I padded the shit out of this review, because, honestly, there wasn't a whole lot to say about a movie that, on further reflection, isn't one of my favorite anime after all. I should really amend my list. Not that it was very high up, but surely there's a more deserving anime feature. But I also wanted to put in the extra material to provide a little insight as to my current mental state. And no, I don't believe "happiness is a choice", that's a silly aphorism. But I have Terry make some salient points, nonetheless. And I have Pen Pen do likewise, even if I don't really believe in everything I put in his mouth... beak. I don't really have a cogent life philosophy, and maybe that's my problem, but I don't really trust people with overarching philosophies.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society is kind of a hot mess. It has two plotlines that barely connect, despite their stubborn insistence that they do. I know SAC is all about smaller investigations ballooning into bigger ones over bigger issues, at least in the arcs, but this one doesn't really hold together that well. You do get to see Section 9 do what they do best, but you won't actually understand why when you watch this. It just seemed like an excuse to do more SAC without any coherent narrative. Ah well. The Tachikomas are there. Sorta.
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