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Set in the 21st century, Ghost in the Shell is superficially a futuristic spy thriller, dealing with the exploits of Motoko Kusanagi, a major in the covert operations organization "Section 9," which specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Kusanagi herself is almost completely mechanized, a human brain in an artificial body, capable of superhuman feats, and specialized for her job. The setting of Ghost in the Shell is distinctively cyberpunk, similar to that of William Gibson's sprawl trilogy, though Shirow's work is more focused on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology, the development of artificial intelligence, and an omnipresent computer network, in particular related to human identity and uniqueness. The manga, in particular, tackles these questions head on, as Kusanagi and her colleagues face both external threats and puzzles, and internal conflict over their own nature, being more machines than humans.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex comes on Adult Swim.
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An anime film based on the manga by Masamune Shirow.

Shows a world in which the lines between the virtual and real worlds are heavily blended, and many people are now cyborgs.
Ghost in the Shell was hailed as one of the influences for the Matrix
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Very stylish anime set in a future where the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds are blurred, and hence the concept of existence too.

In this world where bodies are interchangable you are generally considered a person if you have a "ghost line"; special code that cannot be artifically created.

The comic discussed different kinds of intelligence and had a fair amount of political commentary. The final appendix opened the very real idea that major Kusanagi, the lead role, must have died along time ago by being copied.

Heavily influenced by Bladerunner, the first ever Cyberpunk novel and arguably the first ever science fiction novel.
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