Upon its US release in the mid-1990s, Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii, quickly became one of the most popular anime films in the country. Despite these accolades, Oshii is known as a contrarian within anime, a self-proclaimed "stray dog" with a unique cinematic vision. Working in both live-action film and animation and directing everything from absurdist comedy to thrillers to meditations on the nature of reality, Oshii defies the confines of genre and form.
In this second edition, Stray Dog of Anime takes an in-depth look at his major films, from the early days working on Urusei Yatsura to Assault Girls, his most recent feature. Detailing his evolution as a director, this book pays special attention to Oshii's personal style and symbolism.
Written by Brian Ruh.