Wish I could get excited about it. Every GiTs thing since the original has been overly convoluted and less enjoyable. Plus whoever they have doing the character designs on this latest one needs to be taken out and beaten for making Motoko look so awful with that badly hacked hair helmet. Yes I'll probably buy the damned thing.
The only GitS anime I ever got really confused with was Innocence
, mostly because I just got lost in the awesome visuals (the fact that it was a Japanese dub might have helped some as well), but it took me about three viewings before I figured out what was going on. Stand Alone Complex was really one of the few animes I watched regularly, and I think the episodic format helps some. It also happens to cover a lot of things that I find fascinating (transhumanisim, information warfare, geopolitics), so for me the only part that really makes my head spin is when the characters go on long sphiels about philosophy.
I think there are two kinds of GitS fans out there. Those who enjoy the plot for being, if admittedly obtuse, full of interesting characters and plots. Then you have those who are there for the great visuals and action scenes. Not saying one is wrong and one is right, mind you. I lean more towards the second myself. :p
"Machines smart enough to do anything for us will probably also be able to do anything with us: go to dinner, own property, compete for sexual partners. They might even have passionate opinions about politics or, like the robots on Battlestar Galactica, even religious beliefs." - Fred Hapgood