5 Hollywood's Bench Mark.TheAnimewatcher | 23/05/2007 | See all TheAnimewatcher's reviews (11)Ghost in The Shell is perfect. There is no doubts about that in my head as I write this review. The animation still looks amazing to this day but it is the story and ideas of the future that captivates and holds you. A world of bleak and evil lifestyles that scarily seems so believable.Ghost followed Akira into the must have status of the genre. But the difference being, Ghost have become the bench mark and the water well of ideas that is still fuelling Hollywood today. Spawning the likes of The Matrix, Equilibrium, Blade and adversely V for Vendetta and Ultraviolet as well as inspiring James Cameron after it's release. Itself has a few nods to the Classic 'Blade Runner'. But this is writing and film making of the highest order.5 Stars - A must, along with it's Sequel and the Three GIG series that followed. Please don't be put off by it being animated!