For those still snobbing animes for some reason, I hope the following makes it clear what you're missing out on :) "Ghost in The Shell" is a post-cyberpunk sci-fi anime series from 2002. Good luck grasping the opening screen:
It is a time when, even if nets were to guide all consciousness that had been converted to photons and electrons toward coalescing, standalone individuals have not yet been converted into data to the extent that they can form unique components of a larger complex.
Boom ! Good morning people ! Rise and shine :) The "Stand Alone Complex" is the series bit. The major subject it tackles is the existence of copies without the existence of an original ! And think of our times: Where do memes originate? Who is behind the Anonymous movement? Who started bitcoins? Copies with no original. The Stand Alone Complex.
It's a beautiful reminder of evolution's mantra: In command but out of control. Lazy evolution gives a small udge and gets out of the way as events iterate until they reach a tipping point entitling them to trickle into the future. Pure and blind repetition. Biological life itself is repetition with minimal decision making. But in a world where all is copy, how does innovation arise? Even if ti's just remixing existing content, how do you get out of the repetition loop? Curiosity.
Major Motoko (an asexual being in the body of half-naked robotic woman - post-cyberpunk remember) lets us in on the secret: "Curiosity can restore your individuality after all your information has been synchronised". Curiosity takes you out of the repetitive lot again. And as it happens, curiosity is facing your fears and "living the questions". Curiosity, mis amigos, it is the original trailblazer and ultimate path opener.