Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone


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Reviewed by Derek Childs (totalovrdose) 7/10

The fourth border (episode) in the Arise series, opens with spiritedChristmas carols, sung on decorated streets, while, at the same time, amob of protesters angrily voice their opinions at the partnership of amassive technology company and a water supplier. Aramaki, whose voice,again, proves difficult to acclimatize to after having being serenadedby his aging dialogue in previous Ghost in the Shell franchises, beginsa major cyber-brain sweep of the entire area, to halter any potentialattacks. Focusing his attention on the protesters, Aramaki and Section9, are caught unaware when riot troops, without warning, open fire onthe protesters, the originally blissful spirit of Christmas beingcrippled with the screams of innocent civilians. During the slaughter,Major Kusanagi, who still objects to joining Section 9, preferring toisolate her team, hunts down the culprit responsible, and upon thechaos having come to an end, her team manages to apprehend a teenagegirl, who is connected to the atrocity.<br><br>The opening of the fourth episode, Ghost Stands Alone, is potentiallythe most powerful yet, and works on incorporating our fears of havingone of our most celebrated occasions, marred by violence. What&#x27;s more,the action oriented opening is sure to immediately grasp the attentionof viewers, this episode being more action packed than the third,returning viewers to the excitement of the second episode, which is, byfar, the most entertaining.<br><br>As with the other borders in the series, the animation is verybeautiful, and unlike the third episode, where certain aspects of theanimation seemed, at times, blurry, Ghost Stands Alone is more solidand crisp. Moreover, the design of New Port City will certainly bringviewers melancholic memories of Stand Alone Complex.<br><br>Continuing with the investigation raised in the third border, GhostStands Alone brings back characters not only from the third episode,but from the first, and reunites us with members of the 501st thatMajor Kusanagi was originally affiliated with. Perhaps this wasdeliberately written in to bring closure to the franchise, by bringingstory-lines back around a full 360 degrees, however, by the end, Arisefeels incomplete, pivotal aspects of the plot remaining unanswered;perhaps a deliberate strategy to make room for the new movie.<br><br>During the episode, Major Kusanagi appears largely impatient, which isa direct contrast with her character in Stand Alone Complex, herattitude causing Batou to question whether he should be leading theoperation, resulting in more than a couple of humorous occasions thathelps break up the seriousness of the story. Furthermore, the use ofhumor will potentially remind viewers of the Major&#x27;s attitude duringthe original Manga.<br><br>Much like with Stand Alone Complex and the original Ghost in the Shellfeature, the Major at one point goes up against a massive four leggedtank, and though the scene provides viewers with entertainment, itsteals a little too much from the aforementioned titles, causing it toappear not as refreshing, which is something that could be said aboutthe entire episode. The plot about the adolescent girl, Emma, willperhaps remind viewers a lot of the Puppet Master, and though there aredifferences in the story, these are not explored greatly enough as tomake us emotionally involved.<br><br>Ghost Stands Alone is therefore a lot like the other three borders inthe Arise series; as stand alone episodes, they are entertainingenough, with philosophical intrigue, chase sequences, and good battlescenes. However, these are still unable to measure up to the films andseries&#x27; that came before.

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Reviewed by StzmJgzmf 8/10

Story The story quite honestly feels like you have seen it before fromGhost in the Shell, not deviating from the ghost hacking concept thatis present all throughout the franchise. However, despite staying inthe &#x22;comfort zone&#x22; of the franchise it is still a fascinating universebeing portrayed, and so it is still intriguing to follow Section 9 asthey unravel a case even if the story concept isn&#x27;t as unique as itonce was when it was in the franchise. This particular movie felt asthough it could fit right in with the Stand Alone Complex series as anepisode that was stand alone from the over arching story. It is nothingnew, but that isn&#x27;t a bad thing because it can still tell aninteresting and rewarding story which it does.<br><br>Art Production IG did a great job with the art in this series of moviescombining vibrant colors and fluid animation that give this OVA seriesa unique and refreshing feel. It does a good job at making the worldfeel realistic, like the movements of the characters actually haveweight and substance. I believe the cinematography could have beenbetter when the show slows down to scenes of conversation betweencharacters. Perhaps it was just the camera positioning in some of theshots, but they could have definitely made the more dialogue heavy andstatic scenes more interesting.<br><br>Sound The soundtrack is nothing to go crazy about, though it does fitthe aesthetic of the Arise series quite well I believe. I canpersonally admire some of the music from a technical standing because Iproduce electronic music myself, but there aren&#x27;t many memorablecompositions in the soundtrack. The exception to this would be theopening theme which is an extremely soothing track with all kinds ofinteresting techniques and musical elements that feels like a breath offresh air. Otherwise there are mainly standard songs that get the jobdone, but could be done better.<br><br>Characters These are the same characters of Section 9 that we havegrown to enjoy from Ghost in the Shell and it comes as no surprise thatthe communication between them is entertaining, mainly Togusa, Batou,and the Major. The other characters don&#x27;t get too much spotlight inthis series which is a shame because we already know so much aboutthese main characters that it would be nice to get some moredevelopment from the other characters in Section 9. That is more of apersonal gripe that stems from how fond I am of the characters. Thereisn&#x27;t much development of the characters in this series, it almost justseems shoved off for the last few minutes of each movie. Without anyprior knowledge of the characters through previous iterations I woulddefinitely have felt detached from the characters because of this lackof development.<br><br>Ghost in the Shell: Arise as a whole does not stand as tall as otherGhost in the Shells have but it stands with them at a comfortablelevel. It doesn&#x27;t attempt anything new but it still has interestingcases for Section 9 to solve and I was on board for each one. It is arelaxing watch that won&#x27;t make you think too hard but still keepsthings seemingly complex with stories about ghost hacking and ghostdubbing. I enjoyed it, though I still much prefer the original movieand Stand Alone Complex over it.

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