Dominion was a rough draft, or else Ghost in the Shell was a re-imagining; the two claims are equivalent

Masamune Shirow has only had a few ideas in his entire writing career, and he keeps re-writing them.

If you take a look at Dominion Tank Police after having seen the later Ghost in the Shell stories, you will be struck by how much of Dominion seems like a rough draft for Ghost in the Shell.

Remember how Batou and the Major pretended to be wealthy, free-spending freelance criminals? The Puma sisters did it first.
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Remember the naked woman/gynoid jerking around in a strobe light in the 1995 movie? Dominion had it first.
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Shirow also recycled some big philosophical themes. Apparently Shirow really believes that there is no non-physical human soul, and apparently he really believes a lot of outdated philosophy and science, so I can’t fault him for recycling big ideas. A big idea is much more important than a fictional franchise, and if you want to expound and expostulate your theory of a human mind as tabula rasa, you should feel free to do so in as many comic book series as it takes to get your idea out.

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There are some minor details that get recycled too, with less philosophical impact. Batou’s external eye-goggles and the Major’s quest for a Beatrice-character who transcends the limits of the other characters – are both recycled versions of earlier details.

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