Just started Ghost in the Shell: Arise after finishing both seasons of Stand Alone Complex.
It's like Motoko is a completely different person, not to mention her new look sucks. Why did they do this to Motoko?
because its a different universe.
She is a different person. In SAC she's years older and has much more experience
New story, everything is more shitty
But all of them are the canon majors.
There are 4 different continuities.
GitS Manga -> 1.5 - > 2.0
GitS Movie -> Innocence
SAC -> 2nd GiG -> SSS
Each continuity has a completely different Major, sometimes with a radically different personality.
Screencapped for convenience so we don't have to put up with this shit every fucking thread.