The Ghost in the Shell story has been adapted into anime in the form of the two Mamuro Oshii films, two Stand Alone Complex TV series' and follow-up feature film Solid State Society.
Mamuro Oshii's 1995 anime adaption of Shirow's concept received both criticism and acclaim on its release, as many saw it as a high quality anime film that did Ghost in the Shell proud, whereas others thought it deviated too much from Shirow's original framework.
Oshii's 2004 follow up to his original Ghost in the Shell film, Innocence is a visually stunning work of animation that blends both traditional and CG elements together. It is thought provoking, with many philosophical ideas being expressed by the characters, but this has lead to some considering the film to be 'unnecessarily heavy' and slow.
In 2006, a follow up to the Stand Alone Complex TV series was released on film, with the impressive budget of 360 million yen (equivalent to US$3.2 million). Created by Kenji Kamiyama, director of the two Stand Alone Complex series', the story takes place two years after the events of 2nd GIG.
Though there is no film as-of-yet (Summer 2009), Production I.G has bought the rights to a live action adaption of Ghost in the Shell, which it hopes to sell to a major Hollywood studio.
Kenji Kamiyama's 2002, 26 episode Television series, is set in a sub-universe of the Ghost in the Shell story. It follows all the major protagonists and places of Shirow's manga, but deviates from the manga's storyline, creating paradoxes between the manga universe and the Stand Alone Complex universe.
In 2004, Kenji Kamiyama followed up his TV franchise with a second series; 2nd GIG, which is set a year after the events of the original Stand Alone Complex story.
Compilation movie of the tv series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Compilation movie of the tv series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.