To call Netflix’s visual take on Ghost in the Shell different would be an understatement. The animated series has gotten a full makeover in the form of CGI that looks more suited to a Pixar film or a video game; it’s a beautiful, albeit drastic, change from the drawn animation most fans have come to know. In the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, which is set to arrive this April, Netflix offers a full look at the cast, from Major to Batou.
Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk series centered on a counter-cyberterrorist organization that spans manga, anime, games, and films. Although there have been several iterations of its story, Ghost in the Shell generally follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg cop, and crime-solve task force Public Security Section 9. SAC_2045 will tell a similar story when it’s released in April.
Netflix announced the show in 2018 after it had revealed news for its upcoming live-action version of Cowboy Bebop and its plans to bring Neon Genesis Evangelion to the platform. Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) are directing Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The series has already had at least one controversial adaptation; the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell was blasted by critics for whitewashing Major by casting Scarlett Johansson in the role.