Last week, fans rejoiced at the announcement of a new Ghost in the Shell anime set to come out sometime in 2013. So far, information on the new anime is scarce, with little more than rudimentary staff information and a single piece of character art to tide us over. Still, I cheered as loud as anyone else. But I wasn't always what you would call a fan of Ghost in the Shell. Rather, I hated it—hated it with a passion.
I've talked about it at length before, but when I first started out watching anime in the mid 90s, there wasn't exactly a lot available for an anime-starved middle schooler, looking for his next fix. On TV, the only shows I could see were Sailor Moon on USA and the random anime films on Sci-Fi Channel's Saturday Anime. It got a bit better when Toonami first started and we got Voltron—then Robotech and Dragon Ball Z. But beyond that, if you wanted more anime, the video store was where you had to go. In my local Blockbuster we had only two rows of a single small shelf dedicated to anime. But every once in a while, an anime would appear on the new release wall.