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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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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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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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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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