2004/09/17

Ghost in the Shell

I didn't get around to posting yesterday. Oh, well, its not like anyone comes here but me when I want to refresh my memories of my pretty, new blog. Today's post is going to be about anime, the anime Ghost in the Shell and its new sequel, and Cyberpunk. In that order.

I'm not obsessed with anime. Really. I know people that are way more into it. I don't even own any wallscrolls. That doesn't mean I don't want to, but it just shows I think there are more important things to spend my money on. Although, I was recently surprised when I decided to catalog my anime in a program I found called Anime Databank. Its good for keeping track of what you have, and in my case putting into perspective how much you actually have. Turns out I've got about 28 different series and movies. The majority of the series aren't complete, and I haven't even watched most of this stuff. Yeah, not obsessed, just a fan. If you're looking for new anime or want info on a name you've heard but don't know anything about the Anime News Network's anime encyclopedia is a good place to look. If you're looking to download some anime, the best place to start is a.scarywater.net, and Anime Suki. Everything you find there is a fansub which means this stuff has never been licensed in the United States. Fans of the shows actually translate and subtitle the shows themselves, and as soon as something is licensed in the States, they stop distributing it. To download from these places you'll need a BitTorrent client. I keep hearing BitTornado is the best. I usually let eDonkey2000 take care of my torrents as well as my file sharing.

On to Ghost in the Shell. It is a classic movie. Most of the critics(adults/parents) don't look past the nudity and violence, but when you do the movie is very thought provoking, and says a lot about the "blurring line between man and machine." Very cyberpunk. One thing that really caught my attention was when the hacker The Puppet master quotes 1 Corinthians 13 through the main charachter, Major Motoko Kusanagi. I don't know the quote from the movie off the top of my head, but here's the bible verse from the New Kings James version: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12
The sequel to the movie, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence hits American theaters today. I am defenitely going. Not many anime are shown in US theaters, and this will be my first. Maybe I'll post when I get back, but like I said, I know no one reads this so I may not bother. Another excelent cyberpunk anime is Armitage III.

Cyberpunk is a rather dark, science fiction view of the future. The main topic is technology's affect on mankind's future. The Matrix trilogy has heavy influence from cyberpunk movies and literature, including Ghost in the Shell. There's quite a bit to read about the genre here at the cyberpunk project. This post is already getting quite long, but you can be assured I'll be talking about cyberpunk a lot more. One thing that can't go withot saying though, is that William Gibson is the father of cyberpunk and the book Neuromancer is its bible. (keep it on the d.l. but you can download the book at the cyberpunk project) I'm not just saying this for PR, but I legitimately believe you should buy this book. I had to get it for my Science Fiction class in high school, and out of all of those books this is the only one I've read multiple times. There's a documentary/interview about William Gibson called No Maps For These Territories. After seven months (yes, I'm that patient) it finally finished downloading. Depending on how much reading I get done for class, I might watch it before I head off to the only theater in the state of Colorado showing GiTS2: Innocence tonight.

Another note of interest, the first short story to ever use the word cyberpunk is also available at the cyberpunk project. But, yeah, time to do some Data Structures.

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