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Netflix Announces “Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045” For 2020

So, I think it’s fair to say that we can get hyped for this one.

Earlier today, Netflix announced that a new Ghost in the Shell anime is in the works. The new project, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, will be a 3D CGI anime that’s currently slated to hit Netflix worldwide in 2020.

A key visual, as well as the first crew members were confirmed for the project. We break the details down below.


The image features Motoko Kusanagi standing against a white background. She’s wearing a skin-tight combat suit, as cables extend from the back of her head.

Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 Anime Visual


Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (AppleseedMetal Skin Panic MADOX-01) will direct the project at studios Production I.G. and Sola Digital.

A new Ghost in the Shell anime project was first announced in 2017. At the time, it was announced that Kamiyama and Aramaki were attached to the project, though specifics were not disclosed. In an interview in August 2018, Production I.G. USA Production Maki Terashima-Furuta announced that Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama were working on a two-cour anime project based on Ghost in the Shell. At the time, the first cour was revealed to be directed by Kamiyama, while Aramaki would helm the second.

The new Ghost in the Shell project was first revealed in April 2017. At the time, it was announced that Kamiyama and Aramaki were attached to the project, though specifics were not disclosed.

Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga originally made its début in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in May 1989. The project spanned one collected volume, which was released in the west by Dark Horse Comics. Kodansha Comics currently distributes the title in the North America.

The manga spawned a 1995 anime film from Production I.G., which was directed by Mamoru Oshii (Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, Patlabor) at Production I.G. Hiroyuki Okiura (Zillion, Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2) provided character designs on the project, while Kazunori Ito (Patlabor, Urusei Yatsura) wrote the screenplay.

The feature first hit Japanese theaters in November 1995. Manga Entertainment released the title in North America on June 18, 1996, on VHS. The feature quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, becoming the first anime film to take the #1 spot in the Billboard sales charts. The DVD version would come two years later, in 1998, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. Manga released the film on Blu-Ray in 2009, which was followed by a remastered release by Anchor Bay that hit stores in 2014 (and was re-released in 2016).

Last year, Lionsgate acquired Anchor Bay. The company released own Blu-Ray version, which hit retailers on March 7. They describe the film as:

In the year 2029, cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”—a mysterious and threatening computer virus is capable of infiltrating human hosts. Working closely with her fellow agents from Section 9, the Major embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

Paramount Pictures released a live-action Ghost in the Shell movie on March 31. The feature, which received backlash through production for accusations of whitewashing (among other issues), under-performed in its opening weekend. The movie pulled in just $18.7 million, down from original expectations of $32.5 million. The feature would go on to bring in $169.8 million USD in box office receipts, against a budget of $110 million.

Sources: Netflix (Email Communication), Twitter (NXOnNetflix)

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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