Question: "How do you get more than two seasons of anime plus movie inter spaced with your own concepts with complicated concepts all mashed together within a ninety minute movie?"
I'm not sure how they did it, but they did it.
To those of you who aren't fans of the series: Pay attention. You may have to watch a movie like this two or three times to get all of it.
To those of you who are fans of the series: you will notice all sorts of snippets here and there. Even scenes that are very recognizable from the movies.
What you WON'T see:
Sadly... no Tachicomas
You won't see the Laughing Man, either the movie style or the animated series style
The distinct music from the anime OVA through the movie, though they nod to it at the very end
There is NOT, I repeat... NOT a teaser trailer at the end of the credits. Screw you Marvel.
What you WILL see:
Kuze... sorta. Fans of the animated series will remember this guy from second season and the Individual 11, but he's not presented in the same way
The water fight scene from the movie (as seen in the trailers)
Leaping off of a tall building, turning on therm-optics and dissapearing
Spider Tank - but again, how it is presented isn't as you expect it.
Several more distinct scenes from the OVA and series.
You will notice a scene or a concept that appears in the movie or the series, though how they arrived there may appear differently. Or why they're there.
Because it's a 90 minute movie, they can't just present a person, and then tell their life history like they did in the movie and series. Like they can't go into depth how Motoko became a Major (revealed in the Individual Eleven episodes of season 2) or why Batou has the eyes he has.
This is a different world than that portrayed by Shiro Masamune. Slightly different. So long as you understand and accept that, then you fans won't be dissapointed.
Regardless... I believe they did very, very good job for having only 90 minutes to compress a movie, two seasons of a series and a manga all together.
The actors they chose for all the roles of Section nine were perfect, especially Aramaki. An actual Japanese Citizen, all his lines are in Japanese. The concept behind that is that cyberization allows instant translation no matter who you are so language is no longer a barrier.
Any other charachter, fans may point at the screen and start going... HEY! That's not what that charachter is like.
Just wait. Oh and shut up. People hate that of fans. (oh no! Wolverine's eyes are supposed to be brown!) (They're not like that in the Manga, movie, series...)
Just remember... non-fans have to resist the impulse to punch fans like that in the face... so shut your friggin mouth.
A final note. Because they were pressed for time, they couldn't present all characters and concepts as you'd want them to be. This draws in poetic license to allow for story continuity. It also means that something that happened to a person in past media, might not happen to them at all, or might happen to someone else.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie and I'll probably get it for my collection.
I give this movie an 8 out of 10.
Also... I saw the movie in non-3D. If anyone who has seen it in 3D can give their opinion, that'd be great... thanks.