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Moments like these, I’ll treasure forever!

August 31, 2007

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I don’t know about anyone else but for me, theres nothing like watching your favorite anime on a big TV screen with clear picture and perfect sound. To be fair I’m no spring chicken (I’m 20, *sob* so old!) and I even remember the days of watching anime on VHS thats been taped off late night cable tele from the 80’s. I do lurrvv the internet, I practically live on it, but it just doesn’t compare to watching it on your television.

Today I could finally afford to buy Ghost in the Shell; Stand Alone complex Solid State Society (limited edition, shiny tin, oh yeah!). I sat down and watched it, in my living room on a big(-ish) TV. I forgot how much I love doing this!!! I can’t do things by halves, I NEED perfect picture and sound quality, I NEED to be able watch without ‘buffing’, ‘low-res’ and the sound going out of sync. Most of all I love looking at all my DVDs that I have brought sitting on my shelf, staring out to the world with pride! I forced my self to wait for the DVD release just so I could enjoy the film in all its glory. It was so worth the wait, I sat in the dark with a big grin on my face. Thankfully my house mates weren’t in otherwise I would have seriously creeped them out lol.

The rest of the world had already seen it on the net, but I know it just wouldn’t have been the same if I had done. I feel so happy when I have just finished watching anime in its ‘purist’ form. Its not often I can afford dvds, being the poor student that I am, so its a huge treat for me. I know I’m rambling, but I’m still coming down from my euphoria :-D.
Now for the review bit….

Many mags have covered this dvd, but I’m going to review it anyway, so there! 2 years after Motoko Kusanagi has left Section 9 and despaired into the vast and infinite net. A series of suspicious suicides draws the attention of section 9, a new super hacker emerges; ‘The Puppeteer’. Togusa, Batou and Co, must discover who is behind all this, no one is above suspicion, including The Major.

To start off, the box is beautiful, all sliver and tin like, its just lovely! Now the anime quality is top notch, still in the same style of the TV series but the bar has been pushed slightly with drops of CG. Its no Ghost in the Shell 2; Innocence, but it doesn’t need to be if your a fan of the series. Unlike the name suggests, its not a stand alone film, you do need to watch 2nd Gig to understand whats going on. Do not start out with this if your new to the franchise, you will be left feeling like the only person not dressed up at a cosplay picnic. If your already a seasoned fan, you’ll feel like your part of the cool group at school cos u get all the nods to previous films and TV plot lines. Its a great story, kept me on edge (I bit my nails!!) and I felt rewarded and ready for 3rd Gig at the end of it all.

I would have liked to have seen more of the Tachikoma’s and the strong emotion that was created at the end of each of the series but then again, we can’t have everything. One thing that I really did love about this was the music, wonderful mixture of Italian singing that we are used to along with a few cool new techno tunes. I’m crawling the net as we speak for the OST.

So there it is on my shelf in chronological order, shining in the light. I’m so proud of my new ‘baby’.

P.s yes its friday night and yes I’m cooing over my dvds instead of going out with mates. Am I a sad git? Yes……..

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