Why is it okay to adapt a mature story with mature themes but leave out its mature design philosophy?>>15101854
I knew someone was going to say that. The point is, there's an in-story reason why the suit makes it LOOK like she's naked, and it ties in with the themes of what it means to be human/machine. For all the cynicism and feminist outrage over 80's anime nudity, they sure don't do their research, and they're sure knee-jerk. Why aren't fictional female characters allowed to be naked even though the context demands it? Now, if we're talking about the Major's pink thong outfit from SAC, I'm all for that shit being dumb. Why would she wear something deliberately provocative IN the government building doing paperwork? But this is an adaptation of the original film - which has themes including illustrating the "shell" of the human body.>>15101870
I like to think of classics like Ghost in the Shell as independent of "trends". Rather, it was a trend-setter. They Wachowski brothers showed the original GitS movie during their pitch for the Matrix film. Before GitS, there was nothing like it, unless you really stretch it to anything you can find that also happens to have naked humanoid characters in a dystopian Tokyo.>>15101901
This scene is the strongest example of why it's important the nudity is shown. It's very clearly not meant to be erotic because she rips her fucking muscles apart. It's hard to watch at first. It's conveying a point about the human body; think about how she treats the object that looks, from the outside, like a body, but is actually a simple vessel for her consciousness. Kind of like the villain she's fighting, which is a fucking tank. A machine. How does that contrast?
I'm not going to lecture about it because anyone who's seen the movie gets the point, but that's exactly the reason it's important that it's there.