Ghost in the Shell announces its return for 2026

Ghost in the Shell announces its return for 2026

A press release from Bandai Namco Filmworks announced that the "Ghost in the Shell" franchise is getting a new TV anime that will premiere in 2026 in Japan. The most important detail is that Science SARU studios will be in charge of the production of this new anime tentatively titled as "The Ghost in the Shell". Meanwhile, Bandai Namco Filmworks, Kodansha, Science SARU and Production I.G make up the production committee for this project.

Ghost in the Shell announces its return for 2026

The most recent installment in the franchise was "Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 The Last Human," a compilation film for the second season of "Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045," which was released in November 2023 in theaters in Japan. Prior to that, the first season premiered on Netflix globally in April 2020. The series maintained the cyberpunk theme that characterizes the franchise, but with a 3DCG animation that most people didn't end up liking.

On the other hand, "Ghost in the Shell" is a manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow that was first published in 1989. The franchise has inspired multiple anime adaptations, mostly by Production I.G., starting with a hit film in 1995 under the direction of Mamoru Oshii. This is considered one of the best anime films of all time, leading to recognition for the name of the director, the studio, and the franchise as a whole.

Synopsis of Ghost in the Shell

In the year 2029, Niihama City has become a technologically advanced metropolis. Thanks to great advances in cybernetics, its citizens can replace their limbs with robotic parts. The world is now more interconnected than ever, and the city's Public Safety Section 9 is responsible for combating corruption, terrorism, and other dangerous threats in the wake of this shift toward globalization. Tenacious Major Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9 leads a case involving a mysterious hacker known only as the "Puppet Master," who leaves a trail of victims stripped of their memories.

Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master's body is almost entirely robotic, giving him incredible power. As Motoko and her subordinates track down the enigmatic criminal, other parties—including Section 6—begin to get involved, forcing her to confront the extremely complicated nature of the case. Pondering various philosophical questions, such as the meaning of her own life, Motoko soon realizes that the one who will provide her with those answers is none other than the Puppet Master himself.

Source: Comic Natalie

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