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Netflix will release a new Ghost in the Shell anime in 2020

When it comes to anime, Netflix has been on a tear recently. In November, the streaming service announced that it was creating a live-action version of Cowboy Bebop, new shows set in the worlds of Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon, and that it was bringing Neon Genesis Evangelion to subscribers. Now, another classic is coming: Ghost in the Shell.

As spotted by io9, Netflix announced that a new Ghost in the Shell anime is coming — Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 which will be directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed), and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Netflix doesn’t reveal any additional details, other than to say that it will be released sometime in 2020.

For the uninitiated, Ghost in the Shell is a long-running anime franchise that began its life as a cyberpunk manga in 1989, following a cyborg named Major Motoko Kusanagi who worked in a counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9. It was later adapted into a feature film in 1995, as well as several follow-up TV shows and sequels. Notoriously, Paramount’s live-action adaptation of the story sparked controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. Hopefully, this new story will be just the thing for fans to put that recent film firmly behind them.

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