One of the most well-known anime properties to Western audiences is getting a new life at Netflix. The streaming giant announced last year that it would be bringing a “reborn” Ghost In The Shell series to life in 2020, and this week we have our first look little at it, courtesy of a teaser from Netflix.
Check it out…
Netflix’s decision to lean into generic 3DCG feels like the wrong choice, here, but at Den Of Geek we mostly prefer to stick to the old saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” so we’ll just move on swiftly from that trailer and tell you a bit more about the series.
Ghost In The Shell: SAC_2045, as you can see, is animated in 3DCG and is directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki. Aramaki helped pioneer the 3DCG look in Appleseed, while Kamiyama is familiar with the Ghost In The Shell universe having directed 2002’s Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Netflix’s original announcement of the series didn’t reveal any plot details or specify whether this is a reboot or continuation, but now they have added a brief synopsis to the project:
“In the year 2045, after global capitalism has defaulted, Japan’s elite Section 9 begins conducting covert cyber operations.”
Make of that what you will.
Ghost In The Shell is one of the longest running and most recognisable anime properties ever. Starting with the 1989 manga by Masamune Shirow, Ghost In The Shell is set in a cyberpunk future where human beings have cyberbrains to interface with computers. The world of Ghost In The Shell has been adapted to numerous animated films and TV shows and in one instance was a live-action film starring Scarlett Johansson.