The Ghost In The Shell Deluxe Edition Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)
About The Ghost In The Shell Deluxe Edition Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)
This hardcover edition of The Ghost In the Shell volume 1 features story and art by Shirow Masamune.
Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends.
This deluxe edition will mark the first time the book has been published in its original Japanese right-to-left format in English and was supervised by the creator. This will be the definitive edition of The Ghost in the Shell.
Released simultaneously with new deluxe editions of the other two books in the original series.
Ratings & Reviews
Warning: This verison is NOT "uncut".
I usually wouldn't do something like this, but I think people should know exactly what they are getting. Because I have seen this release described in some places as "uncut", but Kodansha has confirmed that the explicit scene found in the original Japanese version and Dark Horse's 2nd Edition will NOT be included in this 2017 release. If you google "Will the Ghost In The Shell deluxe edition manga release in 2017 finally be uncensored?", you will find Kodansha's tumblr post on this subject.
It's censored. But not by Kodansha, Shirow required them to remove the scene.
I wouldn't even call it censorship, if anything self censorship by the author because he felt it didn't add anything of value to the story.
So please do not base a purchasing decision based on something stupid like this.
Base it instead on the release itself.