--OK, you're watching GitS, reveling in Kusanagi's incredible battle with the tank, engrossed in the action. Then the fighting stops, but unlike other films you've seen, this isn't the end; the hero doesn't stalk off into acclaim and happiness, the sun setting happily nearby. Instead, you're now faced with the central dilemma of the tale, 10-15 minutes of well-wrought but highly philosophical storyline, and then it ends, with Kusanagi in a little girl's body, talking about the vast and infinite Net.
Huh? A good, nay, great film, but what does it all mean?
In a nutshell, I'd say the "philosophy" of Ghost in the Shell consists of two things: what it means to be human (explored throughout) and what "life" is, including what it means to evolve. This latter bit is explored quite deeply in
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