Ever since it first appeared on the manga scene back in 1989, Ghost in the Shell has gradually accrued a reputation for being one of the most respected anime series in the business. Heck, the IP is now beginning to makes waves in the west thanks to a live-action adaptation of the post-cyberpunk title, which recently cast Lucy star Scarlett Johnasson in the lead role.
And now, hot on the heels of that announcement, it looks as though Motoko Kusanagi is gearing up for another adventure in the anime scene after the studio revealed an enticing new promo for a brand new series in the GitS lore — one which has been billed as an “evolution” to the story. Thankfully, Animated News Network translated the text within the trailer, which reads as so:
The legendary science-fiction work that caused a revolution around the world.
Original Work [by] Masamune Shirow
A work in celebration of 25 years
The awakened ghost whispers…
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Alas, details on the project are thin on the ground, though we understand that the majority of the creative crew that collaborated on Ghost in the Shell: Arise — a four-part series that debuted last year — will make the jump to this new-fangled release, not to mention director Kazuchika Kise.
Moreover, the cast from Arise will also feature front and center, including Maaya Sakamoto, Ikkyuu Juku, Kenichirou Matsuda, Tarusuke Shingaki, Shunsuke Sakuya, Takurou Nakakuni, Youji Ueda, Kazuya Nakai, and Miyuki Sawashiro.
Currently, the new Ghost in the Shell anime feature is scheduled to debut in Japan in the summer of 2015, though it remains unclear whether Kusanagi’s latest outing will make its way west.