Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence continues the storyline a couple of years after the first movie ended. Major Motoko Kusanagi has disappeared and only Batou, a Cybord police officer who works for the special brigade Section 9, has a clue of what has happened to her. When a couple of people get killed by their “gynoids” (sex robots), Section 9 starts investigating the matter as several of the victims have political ties and terrorism might be a reason for the actions. Batou and his new partner Togusa find out that the gynoids apparently have gotten a soul, something that should never be possible…
Sound and Vision:
The image is very good and looks awesome due to the combination of 3D environments and 2D characters. Everything looks slick and it’s a real joy to watch this anime.
The DVD comes with a Japanese DTS track which I preferred over the English 5.1 sound. To be honest, I had hoped for some more punch but the track does give a subtle moody atmosphere. Good stuff after all.
– Audio Commentary with director Mamoru Oshii
– Making Of: 20 minutes of footage where you get to see several of the crew talk about their work with Oshii combined with footage from the movie as well as some footage from Cannes where the movie was part of the official selection (although it didn’t win)
– Face to Face interview with Director Mamoru Oshii: short feature where we get to see the director talk about the ideas behind Ghost in the Shell 2
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence nicely picks up where the first movie ended and combines the well-known action with a ton of philosophical questions that are raised when man combines his mind with technology. A great subject that already made Ghost in the Shell an icon in the anime industry and this sequel will only make it even bigger. A-Film has done a nice job on the image and sound quality but the extras are a bit disappointing in my opinion. Still, definitely a DVD worth checking out if you’re even only remotely a fan of anime