Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime’s Trailer Reveals April 2020 Netflix Release

28.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME

A new trailer released on Monday revealed that the upcoming new 3D CG animated film Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will hit Netflix simultaneously worldwide in April 2020. The film is being directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki at Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts.

 

Ghost in the Shell is an internationally celebrated series. The original manga, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, was first serialised in Weekly Young Magazine 1989, and went on to become a media franchise, spawning a catalogue of animated films beginning with Ghost in the Shell in 1995, which was directed by Mamoru Oshii, as well as multiple anime series, video games, and a live-action Hollywood adaptation.

The new trailer unveiled the main voice cast, music composers, and opening theme artists. Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, and Kōichi Yamadera will all reprise their respective roles as Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, and Togusa. This goes for rest of the original main voice cast of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex too who are also making a return.

 

Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music. Toda is best known for her composition work across the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Toda and Jinnouchi previously collaborated together on the Ultraman anime last year. Russian illustrator Ilya Kuvshinov is working as the character designer for the film.

millennium parade will perform the opening theme song Fly with me. They are a multi-talent creative team led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, made up of millennials, or “digital natives” i.e. focused on the current digital generation, including musicians, film directors, CG creators, designers, illustrations, and more. You can hear the song in the newest trailer below.

 

The film will be promoted at AnimeJapan 2020 in Tokyo. It will feature on the Netflix Anime panel on the BIRD BLUE STAGE at 14:00-14:30 on Saturday March 21. Both directors will be present as will the main voice cast including Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, and Kōichi Yamadera.

Speaking about his involvement with the film, Daiki Tsuneta (millennium parade) said: “I still remember how I tingled with excitement when they sent me an offer saying that they wanted me to write the theme song for Ghost in the Shell. The reason for that is because millennium parade takes a lot of influence from Ghost in the Shell. I sent two replies asking to let me have a crack at it. The song we wrote, ‘Fly with me,’ is both the theme song for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and the theme song for millennium parade. That’s the kind of love and emotional attachment we have for this song, so I’m overjoyed at it playing a part in Ghost in the Shell. It will be released digitally worldwide this year, so please look forward to hearing it.”

 

ⒸMasamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・ Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee

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    Social media posting campaign

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    Yorushika – “Uso Tsuki” x “A Whisker Away”

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    Yorushika | Comment


    n-buna (Guitarist/Composer)

    We are a band that creates music based off the concept of a work, so we were concerned on how far we should express the outlook of this film, but we had no reason to be worried. We felt reassured when the director said to us on our first meeting with him that we could do as we liked. One concept from our next album is the feeling between transitioning from spring to early summer, which we thought didn’t stray from the film, so we continued writing in the way that we were at the time. All three of the songs we came up with is themed inside a town inside a memory.

     

    ‘Hana ni Bourei’… a ghost is pretty much just a memory, so this song is about looking at a memory of flowers blooming in the summer.

    ‘Yakou’… the ‘night’ which we’re talking about here is the night of life. Becoming an adult, forgetting things, heading towards death. These things have replaced nighttime [as we know it].

    ‘Uso Tsuki’… it means liar. The lyrics are laced with lines from [Japanese poet] Ozaki Hōsai.

     

    suis (Vocals)

    I love animated movies, so I am overjoyed and excited that Yorushika will be heard during the credit roll of one! At the same time, I felt it my goal to make everyone at the end of the film cry, so I wanted to make sure I sang a good song.

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

     

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  • Netflix Original Anime Japan Sinks 2020 New Stills Released

    12.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new series of stills has been released from the upcoming Netflix Original anime series Japan Sinks 2020, featuring snippets from the first half of the story where the characters go on a trip.

     

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  • New Cat Shots From Upcoming Anime Film ‘Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu’ Released

    29.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.

     

    The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon; Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHana; Black Butler; O Maidens in Your Savage Season).

    A new batch of images have been officially released featuring new shots of Muge as a cat and the secret cat world she lives in.

    Miyo Sasaki (voiced by Mirai Shida) is a 2nd year middle schooler a little different from the rest, and whose classmates called her “Muge” which is short for Mugendai Nazo Ningen in Japanese which roughly translates to “Infinitely Puzzling Human.” She’s head-over-heels for her classmates Kento Hinode (Natsuki Hanae), who she boldly tries to attack every day, but he pays her no attention. But she’s not discouraged and continues to approach him. She also has a big secret she can’t tell anyone about. The reason for Muge not giving up on her situation with Hinode is thanks to a mysterious mask she received from a cat shop owner which allows the wearer to turn into a cat. Muge uses this power to turn into a cat every day to visit Hinode’s house.

    Muge tries to approach her classmate Hinode every single day, but he’s at that point in his youth where he doesn’t know what road he should take in life. He’s into ceramics, loves cooking, and has a cute side too as he nicknames the cat that Muge transforms into “Taro.” Will his heart change for better of for worse if he finds out Muge’s secret?

     

    New details have been revealed for some of the other cats we will meet along the way. Eri Kitamura (Fairy TailBakemonogatariToradora!) will voice Kinako, a female cat that lives in the same house as Muge and is owned by her father’s fiance. Shinichiro Miki (PokémonFullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodMy Hero Academia) will voice Kakinuma, a reliable cat that Muge meets on the island of cats. Rei Sakuma (Ranma ½) will voice Tamaki who warns Muge to return to the human world immediately. Oolongta Yoshida will voice Sugita who shows Muge around cat island when she arrives. Fukushi Ochiai will voice Hajime who worries about Muge to the point of tears.

     

    ©2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee

  • Enter Virtual Shibuya: The New Ghost in the Shell Digital Platform

    20.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” with an opening event on May 19. The event Virtual Shibuya helped promote release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE—all of whom are fans of Ghost in the Shell.

     

    Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

     

    The guests joined over 50,000 users for the first event which went down a storm. Chinatsu Wakatsuki said: “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! I can’t go to Shibuya right now, so it felt like I got to visit home again after so long.”

     

    Shibuya was fully recreated a virtual space for people to visit

    Lots of Ghost in the Shell fans gathered in the city

    Everybody in this virtual world jumped into their avatar skins, including the diverse range of guests who probably would never have come together had it not been for the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as DJ LOVE, Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, and Naohiro Ukawa.

    The real world and the world of Ghost in the Shell collide

    The four performers, who were coming face to face with each other for the first time, talked to guests about what they love about Ghost in the Shell while strolling around Virtual Shibuya and having fun with fans on equal terms.

     

    Comments from the performers

    ・Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Future Design Shibuya)
    “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! Shibuya is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, like my first time using an avatar, and meeting new people for the first time, so I thought it was going to be difficult at first, but I found myself not nervous at all and had fun with everyone in there using this futuristic entertainment. Looking forward, au 5G will grow and the number of things we can do will as well. I hope to challenge myself as a tarento and a mum in many different things and have fun with this Virtual Shibuya!”

     

    ・“DJ LOVE” (SEKAI NO OWARI)
    “It felt like I had dived right into the world of Ghost in the Shell, my favourite series. It was a wonderfully fun event which expanded on my dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and I hope to perform live there at some point. I want to make stuff that people who haven’t been physically able to go to venues up to now can enjoy. I think it would be fun to communicate with people who participated.”

     

    ・Ange Katrina
    “The streets of Shibuya I know were completely transformed into the world of Ghost in the Shell, and my favourite Tachikoma made an appearance too. For a Ghost in the Shell fan like myself it was a whale of a time! Right now we have to battle with staying indoors. Me having disappeared has caused a bit of trouble, but the thrill of this virtual event has lifted my nerves. I had a lot of fun.”

     

    You can check out footage from the event in the video below which was posted on Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project’s official YouTube channel.

    The world of Ghost in the ShellVirtual Shibuya in can be experienced until May 31, 2020, so sign up while you still can.

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