Okay, it’s official, almost thirty-forty years after the rest of us Netflix has discovered anime and gone crazy, Following the announcement of a live-action Cowboy Bebop series just last week Netflix is showing it’s willing to gamble and has the funds to prove it can be a competitive force in the industry. As a long-time fan of anime for at least that long, I couldn’t be happier with this news.
Netflix announced on Friday that the new Ghost in the Shell anime is titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The anime will premiere on Netflix in 2020. The announcement confirmed that Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing. Netflix also revealed that the project will be in 3DCG and that Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts are the production studios.
Production I.G. USA president Maki Terashima-Furuta previously stated during an interview that the anime would have two 12-episode seasons, with Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) directing one of the seasons, and Aramaki (Appleseed) directing the other.
In related news: Aramaki and Kamiyama are also directing the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga, which will premiere on Netflix globally on April 1. Additionally, the two will also co-direct an upcoming Blade Runner — Black Lotus anime series based on the Blade Runner 2049 film. Kamiyama and Aramaki will work on Blade Runner — Black Lotus after Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045.