Ghost in the Shell vs. The Matrix

Entry #501, Tue, October 10, 2000, 12:29 EST (Movies)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
Ghost in the Shell. What a brilliant bit of anime. First time I saw it was freshman year (Simon, my roommate second semester freshman year, had it) and I was just awed. It's probably one of the main reasons I seriously got interested in anime. Then several years later comes The Matrix. I also really enjoyed that movie. The next time I watched Ghost in the Shell after seeing The Matrix I was surprised to notice several similarities that I'd not noticed when I first saw The Matrix. So today I find this in the slashdot quickies section: Scene by Scene comparison of Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix. It's rather good, it points out quite a few things I didn't notice (it also has spoilers so be warned if you've not seen both movies). I'm now positive that The Matrix was, to a good degree, inspired by Ghost in the Shell. I think I need to watch Ghost in the Shell again soon. And all of you that haven't seen it yet... go watch it! It's awesome! It's very well drawn, it's rather surreal, and it's just beyond description by mere mortals like myself.
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