New Ghost in the Shell Anime Coming via Production I.G

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The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie has launched in theaters to mostly fart-noises, confused enthusiasts, and newcomers alike – so Production I.G isn’t wasting any time in revealing they’re working on a new anime based on the classic series penned by Masamune Shirow.

Details are currently scant, however we know the new anime will be co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Bubblegum Crisis).

That’s basically all we know for now, however it’s pretty much guaranteed the new anime will top the befuddled live-action flick. Have you seen the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie? Sound off in the comments below if you prefer the original anime movie, the series, or maybe even the live-action one!

Editor’s Note: Featured image via Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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  • I prefer the anime series to the 1995 film. The latter ended up being quite boring to watch, despite it still being a technical masterpiece in animation. The show had a stronger narrative, and hopefully this new season will improve on a rather lacklustre second season, and a prequel I don’t think anyone actually watched.

  • BaronKrause

    This is awesome news. Hopefully a continuation of the SAC series and not another prequel.

  • PixelBuff

    I enjoyed the live action well enough, I don’t think it deserved the hate it got, or to bomb at the box office. It certainly has its flaws, pacing and writing issues, but it was entertaining enough, visuals were fantastic. Literally every entry to the franchise has been different from one another, so…

    As for this, a SAC/2nd GIG “season 3” would be the best outcome for my taste. I expect with Aramaki involved we might be seeing something in 3D though. Which wouldn’t necessarily be bad, the Appleseed movies are really pretty if nothing else..

  • Jack Thompson

    “the new anime will be co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Bubblegum Crisis).”

    yes, Yes, YES. This is fantastic news. I’ve read almost all of the manga, but GitS: SAC is a masterpiece that condenses many of the themes and ideas of its source material into a quality package with relatively little dumbing down of the more complicated things (techno-babble notwithstanding) in the manga. This will probably blow Arise and Hollycrap out of the water.

  • blackice85

    I’d love a SAC season 3 as well, but I don’t want to get my hopes up either.

  • 2501

    I count Solid State Society as the 3rd season.

  • SevTheBear

    Yeah Arise was a mess.

  • 2501

    So the original director of the SAC series is back, i kinda hope it isn’t a continuation of SAC but more of it’s own thing like Arise, having Shinji Aramaki involved seems like it could go with that route with his experience with CGI animation.

    As for the GITS live action, i didn’t mind it. The story is shit but it’s expected, as a huge GITS fan, i really enjoyed the visuals and the little details, plus Kitano’s Aramaki is awesome.

  • SevTheBear

    Would be great with actual GOOD GitS series instead of the mess called Arise and the bomb of a Hollywood movie

  • blackice85

    True, it’s a sequel and not an OVA version of TV season events, but I’d still love a 2 cour season like SAC 1 and 2.

  • 2501

    Same opinion about the live action. I suspect that the film was heavily cut in it’s theatrical release as some scenes are really jarring. I won’t mind seeing an extended cut if one gets released.

    As for the reason it bombed, it’s quiet simple really – It’s a live action GITS. One of the hardest franchises that you can market to normies.

  • NukeA6

    None of the Ghost in the Shell anime have disappointed me at all so I’m looking forward to this.

  • Jack Thompson

    It had different director

  • Jack Thompson

    The original movie will always have a special place in my heart, especially since it managed to very closely follow one of the events in the manga, but I definitely like SAC more, though it also had much more time to weave a narrative. I thought the second season was great. It escalated some of the things in the first, because you know, spectacle creep, but was still extremely good. The “prequel” is an entirely different continuity by a different director that got the art style and tone mostly wrong. Most people don’t care about it.

  • Jack Thompson

    I wouldn’t mind a different continuity as long as it’s done right, which with the directors, might be okay. Trying to continue GitS, which has already covered much of the ideas of the manga and more, might lead to a dry creativity well with the constraints it adds.

  • Season 2 had plot holes and a fairly weak antagonist, I find. That court case literally went nowhere after a point.

  • Jack Thompson

    “Literally every entry to the franchise has been a ‘different thing’ from one another”
    And not all of them have been good, see Arise. It’s not a simple as “being different”. If it’s in the GitS franchise, it needs to carry the core themes and ideas that make the franchise good. Arise and LA GitS didn’t. If you’re you’re not going to do that, you might as well make new IP, otherwise you’re just attempting to cash in on the franchise’s namesake. The Matrix did this. It took inspiration from GitS, and created a wildly successful and influential movie with its own expansion on a single idea from GitS. The only reason I might see this LA movie in the future is if it’s on Netflix for some of the the iconic GitS imagery in good CGI. If you’re going to run with your own ideas, don’t make an adaptation.

  • Feniks

    It wasn’t necessary.

    I’ve never watched an anime and thought to myself: “let’s make a 3DPD Hollywood movie of this”.

    But I’m weird.

  • Jack Thompson

    I always assumed Togusa was forced to take a temporary leave. Otherwise Aramaki must’ve made it go away with bureauocratic magic. Really though, it was stated within the episode that the court case was a distraction manipulated by their enemies. It wasn’t expected to go anywhere. What it did do was take shots at the corruption of court systems and dirty lawyers.

  • Jack Thompson

    I’m going to rant a little here. I really don’t like the people who are defending this mediocre movie by attacking fans of the franchise who criticize it as “people that won’t be satisfied no matter what.” It feels like some need to feel superior to “the haters” by eating garbage, because based on its reception, it didn’t do well with the majority of fans or majority the mass audience. What reason else is there to vehemently defend an average at best movie in such an inflammatory way as to insult the fans as insatiable whiners or unpleasable haters?

    I see this more and more lately. People consuming garbage and praising it like the second coming Christ often times, when they’re pretending to like it just to stick it to the haters and feel better than this perceived group.

  • Jack Thompson

    What about a high quality 3D CGI movie? Space Pirate: Captain Harlock was amazing and Gantz: O, for all the terrible things they did to the already not top notch story and all the good shit they cut, did have some amazing faithful visuals.

  • Jack Thompson

    Arise disappointed me.

  • 2501

    What exactly did Arise not have that was core to GITS? I personally liked how it doesn’t try to imitate Mamoru Oshii’s films or be like SAC. It didn’t have a focus on philosophical themes and just embraced itself being a cyber espionage thriller.

    Plus… hearing new Cornelius music is a win for me.

  • Jack Thompson

    My original comment is awaiting moderation? It’s been up for several hours, so it can’t have been some trigger word I typed, and I believe nichegamer avoids that sort of thing except for a few certain cases. Was it because I repeatedly edited my comment within a short timespan? I was making a lot of typos on my phone.

  • BaronKrause

    Id watch a movie with the graphics of the new Ghost in the Shell VR Diver.

  • David Curry

    I can’t agree that Hollywood giving GitS worldwide exposure beyond anime fans and Asia is unnecessary. Too bad it completely failed to do so.

  • David Curry

    I’m totally on board with a cg animated movie, the look of Appleseed Ex Machina and Alpha would fit the GitS setting very well.

  • David Curry

    Kitano was great. I want him to do VA for Aramaki from now on.

  • gwadahunter2222

    I’m glad we had a new anime.

    The live action movie was ok, great visual but plot a bit classic and predictable. I tried to not compare it the 1995’s movie but each time I saw a copy-paste sequence to the original without the context. It made the plot predictable. One of the weak point of the movie they make a guy since the moment you see him you know he is the true villain of the film.

  • NukeA6

    What was so bad about it? Personally, I thought it was the best (although Standalone Complex had the best cast).

  • I was expecting a resolution of some sort because they didn’t even bother handwaving it away. I paid attention the entire time, and it seems like they legitimately forgot they had that going on.

    Season 1 had an insane amount of mystery and tension, which made up for the antagonist only being called the Laughing Man up until the end. Even though S2’s villain has a name and face, I couldn’t honestly say I was understanding what the big deal was with him.

  • Kyle Mac

    “Co-directed by Shinji Aramaki”
    So it’s gonna be CG.

  • Jack Thompson

    I was apparently really put off by some jarring choices they made for Arise and never got beyond episode 2, as I am now watching 3. It’s definitely better than whatever generic crap is the average nowadays, and probably worth your time, but it’s nowhere near the quality of SAC and doesn’t have the right tone. Is Cornelius the one responsible for that terrible opening theme in arise? I mean not that it is objectively bad, but that it doesn’t fit with anything to do with GitS at all. Like how they advertised the LA movie with wubstep. Is he also responsible for that one scene in episode 2 where that terrible ringing noise goes on for around two minutes and caused me physical pain?

  • Jack Thompson

    I was apparently really put off by some jarring choices they made for Arise and never got beyond episode 2, as I am now watching 3. It’s definitely better than whatever generic crap is the average nowadays, and probably worth your time, but it’s nowhere near the quality of SAC and doesn’t have the right tone. The fact that they baby faced many of the characters (aging them down does equal the level of baby face they were subjected to) and turned Saito into a money slut was terrible. Not only that, they killed Saito in episode 2 and then never explained how he survived. Also the Major was told specifically not to hire a mercenary band, then she hired Saito, then he betrayed her for money, then she hired him back again like everything was fine and without any real repercussions.

  • Jack Thompson

    He was a smug as fuck asshole puppeteer. Not to be confused with the Puppeteer. He was even so brazen as to use Section 9 as bait and to directly speak to Batou saying things with grave implications, but in such a way that they could not be used against him. I need to re-watch and dissect that conversation again. He setup the fake uranium deal from the background, he called in the nuke, he is the reason the refugees would’ve been blamed had the nuke succeeded. He’s the source of all the problems of the main story arc of the second season.

  • Jack Thompson

    Apparently, my frequent edits caused the post to be detected as spam. Why would edits do that?

  • SevTheBear

    I know. That’s why i am happy to see the old crew back

  • 2501

    When it comes to GITS music nothing is going to overcome Kenji Kawai’s work. Cornelius’s music is an acquired taste but to me it fits the redesign aesthetic that Arise is going for. To me – it doesn’t sound out of place, it’s been known that GITS has a strong influence in the Experimental IDM music scene.

  • 2501

    Yeah he was really good at being the chief. It’s a shame that we didn’t see much of section 9, Togusa was really underused. I did like Batio though.

  • *shrug* I just remember not really getting why he does everything, or why I had to care.

  • ProxyDoug

    “That’s basically all we know for now”
    And it’s all we need to know. Hype you fools.

  • ProxyDoug

    I wish I could sell half of these studios pumping out garbage like Screengems and put it on the studio that made Gantz: O cause that film is amazing.
    Would love a GiTS done by them.

  • David Curry

    Yeah, it felt like Togusa was doing some of the work Ishikawa is known for. And either I blinked, or there was no Saito despite being cast. Section 9 was a big letdown though Batou turned out fine.
    If the new GitS has realistic cg like Shinji Aramaki’s Appleseed Alpha, that could be the closest we’ll get to “live action” GitS done correctly.

  • InfectedAI

    I just wish they had given him more screen time and character development. Though that really goes for most of the characters. He was one of the few good parts about the movie.

  • InfectedAI

    Which they failed to do spectacularly. They dumbed it down and changed it a lot letting fans down to give it wider appeal while failing to do that as well. Something that has happened countless times. It wasn’t a terrible movie, but it wasn’t particularly good. It was ok.

    Personally I tried to enjoy it for what it was, but I was a bit disappointed. The best thing I can say about it was that it was nice to see some of the visuals on the big screen.

  • Lucy Taylor

    The Hollywood movie is bad. Let’s hope this turns out well.

  • Jack Thompson

    I haven’t seen Appleseed yet, and aside from Space Pirate: Captain Harlock and Gantz: O I’ve seen no visually appealing pure CG anime. I do think Shinji Aramaki’s CG influence will be great though if it’s limited to machines and metal objects. CG works incredibly well at relatively low cost for two things, inorganic objects and stand out horror monsters. SAC complex used CG very well already for things like mechs, tachikomas, cars, helicopters, and various other things.

  • Jack Thompson

    It was absolutely beautiful, but the story and characters were butchered. They make great stuff, they just need better directors and writers.

  • David Curry

    I liked how Appleseed Alpha from 2014 turned out visually. After decades of the familiar anime look, I wouldn’t mind a realistic style to show the familiar GitS world and technology with a lot more detail. And it would kind of resemble the “live action” GitS that fans deserve, after the disappointing Hollywood version.

  • Jack Thompson

    >I wouldn’t mind a realistic style
    I’d rather not court uncanny valley. I’d say it’s best to stick to a stylized, but highly polished anime style when using 3DCG. It worked wonders for Gantz and Harlock. And you have to remember that very often politicians in the GitS franchise are drawn or animated in a very comical mocking style. Too much realism would clash badly with this, requiring them to be reinterpreted. At the very most they would probably only be able to make reference to this visual joke from the manga using dialogue. This reminds me of how early in the arise series the Major was called a “gorilla” more than once (no longer talking about comical stylization by the way). She didn’t really pull off the whole “gorilla” thing being so much younger and softer than other iterations. In Standalone complex, she’s called “Queen Kong”, which worked because immediately after we saw her from the viewpoint of the person who was told this, and she pulls off that vibe in the current situation. Back to the comic visuals, in SAC, Chief Aramaki is often referred to as “the old ape” in reference to his more cartoony look from the manga (I also think he was called this in the manga as well). This nickname fits because he still fits the look somewhat, is old, is male, and is often scowling or frowning with his resting face.

    For various reasons, I’d much like to avoid too much visual realism when it comes to organic things or those meant to imitate them, and focus more on anime style idealism.

  • David Curry

    We’ve seen GitS adaptations use the stylized cartoon look for decades already. One reason why Hollyood tried/failed to adapt GitS was the strong design language. The uniforms and a few other props in the Hollywood movie were the best they’ve looked since the manga. I’m amazed by Shirow’s designs, and the anime adaptations miss a lot of details from his comic illustrations, that sometimes used paint and cg.
    Appleseed Alpha did justice to the original manga in ways that no other Appleseed anime managed. Even then, Alpha’s characters were still stylized and never went full uncanny valley.

  • Jack Thompson

    >We’ve seen GitS adaptations use the stylized cartoon look for decades already.
    But not in glorious Gantz/Harlock level CG. I want it to happen. I want it so badly.

    Also, I think if they were to do SAC Major and Aramaki, the hair would look weird. They have hairstyles that don’t look ridiculous because of the anime style. I really like those hairstyles for them.

  • David Curry

    I just would like to see Shirow’s designs in more detail. The characters don’t matter to me as much as the mechs, armory, cyborg details and etc.

  • David Curry

    It’s a seriously annoying climate right now. I mentioned before that I lived in Japan. I spent the Bush and Obama years outside of the US. Now that I’m back, I can’t make sense of how Americans act anymore.