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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


April 6, 2005 12:01 AM PST

sacv4box.jpgAfter a long email discussion GPL ASP loophole, sparked by a silly article about Sun Microsystems knocking the GPL, I wanted to get into something a little lighter.

I've watched the first two DVDs of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex recently and really like the series. The original movie is a must-see, but I didn't like the second movie (Innocence) as much. Stand Alone Complex is a TV series that tackles the same issues of consciousnes with an overarching plot that is tied together by each individual episode. The virtual cinematography is incredible and the vision of the future is so ingrained in the story, they don't even bother to explain it. Here's a well written review of the first DVD.

While various networks have become deeply rooted,
and thoughts have been sent out as light
and electrons in a singular direction,
this era has yet to digitize/computerize to the degree necessary
for individuals to become a single complex entity.

What they're saying (and the wikipedia link explains this more) is that not only are artificial intelligences forming (as we saw in Ghost in the Shell), but the next evolution is for complex intelligence formed from multiple individuals. I've only seen the first 8 episodes, but I can totally see the story arc going this way.

Comments (3)

John, April 6, 2005 01:03 AM:

We probably should have blogged that GPL discussion. I think most of it was suitable for general consumption.

I already have the first disk of Stand Alone Complex in my queue, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I've come to think that my brain just isn't compatible with Anime. I was totally lost in Ghost in the Shell Innocence.

J, April 6, 2005 01:10 AM:

The GPL discussion got into related issues with each of our respective companies, so I don't see it working.

Innocence was totally confusing, but beautiful. The big drawback was that it didn't contain the Major. Stand Alone Complex is cool because it's basically half hour cop show. The team has a specific crime to solve each episode, so it's pretty straightforward. Many of the episodes also tie together in a larger story. The cool thing is that they just drop you in this world. So it's like law and order or something and then they're just like "yeah, that that guys likes to change bodies with chicks sometimes". It's definitely a whole world they've envisioned.

John, July 5, 2005 02:08 PM:

Update: I'm through the first 4 DVDs of SAC now and I'm impressed. Apparently there is a narrow range of Anime that I am compatible with. This is really good, I'm totally pulled in.

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