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Ghost in the Shell was groundbreaking. The 1995 Japanese animated film (or anime) was unapologetically for adults. The story focuses on a cyborg cop whose body is synthetic while her brain is organic. As she chases down a mysterious hacker, Motoko Kusanagi grapples with what it means to be alive. When Scarlett Johansson was cast in the live-action remake, there was an outcry over whitewashing. But the reaction in Japan has been different. Roland Kelts, Emily Yoshida and Susan Napier discuss the racial politics of anime. 

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IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES -- HOW WE CREATE THEM AND WHY WE SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF​.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This Week: Ghost in the Shell

MUSIC LIST

Trundle by Podington Bear

Broke for Free by Night Owl

Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus

​Akira soundtrack by Tsutomu Ohashi

Ghost in the Shell soundtrack by Kenji Kawai