At this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, Kodansha Comics announced plans for new releases of a pair of sci-fi classics. Timed for the live-action adaptation, a new, deluxe re-release of Ghost in the Shell, 1, 1.5 and 2 is slated for 2017. A set of the complete Akira is also being prepared for 2017. More after the jump.
Ghost in the Shell: The Movie - Virtual Reality Diver - a virtual reality experience based on the landmark cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow - has arrived at the I.G Store in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
The name of SP International Pictures' Steven Paul recently came up in relationship to their involvement with the remake of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's Lone Wolf and Cub. Paul is also involved with the live-action Ghost in the Shell, and, sensitive to the controversies around casting Scarlett Johanssoy, Paul was clear that LWaC will feature an essentially Japanese cast. Subsequently, Buzz Feed caught up with Paul to discuss GitS.
Back in April we got our first look at Scarlett Johansson as the Major in director Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation, but we haven't seen much else since. That changed this week thanks to some street snaps taken on location in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, showing some at least partially-costumed shots of Johansson, as well as Pilou Asbæk as Batou. More after the jump.
Hollywood Reporter's comics/geek media focused Heat Vision has learned that the live-action Ghost in the Shell has added Tokyo-born actress Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine's Kukio, Arrow's Katana). Her role is not specified. More after the jump.
Part of what makes Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex so awesome is definitely the Tachikoma. Just think about what a Tachikoma could do if it inspired a guitar. Actually, you don't even have to think about it that hard. It happened! Hit the jump for more!
Work continues on the project by Amauchi Industry and karakuri products to reproduce the Tachikomas from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as 1/2 scale industrial robots, and a mock-up of the exterior shell of Tachikoma was recently on display at the Nico Nico Super Conference 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.