Stream it or skip it?

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Lasting War is actually a two-hour supercut from the first season of Ghost in the shell: SAC_2045a series launched two years ago on Netflix as part of the Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex chronology. It’s meant to condense an entire season of a series into a kind of recap.

This means you could possibly watch the movie instead of the original show to catch up before starting a new season. Or you can just watch it to relive your favorite moments from the past season. He does his work on that front, but he begs the question: why does this have to exist and why does he sometimes rearrange the series of events introduced in the series? It’s a confusing release that doesn’t make much sense at the moment, and while it serves its purpose, it doesn’t really need to exist.

And yet it is – in all its awful CG glory, with the same unattractive character designs we saw when the series debuted. That hasn’t changed (thankfully the voice cast is returning), but who exactly was it for?

The essential: The film, which is an amalgamation of the first season of Ghost in the shell: SAC_2045 animated series, set 11 years later Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society. In the year 2045, the world as we know it has been placed in a state of “sustained war”, with the threat of AI eventually wiping out all of humanity remaining on the periphery of public consciousness.

What does that mean? Essentially, after an economic catastrophe known only as the “simultaneous global default” destroyed the value of all forms of currency as we know them, the “Big 4” nations of the world simply remain locked in a state of endless war at any time. . This, in turn, keeps the economy running as best it can.

Major Motoko Kusanagi (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), Batou (Richard Epcar), Togusa (Crispin Freeman), Ishikawa (Michael McCarty) and the rest of Public Safety Section 9 are now mercenaries working as contractors in the group “GHOST”. But when a strange series of beings called “Post Humans” start popping up all over the world, former leader Daisuke Aramaki (William Knight) must bring the gang together for a Section 9 reunion that will have to figure out the plot behind everything. post-humans emerging to cause destruction across the world.

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What movies will this remind you of? : Despite its jarring art style and odd character design choices, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Lasting War is part of the biggest ghost in the shell universe. So there’s no doubt that this will conjure up the better, more cinematic bits of the GITS puzzle, like the original movie or Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. But more than the movies, it reminds much better Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complexdesigned with traditional animation and retaining classic character designs for Major Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa, Ishikawa, and the rest of the gang.

Performance to watch:: Richard Epcar reprises his role as Batou, one of Section 9’s best and brightest. He’s been giving Batou his gruff but relatable personality for years, and he returns with the same enthusiasm to voice the character in this film . Not only does it make Batou sound like the older partner everyone would want to work with, but it does a great job breathing life into a character who has been a mainstay in the ghost in the shell story for a while. Considering his long list of voice credits, it’s good to see he’s still as capable now as he was years ago when he debuted. It’s so nice to hear it again with the rest of the crew.

Memorable dialogue: “The way I see it, the more party people here, the merrier.” During an exchange of fire, Batou lets slip this invaluable lining. It’s a lot more puns than he would normally like to use, and that’s why his clever phrasing stays with you. He’s exceptionally cheerful right now, but you can probably put that down to being reunited with Section 9 and the people he enjoys working with after so long.

Sex and skin: While Major Kusanagi’s original costume, as seen in The loneliness complex was a bit of a tell-all, her new look leaves a lot more to the imagination. As such, there’s less skin and no real sex to be seen here.

Our opinion : There’s nothing inherently bad about this movie, but there’s no real reason for it to exist. It’s mediocre at best. While it does a pretty good job of condensing the anime series into a cohesive whole, it also takes liberties with the source material that often don’t make sense. The way it rearranges the events that took place in the series doesn’t make sense, and trying to dilute hours of content in half seems like a wild ride.

The result is a CGI take on what could easily have been a traditional animated entry in the Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex continuity. It looks like what’s been created in the past, but just like with the show on Netflix, it’s more like a cheap, watered down version of what we’ve seen in the past. The new character designs aren’t conducive to giving us the versions of Section 9 we know and love, the animation is jerky and while the voice acting is fantastic, the script leaves a lot to be desired.

There is no new season of the series yet, and ghost in the shell is a nuanced property that you really want to spend as much time as possible learning about its characters and world without ignoring all the references and callbacks.

Our call: SKIP. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Lasting War is a retread of content that you’ve probably seen if you’re a fan of the ghost in the shell series as it is. It doesn’t add anything to the story you haven’t already seen on the show, and actually subtracts some of the more intimate character-building segments, such as those seen with Togusa and other section members. 9. If you want to see the full story, just go watch Ghost in the shell: SAC_2045 and you will be more fulfilled in the end. And if you need something to hold you over until next season, just go back and rewatch the original. ghost in the shell movies. You will end up being more fulfilled this way.

Brittany Vincent has covered video games and technology for over a decade for publications such as G4, Popular Science, Playboy, Variety, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, GameSpot, and more. When she’s not writing or gaming, she collects retro consoles and technology. Follow her on Twitter: @MolotovCupcake.

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