Review: Innocence

Whew! Ariesna & I just got back from watching Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence. Unfortunately, it was playing at what’s arguably the worst theater in town but that’s a topic for another day. This is one movie that I’m going to have to rewatch a few times before I get a real handle on it. Innocence has so many layers of complexity that it can be somewhat difficult to follow what the film maker was trying to accomplish. There’s some deep thinking going on in the film both about what is reality and where we draw the line between what is human and what’s not. So the story has a definite heaviness to it that I wasn’t really in the mood for but it is something that I want to see again when I can watch it more at my leisure.

As for the animation, it was top notch but there were a couple of scenes where the blending of 2D & 3D animation didn’t quite mess right and it made the characters feel like cardboard cut-outs in a grocery store. Overall though the visuals were excellent and the movie had a good flow to it.

On a side note: Batou’s dog is too cool. 🙂

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Yes, but the inevitable question: how did it compare to the original?

Personally, I preferred the original GitS for its faster pace. Also, the story in the original is much easier to follow the first time through; though I think Innocence is likely to grow on me the more I watch it.

Battou’s dog is waaaaayyyyy cool. I love the scene where Battou lifts his ears out of the food bowl. 🙂

If you want a recommendation for some great anime, anything from Cowboy Bebop is top notch stuff.

Thanks for the recommendation, but I’ve actually already seen all of Bebop. I loved the series and now am using it to build my brother’s interest in Anime.

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