Next month, Ghost in the Shell will be making a big entrance into theaters when Paramount premieres its live-action adaptation of the manga series. The iconic cyberpunk story is one that filmmakers have long cited as a genre-bending classic; Even the directors of The Matrix cite the series as a major influence. And, in 2017, a new manga short story will be added to Ghost in the Shell's extensive canon.
Thanks to one manga artist, Ghost in the Shell will be making a comeback on paper this year. Boichi, a Korean-born artist, was tapped by Kodansha to create a one-shot manga based on Masamune Shirow’s famed franchise. The publisher has plans to release a new set of anthology stories for Ghost in the Shell to coincide with the live-action movie, and Boichi is now teasing fans with a first-look at his work.
Over on Twitter, the artist shared a few pictures of his manga with fans from his website. The isolated images show various body parts of Major Motoko Kusanagi while a larger black-and-white image shows the cybernetic heroine in all her high-tech glory. You can check out the images in the following slides!
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Based on Masamune Shirow’s acclaimed manga, Ghost in the Shell is a story that marries hi-tech action and philosophical musings. The series follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a special ops leader at the anti-terrorist organization Section 9. The heroine is also a one-of-a-kind cybernetic human with a full body prosthesis. Tasked with catching bad guys, the Major works with her colleagues to catch criminals and extremists who wish to deconstruct society’s cybernetic advancements.
Ghost in the Shell is directed by Rupert Sanders, from a screenplay written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss. It stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, Chin Han as Togusa, Michael Pitt as Kuze, and Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet.
GHOST IN THE SHELL by BOICHI BOOYAhttps://t.co/7ob1xlbN6E— BoichiCom (@BoichiCom) February 13, 2017
Ghost in the Shell opens in theaters March 31, 2017.