M: Well technical difficulties had they’re way with my last review that may not ever see the light of the review board, HOWEVER! Time must continue and in the never ending quest to review everything I find the time to watch I must by duty review Ghost in the shell stand alone complex’s somewhat perplexing sequel the second gig. Strangely enough I can’t imagine much can be done in the stand alone complex world with only two gigs but hay whatever.
When technical difficulties murdered the actual review copy of the review I still will be posting it as a blog however in the interest of saving time I’ll just copy and paste my old explanation of the first seasons setting
“Ghost in the shell stand alone complex is in its base components a super intelligent futuristic noir police/military action show set in the ghost in the shell universe which has been compiled into every format possible. Basically it follows Major Motoko Kusanagi learned, cyborg, feminist, lesbian, bad ass that is possibly, at least this version of her, one of my favorite characters to date and her team of otherwise all male section 9 operatives on adventures of espionage battle and detective work mostly surrounding the mysterious Laughing man. But more importantly all taking part in the near future of like 2030 where just shit apparently really went sideways. Most people are cybernetic the world is in a digital future all that jazz.”
However now that the laughing man case is over a new case begins as section 9 is reformed under a new national assembly. This is the case of the individual eleven surrounding a number of crimes seeming to irritate the refugee situation. The cases no longer are sperratic as they were before and now mostly just try to make you more invested in this one case instead of just having it be the biggest case in a list. This keeps the story more focused. Plus the involvement of the cabinet’s intelligence
bureau adds another at least in the beginning interesting addition to the list of sides.
Alright normally I would start with the bad but today I’m beginning with the good. While I have mentioned time and time again how much I adore the world of stand alone complex I finally got my wish of having just anything about the world explained. They actually spent a good chunk of time setting up the whys to the what, mostly because for the first time the story relies on a much bigger scope the first one, the first one was just about uncovering a grand domestic conspiracy this time it’s on a national and even international scale. Bigger scale makes things matter more, mattering more means higher emotional investment of the audience which plays out usually better, another dream wish was realized of actually having a ghost in the shell’s excellent rising action go into an actual climax instead of just going completely sideways and down into falling action suddenly. The music and production continues to be top notch as well as the character and their motives. It was like the stand alone committee read my review ages ago and then worked on every complaint
But in doing so forgot a lot about what I rather enjoyed about ghost in the shell. Apparently I’m an unappeasable ass because I still don’t feel like it reached the levels it could have been better to me, at it’s heart ghost in the shell is noir meets cyber punk meets Descartes meditations on first philosophy however when they went farther down the macro path of story telling they kind of lost how it worked, I mean section 9 is at heart super swat but they act more like delta force does throughout the entire season. It’s not bad but they just made something completely different when it didn’t seem like that was the goal during
production. The noir switches to super spy the cyber punk becomes more sci-fi military and philosophy turns to politics It’s not a bad change it’s just jarringly odd for it to move in that direction or to at least not keep more of the old elements in a bit more, perhaps if the season had a few more episodes with random cases to allow for more noir style to show up. This weird sense of trying to redefine itself even lead to one of the most pivotal characters in the first season make literally no appearance of mention by name in the entire second season simply because his skill set is not as well suited to the shifted style. The shift is refreshing but apparent and a little forced, and on a kind of end note I won’t to mention something I’ve always adored about stand alone complex is how they always make weapons and fights seem powerful and destructive however the more macro vision of battle that usually prevails in the second season never really shows that same respect to the terrifying power of things like a single tank or even a machine-gun actually has in that unique way that Ghost in the shell had always done.
In the end I’m a little on the fence about the whole thing, most of it’s huge pluses start to wane at the end, plus the main story and characters ever never quite as appealing or shocking, a much better ending and a more illuminated world get it places, just I don’t know if they’re quiet as appealing as I had envisioned. I slide Ghost in the shell stand alone complex the 2 gig 4 megalomaniacs out of 5 plus the award for the most absurdly long name. Literally the name is longer then some of my sentences.
P.S Fun drinking game towards the end, take a drink every time someone mentions a nuclear bomb.
M: Mini review time! A little against form I read this little manga a while back, but recently I remembered it and felt like giving it a little bit of recognition, recently I went on vacation and read a interesting little piece called Mushishi a short collection of only loosely related stories following a mushishi, something I’ve yet to pronounce correctly and his little adventures hunting mushi, little vague explain bacteria that are the earliest forms of life blah blah bla blah, his explanation is tedious and explains very little besides well that they are responsible for anything not normal. Besides that there is no real core story besides that each story is unrelated besides that it’s the same main character at the helm, an interesting man to say the least who is clearly an anachronism, being in a trench coat and smoking a cigarette in what seems like feudal japan.
The good about it is also the bad with it, the series is slow and relaxing, no real tense rising action, it’s all low energy and nicely just enjoyable. The main character is defiantly fun to see what he will do at least early on. It is creative with its one trick, and it knows how to make something as boring as fantasy medicine essentially interesting. It’s not at all like a ground breaking form of fiction just mildly present time suck. The art I like a lot for a manga so it’s nice.
The reverse is the same it’s the same. Because there is No core story line there feels like zero reason to keep going, the effect begins to weaken
and near the end it feels like just you’re barreling through it just to say you finished it and move on to something with more depth. The main characters mysterious appeal begins to wear down when you realize it’s not that he is mysterious only because there is nothing to him, and the mushi trick of oh it’s just magic bacteria begins to wear away and become from pleasantly slow to long and tedious.
It’s a good read but having begun the second never finishing it it’s clear that a one volume thing would have be for the best. I advise a quick look and maybe you’ll like it more, but don’t feel odd when this begins to drive you mad, this little fun bit gets a 3.5 magic-micro-organisms out of 5
M: Alright been a while since I’ve done well anything, but after all this absence I bring you a review of something you can only
barely call anime, it is anime in the same way that a bull steak is the same as a cow stake. I give you! Dead Space: Downfall and spoiler alert it’s not completely terrible, not good but not actively bad. If you like dead space this is good news, if you don’t or just don’t play games guess what. Don’t read this review because you wont like this either, well regardless you probably won’t like it or dislike it my feelings literally are so dumb-foundingly middling I don’t know what to say.
Well I’m not going to tell you the plot of the dead space universe because if this review matters to you, you already know, basically ishimuria, planet cracking, bad one lines, marker, man-eating-space-zombie-monsters. Planet cracker (mining ship) Ishimuria heads to Agies 2 and mines it, but secretly to pick an artifact called the marker that
releases horrible man eating blah ba blah blah. However this story follows the deep dramatic human drama, toss it, just regular overly aware absurdly bad ass head of security Vincent and her team as they deal with the horrors and SPOILERS get systematically killed one by one along with the rest of the ship. Some other small story threads show up like the captain and the doctor from the game, surprisingly nothing from issic’s wife and a little planet side stuff and a bit of Unitology.
M: I feel as I enter the actual editorial section of this review I should prefaces it with the knowledge that I really like dead space, I watched this solely knowing dead space 2 is coming out, also with the inherent knowledge that this review has in mind that you like dead space, otherwise the movie is nothing more then a 2D time suck and plenty of anime is that already. This movie itself leaves little to talk about it’s not great or good or really anything. The bad is mostly a grand lack of well anything of quality, it reeks of a, meh, mindset of production due to the cold reality that it’s for fans and it doesn’t have to be good for fans to watch it.
Budget movie, think about it this way, I watched it on Netflix streaming, basically for free, if you paid money to be apart of this, thing. You have been fooled. I do say that the characters tend to lack much individuality on her team preferring to only show much of their character and personality in the five seconds before they bite it. When they do try to individualize them it comes off as interesting or well just bad. Or maybe it’s just my love of Keith David that makes me adore the character. I feel that it’s just or poor general guilty nothing you can remark on specifically. Short marginally boring and rather poorly looking sums up the negatives well.
The good elements are as equally difficult to categorize. If I was to say one thing that shot out at me I would say it’s that it does a great job of showing you and making you know just how uncomfortable and terrified every single character is at all times about that’s going on. Just the annunciation in everyone’s voice is extremely believable, You really get the appreciation that everyone involved is not happy about it and does not feel okay with what’s going on, even the main character who is absurdly self confident
and bossy seems honestly scared when faced with necromorphs. Another specific example if the anime movie showing a scene from the game in a different way that I thought was interesting. Other then that the only memorable scene is the end that actually sent a light shiver down my spine, but only specifically because of my love of the game did it mess with me to that extent. The goodness in it is that simply it doesn’t hash up too much from the game to just shove it in your face, but doesn’t really do much in general. It doesn’t fail, but then again it doesn’t really try.
Final string makes me feel exacerbated. I’m interested enough that I’d watch the second movie if it was on instant watch. Yes walking to my mailbox is too much to ask. I’m hard pressed to say I was even entertained by it. I continue to be excited about deadspace 2, and about the world of dead space in the many mediums it can be presented but my hint for you, stay out of anime. Western companies rarely do even okay jobs on it, its not going to work. Halo legends was only kind of fun because it was an anime first and halo second if you can’t think of it that way don’t even try. Dead Space you get a 2.5 screaming space minors out of 5 because you literally are as middle of the road as you can be. This has been M reminding you Hugs are better the man eating.
M: Ghost in the shell 2.O is a kind of neo-cyber punkish military/political commentary animated movie that places it in an odd position in my mind. It’s set in a future Japan where Tokyo is like a dirty version of Venice and apparently there is a large immigration problem for Japan. Most of the setting is kind of vague and left to the viewer to decipher so I can’t state much as fact aside from “Yo it’s the future where like people have robot parts and like cyborgs and stuff, and machineguns that make giant holes, mecha tanks and people can turn invisible and shizz. “ It focuses around a major who is also a cyborg lady and soldier for the ill defined 9who has a flare for the philosophical that, with the other members of Sector 9 (I think that was there name) after an unknown hacker known as the “puppet master.”
M: Okay the bad is kind of weird. The main issue that seemed to soil the whole experience for me a dropped it a full star was just the ending was so just jarringly bad and anti-climatic. So anti-climatic I totally thought that it was
a two parter and the credits were for the first part. I hate movies that don’t accept that they should have a real start and real end. I just want to say I paid near 20 bucks to see a movie not half a long movie! It’s not super hard I’ve seen a few episodes of the original Ghost in the shell and they all seemed like independent stories so it’s not like you can’t. I mean they even showed an Ocelotish ass character with zero lines and clearly portrayed him as a foreshadowing villain to the next movie and you don’t even really know who the bad guys in the movie are. It reminded me of the first episode of code geass. Another issue is that there isn’t much time spent learning about the characters because apparently the entirety of the budget was spent on pandering shots for the back drop. Oh god there are just some long pointless shots to the point at one time I thought my PS3 (which was playing it) froze AND I GOT UP TO TURN IT OFF before it changed. Also this is just me being complaining child some of the voices just don’t match and the main character is pretty unlikeable showing like zero emotions.
M: the good mostly is that it feels totally different from most things and has a good as F would say soul to it. The art direction is pretty darkish and illustrates a future I really don’t want to be a part of. I’m really interested in the politics of the world from the short snip-bits that they mention. Really I’m interested in the world more than the characters. All the weapons were really cool and interesting and I love that the one tank/mech thing in movie was
just fucking shit up with a heavy machinegun. Just a lot of cool looking stuff and art as well as a kind of interesting narrative even if it’s not executed not so well. A lot of the other characters that don’t get much screen time seem interesting and makes me look forward to cracking open the stand alone box set I got. It has a ton of promise and style but it just doesn’t seem long enough to merit how awesome it is. It is good, let me repeat that it is good, just it leaves a feeling of being cheated. Oh and to the barbarians out there and I guess F there are boobs in this enjoy.
M:less then the sum of its parts I guess you could say but it will defiantly make you want to see more, but the only reason why that’s acceptable is because there is more, but when stood alone it just doesn’t cut it and sinks in its own promise. It feels like a great advertisement for something far more awesome. This may be unfair but hay I paid for it so I want something worth the money giving this 3.5 Invisible naked women that live only in my mind out of 5.