Netflix Releases Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Staff Interview and Behind the Scenes Video

02.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is a 3D CG animated film that was released worldwide on Netflix on April 23, 2020. The film was 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.

Netflix has released a video on their YouTube channel which features interviews with the film’s directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki who discuss how the film came to be. It shows snippets of the voice recording, the actors in the motion capture studio, the team discussing the script together, and more. The directors also discuss the benefits from making the film fully 3D CG, as well as the hidden intentions behind the film’s theme and its time period setting.

 

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Interview & Behind-the-Scenes

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

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

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  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Film Gets Twitter Icons

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    STORY

    The year is 2045, and after being plunged into an economic disaster known as the “Synchronized Global Default,” the world is now engulfed in an AI-led “sustainable war.” Major Motoko Kusanagi and her second-in-command  Buttotsu Batou are former agents of Public Security Section 9, an information security and intelligence department. They must get the old team back together again and reassemble Section 9 to counter new forms of cyber threats, namely “post-humans” who have extreme intelligence and overwhelming physical strength.

     

    What are Tachikoma?

    The model sheet for the Tachikoma set to appear in the film have been revealed. They are walker robots and combat vehicles equipped with AI that fight alongside the members of Section 9.


    Tachikoma are popular within the Ghost in the Shell community. They featured on the front cover of German magazine Highsnobiety alongside Daiki Tsuneta (millennium parade, King Gnu) who will perform the film’s opening theme. They have also been turned into figurines.


    In Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the size of Tachikoma has changed: they now stand 1.3 meters tall, 2.0 meters wide, and 2.2 meters deepーjust the right size for Batou to ride them.


    Hashflags now available on Twitter

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

  • 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

  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened World Premiere Held in Tokyo

    25.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened is set to release on Netflix worldwide on December 30, 2019 as the fourth season of the popular anime series, adapted from Shūichi Asō’s popular gag manga of the same name.

    The cast and staff are returning to reprise their rolesーand the new season will also feature all-new characters. The series had its world premiere at Iino Hall in Tokyo on December 15, 2019.

     

    The premiere was attended by voice actors from the series: Hiroshi Kamiya (who voices Kusuo Saiki), Daisuke Ono (Riki Nendō), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Shun Kaidō), Masaya Matsukaze (Saiko Metori), Kenji Nojima (Kūsuke Saiki), and Mitsuo Iwata (Kuniharu Saiki), all of whom introduced themselves using their respective characters’ voices. This included Kamiya who voices the main character Kusuo Saiki, who made a joke about how full the room was: “My, my, it’s kind of noisy around here. I wonder if there’s around 500 people here. Spoilers―I know using telepathy that there’s 500.”

    The talk began with the cast commenting on the highlights of the upcoming season of the anime series. A point came up about how the dials of the tempo, rhythm and speed of the dialogue were turned up even higher during the voice recording―referring to the running gag of how fast the lines are said during the run of the show. Kamiya, who voices the protagonist, said: “Kusuo Saiki has a lot of seriously fast lines, but from season two onward, the number of times all the characters talk at crazy speeds increased. Now, all of the characters do it as much equally, so it’s been a tough ride for everyone <laughs>.”

    Kamiya also commented on the second episode of the new season, which is set to star characters from the popular manga series Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku by Shūichi Asō—the same author who wrote the The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga series―something which garnered much attention from anime and manga fans. He was asked about what he thought when he saw Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku feature in the series, and said: “It was hard work, the most taxing I think. I made notes for my performance on things I was told at the time, but now when I look back over them, I don’t understand what I wrote at all to the point where there’s not even a structure I can follow to check the script.”

    With regard the fact that the new season will once again stream on Netflix, which in turn means that there’ll be more people watching on smartphones and tablets, a fan asked, “Are there any scenes you’d rather people watch on a bigger screen or with headphones?” The anime’s director said: “During the classroom scenes, there’s various characters in the background saying their own things, so I’d love for people to listen to that with headphones. I’m currently researching voice balance. When I look back at the earlier episodes, I think there’s room for improvement.” Kenji Nojima, who voices Kūsuke Saiki, said: “What’s great about it being on Netflix is that people can watch it easily at any time. So you’re sure to always get some laughs even if you’re feeling down!”

    At the end of the talk, Kamiya said: “I was shocked when the anime series was first released on Netflix. And the fact it’s come this far on there makes it an incredible series. You have to take responsbility when animating a manga series. Saying that, I am happy we have been able to animate almost everything there is over this long period. The main voice recording was tough, but it’s great that Japan can distribute such an amazing series to 190 different countries. I believe it will lead to Japanese animation being praised even more around the world. The “pictures” which are the life of the series’ animation don’t move that much, but despite that, it’s still an entertaining watch. I beleive that’s thanks to the director, staff, and the author of the original work, Mr. Asō. I’d be overjoyed if we could work together like this again!”

     

    ©麻生周一/集英社・PK学園R

  • Mysterious Artist Nazome’s Netflix Anime Series ‘Levius’ OP & ED Themes Released Digitally

    28.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The mysterious artist who goes by the name Nazome (“Mysterious Girl”) and appeared out of nowhere recently has made her major debut under Warner Music Japan, releasing two songs on digital music platforms.

     

     The moment she released the two songs wit and love and child dancer, they were immediately appointed as the opening and ending theme songs for the Netflix original anime Levius. Shrouded in complete mystery, the only thing we know about this artist is that she is a female singer.

     

    Just one listen to the mysterious singer’s magnificent vocals is enough to have you taken aback by her skill and characteristic style, so much so that anyone would be surprised that she is a new artist. The instrumental arrangement of her songs will also leave you in awe. One thing that is clear in this mystery is that she is not like other new artists in the music scene. Her songs are handmade to describe the intricate world of Levius.

    The Levius opening and ending songs performed by Nazome are already available on digital services worldwide. The popular Levius series, which was written by Haruhisa Nakata, is about a lonely boy with a sensitive heart in a world of cybernetically augmented fighters. Following the manga’s immense popularity, the series is now being made into an anime by the main staff that worked on the anime series Ajin: Demi-Human. The main cast includes Nobunaga Shimazaki as Levius, Junichi Suwabe as Zachs, Takahiro Sakurai as Bill, and Ayane Sakura as Natalia.

     

    © Haruhisa Nakata/Shueisha Inc., Polygon Pictures, Inc.

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