If reports harvested by way of Crunchyroll are correct, an all-new Ghost in the Shell anime (compare prices) -- possibly either an OVA, TV series, or theatrical film -- is being released sometime in 2013.
According to an announcement allegedly to run in tomorrow's issue of Young Magazine in Japan, the creative team for the new project consists of some fairly major talents:
- Director Kazuchika Kise was an animator on the first and second Ghost in the Shell films.
- Screenwriter Tow Ubukata gave us Mardock Scramble, both the original novel and the script for its anime adaptation.
- Composer Cornelius provided the score for Appleseed: Ex Machina.
These credits stand in some contrast to the original films and TV series. The score for the show, for instance, was provided by the ever-versatile Yoko Kanno, creator of some of the best anime scores out there. Screenwriting duties were handled (in part) by Dai Sato, and the director, Kenji Kamiyama, also helmed another great adaptation, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.
Some fragmentary photos of the announcement can be seen at the Crunchyroll news article.
Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell has spawned a whole universe of offshoots: two theatrical films that are radically dissimilar to the original material, a two-season and one-OVA TV series, a manga re-adaptation of the TV series itself, and even video game versions. Word about a third TV series has been in the air for some time now, although apart from this nothing formal has yet materialized.
Update 2013/01/16 14:46: Anime News Network has confirmed this is a new series, with word about a live event on February 12 that will include clips from the new show, and staff and guests discussing it.
Image: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, courtesy Pricegrabber.