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Motoko Kusanagi by Underseaspots Motoko Kusanagi by Underseaspots
Every year comes that special evening where you have to watch "Ghost in the Shell" again and draw the Major. This is my fan art dedicated to the most amazing animated sequence ever made. The Major Motoko Kusanagi vs the Spider Tank.

Do you like the original Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the shell? Let me know!

Made only with Photoshop!

Thanks!

Check out my new Ghost in the Shell fan art!
Ghost in the Shell fan art + time lapse by Underseaspots
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sangenjin Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I feel the most significant detail that you have captured here so we'll is the majors eyes, the same unwavering and unflinching look that she had throughout most of the movie.
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NihonFreakMB Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Oshii's Ghost in the Shell. Great job capturing the tone and tension here.

If you like GITS, you absolutely must track down Mamoru Oshii's earlier Patlabor movies. They have a more serious tone than the show, for sure. Oshii's trademark pacing, direction, art/background painting tone and composition full of oppressively cluttered urban environments, etc are all there, as well as great mechanical design and tense action sequences. I've seen two of the three. 

The storyline of Patlabor 2 in particular is eerie in its predictive nature (It's set in 2002). I could not believe how old those films were when watching them, not only due to incredible technical achievement, but in relevance to modern times. Storylines are related to terrorism, malicious software updates in OSs (hard to even articulate in 1988 and 1993), false positives nearly leading to warfare due to over-reliance on electronics, war profiteering, and so on. Also, a running theme is an indictment of the First World's exploitation of the Third World, leading to a great deal of moral complexity (Oshii also explores this in GITS 2: Innocence).

Sadly, the Patlabor films were overlooked in favor of Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995) at the time. Neither one makes much sense without having read their respective manga. All three franchises require prior knowledge of their series to make much sense of the movies, so it's unclear why Patlabor wasn't brought over for so long.

Ghost in the Shell was predictive of future technological capabilities at a time when the Internet barely existed, but that's thanks to Masamune-sensei's writing. Shirow Masamune is a great futurist, but a terrible mangaka. Blecch. It's lucky that directors like Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii, and even people like John Woo (in the case of Appleseed's first revival) and yes, even Rupert Sanders have breathed life into his works.
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Senfgas Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Wow wow wow hold up;

How the FUCK did Oshii "breathe life" into Shirow's works? He completely gutted the characters, glossed over the plot, amputated the exposition, and replaced all the world-building, all the humor and all the levity with elongated scenes of moody visuals. He REMOVED all the life from the source material on purpose, and that purpose wasn't worth it.

What Oshii added to GitS was a cool neo-noir sense of existential wonder, but that's not life, that's just a style. Not one that's superior to Shirow's style I might add. 

Also GitS isn't Shirow at his best; it's got big flaws (clunky-ass exposition, lack of focus, underdeveloped background characters etc) but it's already pretty great and most of his other manga are even better, so calling him "a terrible mangaka" is flat-out wrong, even his shitty posty-95 CGI works aren't bad enough for you to say that. If you want moral complexity, read the manga again, the characters in Oshii's version of GitS are too flat to be morally judged, they're just puppets, and the socio-political situation isn't as fleshed out. 

What GitS needed was a 6-part OVA from Sanctuary with smoothed-out storytelling and slightly more compelling plot developments, it didn't need Oshii to turn it into post-punk coffee-and-cigs navel-gazing wank fodder to the point where all subsequent adaptations have failed to live up to either the manga or the movie because they tried too hard to be like both at once.

Appleseed's different cause the first OVA adaptation was already subpar, but there's no excuse for mediocre CG animation, that alone prevents even the most skilled director from "breathing life" into Appleseed, which is a great manga in its own right. 
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional Artist
Hey, I see you're really passionate about science fiction! unfortunately I have to admit, I have not a complete knowledge of Shirow's work. My imprinting with Ghost in the Shell came when I was a teenager with an old VHS passed by a friend. Since then, my imagery about it was completely kidnapped by the interpretation of Mamoru Oshii and the adaptation work that was made in occident of the screenplay. In any case I will try to recover as soon as possible the texts and drawings of Masamune and see how much content I lost :)

As for the series of Patlabor, I only saw the second film and I noticed that how it was so well cared for and full of content, that I could hardly believe was a simple animated feature, then over the years I realized how they can take things seriously in Japan especially in terms of animation. Damn! now you made me want to recover the other two.
Thanks for your comment and your suggestions!
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Senfgas Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Nobody has a complete knowledge of Shirow's work, there's a bunch of obscure fanzine-published stories and unpublished manga sequel material that have been lost, and then there's a lot of untranslated artbooks and a couple of hard-boiled manga that were released only in digital format; it'd be a total pain to track it all down, let alone translate it. 

Also Patlabor 2 has got to be the least thrilling techno-thriller of all time, which makes sense considering that it's just supposed to be a tableau of the XX century's failures with no dramatic tension whatsoever. There's way way more to Patlabor than just that and you should totally get into the series and OVAs.
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tkdrobert Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional Artist
Thank you very much!
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dr12002610 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Nice job!
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Professional Artist
Thanks man!
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dr12002610 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! ^^
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
absolute classic scene, and you've painted it so well! :eager:
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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satoleon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Splendido lavoro!

P.S. Anche io me lo riguardo almeno una volta all'anno:) (Smile) 
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Professional Artist
Grazie!

Effettivamente si tratta, più di un film animato, proprio di una perla del cinema stesso!
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dluu13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
This is nice
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Underseaspots Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you appreciate it! :)
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dluu13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
well, it is one of my favourite scenes in anime :D
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