(EN) Major Motoko Kusanagi (草薙 素子, Kusanagi Motoko) is a cyborg employed as the squad leader of Public Security Section 9. Kusanagi’s various incarnations in the manga, movies, and TV series all portray her differently. Since each of these series have an independent storyline, Kusanagi’s physical and mental characteristics have been modified in different ways to reflect the focus of each respective story.
Kenji Kamiyama had a difficult time identifying her and could not understand her motives during the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Due to this, he created an episode in the second season where he recounted her past. He was then able to describe her as a human who was chosen to gain this superhuman power; she probably believes that she has an obligation to use that ability for the benefit of others.English voice actor and director Mary Elizabeth McGlynn states she loved playing the role of Motoko Kusanagi and described her as “someone [who] was that strong, and still kind of feminine at times, but also kick-ass”.
(IT) Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊, Kōkaku kidōtai, lett. “Squadra mobile con corazza offensiva”) si focalizza sulle indagini della cosiddetta “Sezione 9”, un’organizzazione antiterroristica presente in un futuristico Giappone dai toni cyberpunk.
La prima opera è il manga di Masamune Shirow, serializzato per la prima volta in Giappone sullo Young Magazine nel 1989. I sequel disegnati dallo stesso Shirow sono Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor, uscito in un volume unico nel 2003, e Ghost in the Shell 2: ManMachine Interface, uscito in un volume unico nel 2001.
Dal manga originario sono stati poi realizzati due adattamenti cinematografici (Ghost in the Shell e Ghost in the Shell – L’attacco dei cyborg) per la regia di Mamoru Oshii, due serie televisive (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex e Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – 2nd GIG) per la regia di Kenji Kamiyama, lo special conclusivo delle due serie TV (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society) diretto ancora da Kenji Kamiyama, e due videogiochi (Ghost in the Shell per PlayStation e Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex per Playstation e PSP).