The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.
“A stunning work of speculative fiction” was how James Cameron, the director of Terminator and Aliens, described Mamoru Oshii’s wildly influential animation Ghost in the Shell on its original 1995 release. Almost two decades later, only the word ‘speculative’ rings false in that endorsement: today, you might call it prophetic.