Post Reply Preparation for The Ghost in the Shell movie (2017)?
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Posted 3/18/17
So I saw an email from crunchy roll about the new ghost in the shell movie. I like movies, and would be interested in seeing it, however I have never seen any ghost in the shell anime before. Where does this movie lie in the timeline, and what should I watch before going to see this movie?

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Posted 3/18/17 , edited 3/18/17
If it was talking about the live action movie, that is its own thing. it doens't directly follow any timeline.

For the rest of the Ghost in the Shell anime, there isn't a direct timeline.

Ghost in the Shell (original 1995 movie) ---> Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

GitS: Stand Alone Complex -----> GitS: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig -----> GitS: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Ghost in the Shell Arise -----> Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

Ghost in the Shell (live-action movie)

The first two movies directed by Mamoru Oshii follow each other. The Stand Alone Complex series is an alternate story separate from the movies. The Arise series is separate from both of them. Though for clarity, Arise has 4 short movies/OVAs that were then turned into the tv series Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture that adds more content. So you'd be fine just watching the TV series if you wanted and then watching Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie that came out in 2015.
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