Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is an action-heavy sequel to a once-thoughtful anime. The Netflix series picks up after Stand Alone Complex, for better or worse. After a global financial crisis, the world is engulfed in an AI-driven “sustainable war.” It’s up to Section 9 to counter new forms of cyber threats. It gets a rating of 5.9 on IMDB.which makes him quite interesting to watch.
A jazzy opening sequence shows every inch of cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi being built — emphasis on every inch. After one too many gratuitous angles of Major’s naked body, Ghost in the Shell gets to the main event every fan has been praying for. That’s right, it’s time for a text crawl.
A series of slides explain that in the year 2045 America launched something known as a sustainable war. But instead of working together to make the world at large more sustainable, every nation only looked out for itself. In this new future, both paper and digital currency have crumbled and humans are on the brink of extinction. That’s the world Major and her crime-fighting unit are seeking to salvage.
SAC_2045 follows every anime fan’s favorite cyborg, Major Motoko Kusanagi (voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in Japanese / Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in English). Based on the manga of the same name the series sees Major and her crew stuck in the middle of the war for sustainability. While nations continue to wage war and civilians pillage and kill, Major’s Public Security Section 9 is responsible for maintaining the peace. And one of the coolest ways they do that is by talking through their technological connection, or “cyberbrains.
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Despite some other reviews, this series is entertaining and a nice shot of something different (and yet familiar). I watched the original GHOST SAC ages ago and forget basically all of it, so I am coming at this without any nostalgia or planted expectations.
It was kind of meh until episode 5, but held my attention building the world and political situation. During and after episode 5 it quickly escalated into what I can only describe as a “hacked cyber brain”, in that it feels a bit like you’re tripping on some sort of future brain drug. If you’re looking for a roller coaster of bite-sized emotions it’s a good source.