Today, Netflix released a short teaser trailer for its CGI adaptation of the iconic manga Shirow Masamune, which in turn was the source material for the popular 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell by Mamoru Oshii.
Netflix’s new series is titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and will be made by Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex‘s Kenji Kamiyama and Appleseed‘s Shinji Aramaki. (Appleseed was also based on a manga by Shirow Masamune). Netflix first announced the series in a tweet last December, but there’s still one thing that will surprise fans who were enticed by that initial announcement.
Netflix has opted for 3DCG animation and an art style similar to that of Land of the Lustrous—in other words, CGI that emulates hand-drawn anime. While that approach was critically acclaimed in that anime, it has been controversial in others, and it differs significantly from the artwork Netflix originally showed to promote the new series (pictured below).
Little else is known about this adaptation, other than that it will of course focus on Major Motoko Kusanagi. And the teaser doesn’t offer up too many more details, so we’re still in the dark here. A more informative trailer is likely in the coming months, and the series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2020.
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