Despite the fact that the flaws felt primarily like screen-writing flaws, it took watching a film by another director for me to appreciate what Oshii really does.
The themes in GitS and Skycrawlers really come across here. There's the same dehumanization that institutions bring about, this time reducing people to savage animals, rather than ruthless robots. A lot of the stylistic effects, the gritty urbanization, the sparse barracks, the sewers, feel straight out of GitS or Patlabor. They felt a lot more obvious here, and slightly less fun.
Overall, I was miffed by how little of a character Fuse was, even if that was the point, and how incoherent the different police alliances were. Fuse's final reveal didn't feel surprising as much as undeserved?