25 'Ghost in the Shell' Quotes — From the Original 1995 Cyberpunk Anime
The 1995 anime movie, "Ghost in the Shell," is a treat for science-fiction lovers who want to understand how AI works and how it can become a danger for humans. Read these 25 "Ghost in the Shell" quotes to dive deep into the anime movie.
"Ghost in the Shell" starts with Major Motoko Kusanagi working against criminals in a Japanese city in 2029. The story takes an exciting turn when Kusanagi and her team have to investigate the Puppet Master―an AI program that can take over the human mind and provide people with an artificial memory.
Based on a manga with the same name, the anime illustrates what happens when AI goes too far. It shows that humans created the Puppet Master, but it learned to improve itself over time, which its creators were unaware of. As a result, the AI program hides this feature from its creators because it fears they would terminate it.
The anime explores what would happen if AI went rogue. Although it was created more than two decades ago, it seems more relatable in today's world. Read these 25 "Ghost in the Shell" quotes to learn more about the anime's main characters.
Major Motoko Kusanagi Quotes Full of Deep Philosophical Thoughts
"I guess cyborgs like myself have a tendency to be paranoid about our origins." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"Maybe someday your 'maker' will come…haul you away, take you apart, and announce the recall of a defective product. What if all that's left of the 'real you' is just a couple of lonely brain cells, huh?" ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"And where does the newborn go from here? The net is vast and infinite." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"What if a cyber brain could possibly generate its own ghost, create a soul all by itself? And if it did, just what would be the importance of being human then?" ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"Just a whisper. I hear it in my ghost." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"Can you remember your mother's name, or what she looks like? Or how about where you were born?" ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"When I float weightless back to the surface, I'm imagining I'm becoming someone else." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation...It's simple: overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"If man realizes technology is within reach, he achieves it, like it's damn-near instinctive." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
"If a technological feat is possible, man will do it. Almost as if it's wired into the core of our being." ― Major Motoko Kusanagi
Batou Quotes from Ghost in the Shell
"I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." ― Batou
"You and the chief are the only ones out of the whole section whose bodies don't come with a warranty." ― Batou
"There's nothing sadder than a puppet without a ghost, especially the kind with red blood running through them." ― Batou
"Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket." ― Batou
Ghost in the Shell Quotes by the Puppet Master
"All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you." ― Puppet Master
"...I am sentient and I am able to recognize my own existence, but in my present state I am still incomplete. I lack the most basic processes inherent in all living organisms: reproducing and dying." ― Puppet Master
"What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror. Then we shall see face to face." ― Puppet Master
"Because I see you in myself. As a body sees its reflection within a mirror." ― Puppet Master
"We have been subordinate to our limitations until now. The time has come to cast aside these bonds and to elevate our consciousness to a higher plane. It is time to become a part of all things." ― Puppet Master
"Life perpetuates itself through diversity, and this includes the ability to sacrifice itself when necessary." ― Puppet Master
"And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?" ― Puppet Master
"It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself." ― Puppet Master
"Incorrect. I am not an AI. My code name is Project 2501. I am a living, thinking entity that was created in the sea of information." ― Puppet Master
"Man is an individual only because of his intangible memory. But memory cannot be defined, yet it defines mankind." ― Puppet Master
"Ghost in the Shell" illustrates what computer programs would think about humans if they evolved enough to improve themselves, duplicate themselves, and even plan against humans. The anime explores the downside of working on artificial intelligence, which is one of the topics many people are now researching.
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