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A big disappointment...
on June 29, 2006
I was eager to watch this movie after enjoying Ghost in the Shell 1. But unfortunately I was very disappointed.
For one thing, the subtitles are awful. Usually I enjoy subtitles, I much prefer them over English-dubbed anime, but the subtitles on this DVD are absurd. Dialogue is preceeded by the name of the the character who's speaking--as if I couldn't tell!--and we also see subtitles like [metallic creaking noise] and [voices singing in Japanese] as if people who don't speak Japanese are also deaf. I found these subtitles annoying enough for to affect my enjoyment of the movie.
Another thing I didn't like is the combo of CGI and traditional animation. I know many people do like this format very much, but it's not for me. I much prefered the animation in the first movie. To me, seeing obviously computer-generated elements superimposed over the animation just looks out of place and is distracting. The artists who did the work on the animation for both movies are more than talented enough; it only distracts from their superb art to throw computer graphics in there.
Lastly, the content itself...I just don't think there was enough material there to make another movie. The same sort of philosophical ramblings that made the first movie fresh and interesting to me seem boring here when repeated over and over again. And I think there is more of these discussions in this movie, and less action.
The section where the two main characters make a visit to the hacker's mansion was a little bit too trippy for me. And when that confusing head trip was over, I realized that the story hadn't even moved forward. It just seemed to be placed there so the characters could have another philosophical ramble afterward.
All in all, I was very disappointed with this movie. Die-hard fans of the Ghost in the Shell universe will enjoy it I'm sure, but for a casual anime-watcher like me, it's just too much work to slog through it for too little rewards.