Production I.G founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa discusses the history and future of the sci-fi series
With the release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Production I.G founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa has been discussing the history and future of the sci-fi series. Along with offering insight into its production history, Ishikawa notes that the studio would like to get creator Masamune Shirow's approval for making more GiTS. Ideally, it would becoming a continuing franchise, with a role along the lines of the one that the regularly revived Gundam serves at Sunrise.
Ishikawa estimates that 90% of Ghost in the Shell fans are international, with only 10% the series followers residing in Japan. This could be an opportunity to win over a larger audience.
The decision to base the new Arise series around the backstory of cyborg heroine Major Motoko Kusanagi was driven by the hopes of making Ghost in the Shell more accessible. This has been a trend with Production I.G's Ghost in the Shell anime, starting with the 1995 anime movie, which Ishikawa feels is far easier to understand than the original manga.