The official website for the Ghost in the Shell ARISE website has announced that a new film will be releasing in Japanese theatres next year. The new announcement is in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Ghost in the Shell series.
Ghost in the Shell started off as a manga in 1989. Written and drawn by Masamune Shirow, the manga was published by Kodansha and ran for 8 years for a total of 3 compiled volumes. The manga received high praise, and was eventually adapted into an animated film in 1995 by Production I.G. The film was directed by Mamoru Oshii and also received very high praise and has inspired many audiences, including the directors and writers of The Matrix. An original sequel film was released in 2004. An anime TV series was also created. Titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the series aired from 2002 to 2003. A second season followed in 2004, and an animated film subtitled Solid State Society aired in 2006. The anime also received film, manga and light novel adaptations. Production I.G. have also unveiled an OVA series called Ghost in the Shell ARISE last year. The fourth and last entry into the OVA series, Ghost Stands Alone, released in Japan on September 6th. The Ghost in the Shell film is currently in production.
Here is a synopsis of the original series:
In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as ‘The Puppetmaster’ begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. The pursuit will call into question what makes a human and what is the Puppetmaster in a world where the distinction between human and machine is increasingly blurry.
The new Ghost in the Shell film will be releasing in Japan next year. Further information about the movie will be released soon.
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