Ghost in the shell is a relatively short anime film centring around the existential angst of the main protagonist, Major Kusanagi (A cyborg working for the government in a technologically advanced time which is remarkable in its believability). Watching this film, one can immediately see the parallels with several other films, such as “The Matrix”. Its influence is widespread whether we are aware of it or not. The plot is fairly unremarkable, if entertaining, but the real quality the film has that sets it apart is its remarkable existential philosophical angle it seeks to explore through the characters of the Major and Batou. The film is a perfect introduction to the works of Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre, and all the more rewarding if one is already familiar with such works. It might take more than one viewing to fully grasp what the film is really about, but like all things worth doing, invest time and you will be rewarded. Highly recommended.