After watching the new Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime, I got to feeling nostalgic about the original manga by Shirow Masamune, the visionary illustrator, mecha designer and manga-ka who created the original manga that inspired Mamoru Oshii’s incredible 1995 film…then went on to create some of the sexiest artbooks we’ve ever seen. I remembered J-List used to sell a bilingual Ghost in the Shell manga, with both Japanese and English printed on the page, so that fans and students could enjoy both languages at the same time. It was especially popular because, unlike the U.S. release, it preserved the nudity of the original work without censorship. I wondered if the manga was still in print, and guess what? It was, and we have it in stock now!
The Ghost in the Shell bilingual manga is a classic, translating the entire original manga work without making any changes, including preserving the nudity. It features both languages on the page, so you can view and compare both languages as you like, in order to better understand the story. It features a translation by Frederik L. Schodt.
When contemplating the Ghost in the Shell franchise, this is the starting point. From here we got the epic 1995 movie that inspired The Matrix, the legendary two Stand Alone Complex series, the 2004 Innocence film, a new movie and Arise (which seemed to have difficulty reaching fans), and now the new Netflix SAC_2045 series, which has caused some drama because it’s a 100% CGI work, though I found it enjoyable. Which is your favorite part of the saga?
Thanks for reading this post on the Ghost in the Shell bilingual manga. It’s in stock on the site now!
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