubtlties.

subbed or dubbed? (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | about 10 years ago | (#9521288)

in other words, good or neutered?

Or maybe I should just wait until the Japanese version is out on DVD, like Kill Bill.

For those who had never heard of it (4, Informative)

kingstalemuffins (786246) | about 10 years ago | (#9521312)

Ghost in the Shell [wikipedia.org]

Bah (2, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | about 10 years ago | (#9521333)

Just another sequal series which will disapoint (like Gundam SEED, Macross Zero etc).

It's annoyingthat years after the originals people want to cash in on the name rather then using their heads and making something intresting and original (Full metal alchemist forexample)

I like GS....but... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521337)

I hate it when someone alters the window size of my browser.

Grrr... (3, Interesting)

Hassman (320786) | about 10 years ago | (#9521386)

That site totally turned me off. I hate it when web sites mess with the size of my browser. I like it a certain size (which my home page will set when I open my browser just in case...) so when sites annoy me like that, 9 out of 10 times, the window gets closed. It reminds me of the days before pop-up blockers where pr0n sites would pop up full screen everywhere.

blah. I didn't even get past the flash intro.

Anyone want to let me in on this series?

Translation (2, Interesting)

tierra (608450) | about 10 years ago | (#9521400)

I've been waiting months for this, and now I get to wait a few more.

I've had the japanese version for a long time, but could never translate it for myself no matter how hard I tried =(.

Was there ever (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9521441)

a part one in theatres? I didn't know there even was a part one. :o(
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