Ghost in the Shell

Koukaku Kidoutai

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In the year 2029, Niihama City has become a technologically advanced metropolis. Due to great improvements in cybernetics, its citizens are able to replace their limbs with robotic parts. The world is now more interconnected than ever before, and the city's Public Security Section 9 is responsible for combating corruption, terrorism, and other dangerous threats following this shift towards globalization. The strong-willed Major Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9 spearheads a case involving a mysterious hacker known only as the "Puppet Master," who leaves a trail of victims stripped of their memories. Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master's body is almost entirely robotic, giving them incredible power. As Motoko and her subordinates follow the enigmatic criminal's trail, other parties—including Section 6—start to get involved, forcing her to confront the extremely complicated nature of the case. Pondering about various philosophical questions, such as her own life's meaning, Motoko soon realizes that the one who will provide these answers is none other than the Puppet Master themself.

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English: Ghost in the Shell
Japanese: GHOST IN THE SHELL(攻殻機動隊)
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 18, 1995
Producers: Bandai Visual, Kodansha
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Mecha, Police, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Duration: 1 hr 22 min
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: Dual Audio

Encoder's Notes

Since this is the main GITS movie, I’m gonna post the watch order here.

You start with the OG movies, watch these no matter what:

>Ghost in the Shell 
>Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 

The original 1995 movie has a 2008 remake called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (don’t confuse it with Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence) which can totally be skipped since it somehow manages to look worse than the original.

Next up is Stand Alone Complex series:

>Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 
>Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG 
>Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. Solid State Society 

Apart from these, there are two recap movies, The Laughing Man and Individual Eleven, which can also be skipped. They do include some extra scenes but nothing too important.

Then we have the Arise movie series:

>border 1: Ghost Pain
>border 2: Ghost Whispers
>border 3: Ghost Tears
>border 4: Ghost Stands Alone
>border 5: Pyrophoric Cult
>Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

Arise also has a TV series adaptation, called Arise Alternative Architecture, which is just a compilation of the movies with a few extra scenes. You’re better off watching the movies.

Finally, we have the latest installment in the series:

>Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045
>Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 2nd Season

This honestly feels like a cashgrab at this point, made worse by fully 3DCG animation which seems to be a thing for Netflix shows. The 2nd Season isn’t out yet but has been confirmed.

Judgement is apparently almost done with the v3 of their GITS release. I’ll do an updated encode based on that. If you’re new to the series, I’ll recommend waiting a bit more.




Mitsuhisa Ishikawa – Producer
Shigeru Watanabe – Producer
Mamoru Oshii – Director
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi – Sound Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Making of a Cyborg” Kenji Kawai
ED1: Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai


A classic full of philosophical ideas that will bend your mind and make you fear for the future ahead.


Are we even real


A philosophical deep dive into what it means to be human. Incredibly influential on the sci-fi genre and on movies like the matrix.


It’s basically anime’s Blade Runner. A lot of cool themes beneath the surface of a great action movie.


it’s Ghost in the Shell we all know you gotta watch it even if you don’t like it.


Classic. A must watch. Great intro to cyberpunk.


A landmark in animation, explorations into what makes humans human, and proof that robots can be hot.



    I make bad encodes and whine about subs and if I'm feeling particularly memey, I make bad subs too!