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Koukaku Kidoutai  
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In a near future, technology has firmly taken root into society at large. Cybernetic implants are nothing uncommon and robots roam as plentiful as humans, all connected through their "ghosts" to the electronic datastreams of the net. Major Kusanagi Motoko and the Public Security Section 9 find themselves in a constant battle with the newly created wave of technological terrorists and cyber-hackers. But things take a turn once Motoko gets involved in a certain case involving an extremely dangerous "ghost" hacker nicknamed the Puppeteer, as she dives deeper and deeper into the limitless reality of the net, to reach her own startling conclusions.


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Associated Names
Ghost in the Shell
Kōkaku Kidōtai
The Ghost in the Shell
Призрак в доспехах

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (240 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 13th 2017, 12:02am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Magazine (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (1 Volume - Complete; Digital)

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Monthly Pos #1382 increased(+93)
3 Month Pos #2228 increased(+477)
6 Month Pos #3163 increased(+411)
Year Pos #3574 increased(+651)

List Stats
On 191 reading lists
On 401 wish lists
On 560 completed lists
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Favorite Character's? over 8 years ago
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Its decent, not great...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
September 3rd, 2012, 12:51am
Love the movies and anime series. They obviously distilled pieces of this manga (and the second one, "Man Machine Interface") to make the movies and the show. However, its nothing like the animated works. In those section 9 and its members are more professional and the Major is always calm, cool and collected. The Major kinda starts off personality wise more like Deunan from the Appleseed manga (also from Shirow Masamune), though she does start to evolve more into the Major that we know and love. There's the typical manga goofiness that you find for humor here, which is absent from the animes. It is a bit disjointed and rough as it feels more like short stories that don't connect well together. The Major's acceptance of the Puppeteer's offer doesn't seem plausible as not much of a reason is given for it. It seems more impulsive than anything else, while in the movie both her and the Puppeteer were lacking something and would gain from each other. Its still an entertaining series and people who are not familiar with the animes might enjoy it more than those of us who saw the movies and shows first. It feels like a rough draft or blue print for what came later and for a fan that is interesting to see but I can't rate this a 9 or 10.
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by mono-sama
July 24th, 2009, 6:59am
IMO, this is the only manga EVER that is actually worse than the anime that it spawned.
the mood is completely different... the story seems a bit disjointed. worth a read for historical purposes i suppose
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Excellent, involving manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PitylessEnvy
January 17th, 2009, 3:41pm
One of the greatest manga I have ever read. A must read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi/philosophical manga.

Although, I have to admit that some of the story is a bit hard to digest at times due to all the different political parties and technologies that exist in this manga. But it certainly helps immerse you in a believable world. Also, I was a bit put off by the character designs, but once I got over that, I had no complaints.

All in all, a very enjoyable manga.
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