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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Motoko Kusanagi with sound clips and images.

Created by Pokejedservo on Mon May 3 2010, 11 Comments, Add Comment
Ghost in the Shell (1996)
Motoko KusanagiMimi Woods
Mimi Woods
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004)
Motoko KusanagiMary Elizabeth McGlynn
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004)
Motoko KusanagiAlison Matthews
Alison Matthews
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004)
Motoko KusanagiAndrea Kwan
Andrea Kwan

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said at 9:23 AM on Mon Dec 1 2014
Mary is just amazing. Mimi I can accept because she was the original. Mary's interpretation is like Mimi with the addition of a bit more emotion, that wistful longing that comes to the Major when, for example, remembering the time she crushed her doll.

Who does the voice in Solid State Society? (haven't watched it yet...)
said at 3:32 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
After watching a video by Mepheandjunk on SAC, it got me thinking about the Major again, particularly her in the movie.

For me, the film is the pinnacle of this series and it hasn't really come near since. The director made the interesting choice to show the Major not only in a androgynous way, but also where you can't tell if she's a robot or human at all. And the film does not give you the answer to that question, instead letting you decide.

Thinking on that, now Mimi's portrayal makes much more sense to me. Is it a good performance? When you consider everything, yes. It was the right way to go for what the film was going for. Robotic, but still human. If I was casting, I think I would have gone for something closer to a female version of Corey Burton's Brainiac, but still, it is in line with what the Ghost in the Shell movie was meant to do.

Since then, the shows have not really tried to capture that as much, making it more obvious she's a woman with the skimpier clothing, lipstick and what-not. The question of is she human or machine is still in there a bit, but it clashes with her look and now her more human voice. It's kind of like having a dark serious character wear pink. They just don't mesh and it becomes too distracting.

I still like Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, she is the Major to me, but I would like to see something close to her being portrayed as a female Brainiac in the future.
said at 4:16 PM on Wed Aug 13 2014
Let's hope elizabeth maxwell could do good with Motoko like Mary did
said at 10:36 AM on Mon Sep 16 2013
I like all of them, but my vote definitely goes to Mary.
said at 11:26 PM on Fri Nov 30 2012
nn..close between Matthews and McGlynn for me. Matthews's voice is definately the sexyness to look for, but acting and best overall to McGlynn.
said at 6:31 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is so damn good that it puts the others to shame truthfully they aren't up to par with Mary but Alison Matthews & Andrea Kwan are decent in the role as well.
said at 3:30 PM on Wed May 2 2012
Giving this one to Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
said at 3:09 AM on Fri Apr 27 2012
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Definitely Mary.

Mimi Woods sounded awful. Too robotic. It's almost like she's sleepwalking through the role.
said at 10:53 PM on Wed Nov 23 2011
1. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (She was fantastic in every way!)

2. Andrea Kwan (Also very good!)

3. Alison Matthews (decent, but she was awkward in some areas, specifically with breathing.)

4. Mimi Woods (All around bad acting)
said at 12:00 AM on Thu Aug 30 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 After watching the entire movie, Mimi Woods actually isn't as bad as that clip makes it out to be. She sounds a little too robotic at times, but her voice was definitely interesting to listen to. Mary's voice in the series was more fitting though, since it was a nice balance.

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