The Ghost In The Shell

*Updated: 7th July 01'- GITS2 Manmachine Interface

MANGA & BOOK INFORMATIONS

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Japanese manga cover
Copyrights: Masamune Shirow & Kodansha
The Ghost In The Shell (Koukaku Kidoutai)

Author: Masamune Shirow
Art: Masamune Shirow
Publisher: Kodansha (KCDX)

ISBN4-06-313248-X C9979
Price: 971 Yen (Recommended)
Release: 5th October 1991

Pages: 346 (64 in color/ fade ins)

Where to buy?
Try your local Japanese book-chain. Most of them (e.g Kinokuniya) does special orders for customers. Armed with the Title, Author, Publisher and ISBN, there should be no problems getting it if its still in print. Else, try some online manga mail-order companies.

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English TPB cover
Copyrights: Masamune Shirow, Kodansha & Dark Horse/ Studio Proteus
Ghost In The Shell (English Edition)

Author: Masamune Shirow
Art: Masamune Shirow
Translation: Frederik Schodt, Toren Smith
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/ Studio Proteus

ISBN: 1-56971-081-3
Price: US$24.95
Release: December 1995

Collecting the Direct Editions #1- #8

Where to buy?
GITS is an extremely popular manga title in the English medium, so any good comics shop that stock/sell Dark Horse titles should have it in stock. If this is not an option, try online mail-order stores, or visit Dark Horse Online where you can get the book (and other Dark Horse titles) through Things From Another World (TFAW). Very reliable. Highly recommended.

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Manmachine Interface, Standard Ver.
Copyrights: Masamune Shirow & Kodansha
The Ghost In The Shell 2 (Koukaku Kidoutai 2)
Manmachine Interface

Author: Masamune Shirow
Art: Masamune Shirow
Publisher: Kodansha

ISBN4-06-334441-X C9979
Price: 1500 (Recommended)
Release: 28th June 2001
Pages: 304 (200 in colour), A5 size
*First edition comes with free mousepad

Where to buy?
Try your local Japanese book-chain. Most of them (e.g Kinokuniya) does special orders for customers. Armed with the Title, Author, Publisher and ISBN, there should be no problems getting it if its still in print. Else, try some online manga mail-order companies.


About Chinese (Taiwan) Edition of Ghost:
Pitter Patter Nurse
The joys of cyborgization.
Even the nurse gets turned on!

My preference when collecting Shirow's works is the Japanese original, followed by Chinese editions. This is because they retain the manga without flipping and is in a language I understand. Also unlike English editions, a lot of the Kanji sound effects, backgrounds, colour pages etc. were left as it is. The Chinese GITS mangas I have were split into two volumes, and they even include the fade-in colour pages originally in the Japanese edition. The translation work is excellent (even the technical terms) and all the footnotes were maintained in their original positions. High quality Chinese translated mangas like these are very faithful to their Japanese originals. However, the Chinese editions have proven to be very rare and hard to find. So if any of you out there can help me get any Shirow work published in Chinese, drop me a mail. I'm very interested. Thanks in advance. GITS book infos below. - Lucas. 24th Sept 00'


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Chinese vol.1 manga cover
Masamune Shirow, Sharp Point, Kodansha
The Ghost In The Shell #1 (Gong Ke Zhi Dong Dui #1)
Chinese (Taiwan) Edition Book 1:
Chapters 01 (Prologue) to 07 (Phantom Fund)

Author: Masamune Shirow
Art: Masamune Shirow
Publisher: Sharp Point Publishing under license from Kodansha

ISBN957-712-863-7
Price: NT. 180 (Recommended)
Release: 30th April 1996

Pages: 192 (including color/ fade ins)

Where to buy?
I got my copy from a good friend (from Singapore) I went to college with who is also a Shirow fan. I have absolutely no idea how to get this though (apart from luck! ^_^), but if still in print I think specialist Chinese manga bookstores should be able to help you order one. The ISBNS etc. should help. Its rare and hard to find Shirow's works in Chinese, but its very cool!

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Chinese vol.2 manga cover
Masamune Shirow, Sharp Point, Kodansha
The Ghost In The Shell #2 (Gong Ke Zhi Dong Dui #2)
Chinese (Taiwan) Edition Book 2:
Chapters 08 (Dumb Barter) to 12 (Epilogue) -End-

Author: Masamune Shirow
Art: Masamune Shirow
Publisher: Sharp Point Publishing under license from Kodansha

ISBN957-712-864-5
Price: NT. 140 (Recommended)
Release: 30th April 1996

Pages: 154 (including color/ fade ins)

Where to buy?
I got my copy from a good friend (from Singapore) I went to college with who is also a Shirow fan. I have absolutely no idea how to get this though (apart from luck! ^_^), but if still in print I think specialist Chinese manga bookstores should be able to help you order one. The ISBNS etc. should help. Its rare and hard to find Shirow's works in Chinese, but its very cool!


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