View Full Version : Ghost in the Shell manga reprints

08-16-2015, 02:21 PM
The Ghost in the Shell manga had two follow-up mangas, Man-Machine Interface and Human-Error Processor. I've been meaning to pick these up for a while now. Both of them were later reprinted. Are there any differences between them or is each reprint the same as the original?

MMI: http://amzn.to/1N3ZfA0 & http://amzn.to/1N3ZgDY
HEP: http://amzn.to/1TrkNuD & http://amzn.to/1N3Zz1H

If there's no differences then I'll pick up the cheaper ones.


08-16-2015, 03:13 PM
Not sure. I have a couple of GItS issues from way back, but I don't know whether they are from the main manga, or one of these. They are buried somewhere in my "need to sort" comics ATM.

08-16-2015, 03:44 PM
The first manga was also censored when it was first printed. Is it the same or the MMI & HEP? Or were they not worthy of censorship?

08-16-2015, 04:14 PM
I really couldn't say, since it's been ages since I even looked through those. And they were the only ones I've ever seen. Found them in a lot of comics that I co-bought with a friend of mine. I fronted the money, and he went and picked them up. Since I had first dibs, I picked out a bunch of stuff that caught me eye, and those two issues were in it. Still have yet to sort through most of it, and I don't remember what issues they were, but I didn't notice any censorship in particular. Most of it is still packed away ATM, and I just never seem to have the time or energy to tackle the project. There was a LOT of comics in there!

Honestly, up until I got them, I hadn't even known there WAS a comic/manga for it. Would love to find more of them someday, though, as I loved the movie and the SAC/2nd Gig series. There were a few Robotech ones in that mix, too, and I've love to find the rest of those, too, for my hubby. He's a HUGE Robotech/Macross fan.

08-16-2015, 05:11 PM
Usually the manga is better the anime, but is this the case for GiTS as well?

08-16-2015, 07:43 PM
Not sure- the couple of issues I have seemed to have nothing to do with the anime. I read them once or twice, and IIRC, the only thing the same was Kusinagi.

08-17-2015, 02:56 PM
Yeah, my understanding is that the films and anime are both different interpretations of the original manga, both deviating heavily in their own way.

I asked elsewhere and was given this link:


The first series, The Ghost in the Shell, follows Dark Horse’s original release, so The Ghost in the Shell (http://www.randomhouse.com/book/166169/the-ghost-in-the-shell-volume-1-by-shirow-masamune/9781935429012/) and The Ghost in the Shell 2 (http://www.randomhouse.com/book/200115/the-ghost-in-the-shell-volume-2-by-shirow-masamune/9781935429036/) both read left-to-right. (The Ghost in the Shell 1.5 (http://www.randomhouse.com/book/213293/the-ghost-in-the-shell-15-by-shirow-masamune)is right-to-left for some reason…) If there’s any censorship in there, it’s not something we did— it’d be a holdover from the Dark Horse days. But I don’t think they censored very much, and certainly nothing plot-relevant.

So according to this, both Kodansha and Dark Horse's prints of the GitS 2 and 1.5 mangas are the same. Correct? Reading left-to-right doesn't bother me, it's the censorship that does.

08-19-2015, 02:47 PM
Well, I've gone and ordered the Kodansha prints. A few other places say those are the uncensored ones. Fingers crossed.

08-27-2015, 11:44 AM
They've arrived and they both say "Mature Content" on the covers whereas Dark Horse's do not. I also reached out to Kodansha on Twitter and they told me their prints are identical to Dark Horse's. Looks like I've found my answer then.