Ghost in the Shell VR Review

Ghost in the Shell VR Review

Living an anime fantasy twenty years in the making…

To fully appreciate and understand my anticipation for the “Ghost in the Shell VR Experience”, jump inside this DeLorean DMC-12 as we plunge back to the mid 1990’s! It was a simpler time; I was away at school, I still had hair and routinely bombarded my roommates with anime movies and other assorted nerdery. The 1995 Ghost in the Shell animated movie is still considered a timeless classic in the genre of Japanese anime.

Ghost in the Shell VR Review

“Ghost in the Shell VR Experience” by Here Be Dragons / Oculus Studios

You don’t need to be an anime fan or compete in cosplay shenanigans to enjoy “Ghost in the Shell VR Experience”. I’m not sure who you’d need to be to enjoy the 2017 Ghost in the Shell film featuring Scarlett Johansson because that movie sunk quicker than “Major” in water. I don’t want to be too hard on the film and the work of the cast and crew. Honestly, the recent movie may still emerge as a cult classic and one of my own cinematic guilty pleasures.

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“Ghost in the Shell VR” by Here Be Dragons / Oculus Studios – Tokyo

The Ghost in the Shell VR Experience is a 360 animation that places you in the middle of the action. In this narrative, you’re Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) and you’re performing a “Deep Dive” into your own mind. Performing a self “Deep Dive” may sound a little dirty but in this case, you’ll be reliving a 360 reconstruction of a memory and what ends up as an action sequence from the film.

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Darrell @ Falsedogs – On Set – “Ghost in the Shell VR Review”

The presentation is impressive and the look and feel are accurate to the 2017 film and the original animated classic. You’ll have a 3rd person view of the action as it unfolds around you. The team at Here Be Dragons recreated everything with impressive detail including a sprawling futuristic Tokyo and some creepy and nimble robot geisha. Is it strange the geisha still kinda’ turn me on?

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“Ghost in the Shell VR” by Here Be Dragons / Oculus Studios – Robot Geisha

I won’t spoil the ending but the action does transition into some visuals that are synonymous with the Ghost in the Shell universe. The development team also did a decent job with music and audio effects.

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“Ghost in the Shell VR” by Here Be Dragons / Oculus Studios – Jellyfish!

360 Anime Adventure or Marketing Misfire?

Generally, if a movie is destined to tank at the box office more resources are pumped into marketing and promotion. Is the Ghost in the Shell VR Experience simply another example of a film’s promotional team overcompensating for a lackluster movie? I don’t really care.

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Darrell in Gear VR, Falsedogs On Set – “Ghost in the Shell VR Review”

The experience holds true to the anime-inspired universe from my dreams and the creative team should be happy with their accomplishment. No matter how you feel about the movie itself, this fun VR animation is still far better than the alternative; Ghost in the Shell collector cups from Burger King.

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