“Ghost in the Shell” reads in a way that blasts past the Wiki generation and into long-form historical expedition. While not everyone wants to learn about anime history through the 1980s-1990s, this is a slice of history. It’s a look at when Eastern animation took over the West and what had to work to make it happen. I appreciate the endeavor, but I still feel like this could’ve been paired with another book to make for a larger affair. Coming from an academic setting, I own several short-form books on important subjects. I love them and I still carry them around years after the fact.

It’s just that there was so much hanging in the wind that I wanted to learn more. Oh well, I can want all I want. I still enjoyed the book.


  • Andrew Osmond
  • 119 pages
  • Arrow Books


  • 91%
    Book Score - 91%

The Plot Thus Far

A science fiction classic that was largely overlooked on release, Ghost in the Shell has grown in stature with the support of such Hollywood fans as James Cameron and the Wachowskis, and in 2017 was controversially remade as a live-action spectacular, starring Scarlett Johansson. Anime expert Andrew Osmond focuses on the original 1995 film, tracing the paths of the Japanese talents who came together to make it, including the visionary and maverick director, Mamoru Oshii, as well as the original manga creator, Masamune Shirow, and how their different sensibilities came together.

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