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As you’d expect in any Anime, THE LAUGHING MAN has robots, blood-splattering action, stylized violence, and chicks bouncing around with big boobies , purple hair, and tiny outfits. There’s a ton of dialogue being thrown around to set up the more-than complicated plot of political conspiracies and an cybernetic thought terrorist, and while it’s confusing as shit in the beginning, it eventually becomes clear as to what’s going on. That is a problem with this flick that I didn’t like so much, and that’s how the film starts in the middle of something big, with established characters from previous films, and a story that appears to have already started during some other entry in the series. A little confusion is OK, but saying “what the f*ck is going on here” for the first 45 minutes of the movie is too much. But for those already privy to the GHOST IN THE SHELL universe wouldn’t have this issue, so take it with a grain of salt.
One of the big draws to Anime is the animation, and it definitely shines here on Blu-ray, looking absolutely flawless from start to finish, and truly showing the hours and hours of painstakingly hard work that’s put into producing a film like this. And at over 2 and a half hours, you get more than an eyeful of vibrant colors and flashy animation. There’s a reason why this series is so darn popular, and it’s not because it looks crappy—but rather, flawless. That is, if you’re into Anime—but even if you’re not (like myself), it’s still quite impressive.
The story of THE LAUGHING MAN is compelling enough, and after the bout of confusion as to WTF is going on, the story takes over in a big way, and you can’t help but care about who’s behind the conspiracy and why, and you even begin to side with the Section 9 team of assassins and operatives, all working together like a futuristic CTU of cyborg mind-talkers. They’re a well-oiled machine and it eventually gets kind of fun to watch them work and get to the bottom of the mystery.
Audio: The dubbed dialogue, action sequences, and Japanese pop music can be heard in 5.1 digital surround. The sound was solid,nothing more, nothing less.
Tachikomatic Days: A comedic voice-over animated sequence featuring the talking robots in the film, as in the robots are in the recording studio recording their voices to the film. I guess if you like these little robots, it's an amusing short, but otherwise a pretty pointless extra. Trailers: A glimpse at three other trailers from the GHOST IN THE SHELL series.