“Ghost in the Shell” had been recently in the headlines as its Rupert Sander’s live adaptation had flunked. Yet, some anime fans of the cyber anime were thankful enough as a new anime for the series had been announced.
According to Crunchyroll, Production I.G, Japanese firm is said to release a new “Ghost in the Shell” anime amid the adaptation’s issues. The new anime was then said to be under the supervision of Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki.
Furthermore, what would hype up fans is that previous “Ghost in the Shell” anime was directed by Kamiyama as well. Specifically, the two series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” that aired 2002-2003, 2004-2005 respectively and “Solid State Society” last 2006. Another factor to be excited was that Aramaki who was known for his “Appleseed” and “Evangelion” series was reported to join Kamiyama.
On another note, the “Ghost in the Shell” live action film adaptation was portrayed by Scarlet Johansson as Major. The film then was subjected to tons of criticism regarding whitewashing the Japanese anime. Deadline then reported that the live action film adaptation would likely lose up to $60 million.
With that said, the “Ghost in the Shell” film had a total production cost of $100 million plus. It was then reported that another factor which led to the film’s cost increase was the studio’s delay due to waiting for Johansson. It was then explained that another factor that led to the film’s fall was its flawed marketing that incorporated more style than substance as reported. Of course, poor reviews and the whitewashing controversy was pointed out as well.
Created by manga artist Masamune Shirow, the “Ghost in the Shell” franchise published last 1989 had garnered TV series, film, novels and OVAs. Regarding the new anime to be directed by the duo, no title and release date have been unveiled yet. The new project wasn’t also revealed by Production I.G. on whether it would be a film, theatrical or others.