Post Reply Watched through all of ARISE in one go
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I have always liked ghost in the shell, although I never thought it was the best in a general sense, mostly because of the overly complicated plot with all the 20 different government agencies. I prefer stories that are deep but not necessarily complex.
However, I do like intricate world building, Ghost in the shell definately has that, and even more so in the manga as I've heard, which is why I just got the manga. It's crazy how much this guy thought about the future in the year 1984, especially with "the net" and the questions on human consciousness in relation to AI and computers.
When I watched ARISE, even though I know it reuses many of the settings as the original series, movies and manga. For some reason I didn't buy into this world as much, probably because of the few years of gap since I watched any of the originals? In any case, some of these problems definitely stood out this time.

1- If it's so easy and so common to disable terrorists by plugging into their ports with either that box thing or direct route, how come they never just block their ports? It makes no sense it's like robbing a bank with a pair of handcuffs already locked on one of your wrists and be like, here, come catch me. Sure some of these guys are armatures so they probably didn't know but many of them are experts in the fields. They even have these ports somewhat exposed on those big mecha tanks. Couldn't they just have the ports on the inside of the cockpit?

If I were a terrorist I'd just make fake plugs and wire them to a high voltage power source and when the protagonist tries to connect to me she just gets fried purely through high voltage, without bypassing any of the barrier software. Or maybe I'll just set my limbs to explode whenever I get connected. You see the problem here is just how predictable it is, when you do something the same way every single time, you will be easily exploited.

2- it's totally not clear what can and cannot be done through hard wiring, sometimes people can be remotely hacked and controlled completely wirelessly while other times they can't touch people even through direct connection. In the original It is established that some top class hackers can hack vision wirelessly, but not outright take control over people. Also the laughing man wouldn't be of a surprise at all if the events in ARISE already took place. What's so surprising after it has been shown that hackers can remotely control the fucking military to do whatever he wants?

3- I know it looks like this in the manga but now with over 20 years of actual graphical UI design experience under our belt, we should know better than to use circular windows only to have information presented in square format within those windows. What a waste of screen estate... Sure they probably don't take up any vision space, in theory, but it's shown to be literally drawn on top of their visual field. It's just inconsistent in contrast to other not so terrible UI design ideas.

4- Why don't they just put a giant bomb in the coffin instead of this senseless "mobile mine" thing? Just blow up as soon as it opens up. Much cheaper, bigger boom, more effective. Better still, why not put a giant bomb INSIDE of the actual coffin? So they can't get traced back!

5- Even Togusa can be hacked now? I thought the whole point of having him in the team is that he can't be hacked.

6- It is apparently not possible to disconnect your car from the internet, or to disconnect yourself from the internet. Even though it is shown to be possible when they were transporting the robot lady's head. Also they apparently have to way to block communication to a satellite. They can't just put the guy in a metal box?
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I also like ARISE.
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ARISE is a reboot, so it's not going to have continuity with any of its other iterations or their universes. Piled on that it took GitS on a science fantasy spin, so that side of it isn't going to make sense either. The only logic behind whether or not something was possible was how cool it would be, not its theoretical feasibility or plot consistency.

That didn't sit well with me, after the first two OVAs I don't think I'll end up watching any more.
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CKD-Anime wrote:

I also like ARISE.


LOL...yeah me too. I seriously thought that is what the topic was going to be about before I actually read the first post.
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