Ghost in the Shell is a very popular Japanese anime and manga, but if you've never experienced them, you probably have little idea what's actually going on in the ads. A new trailer will fill in at least some of these details. Of course, even if you are familiar with the original material, you may want to check out the trailer, as it may not exactly like the stories you remember.
While previous trailers and ad spots for Ghost in the Shell have been very interesting to look at, they haven't done much for us in the story department. This new full trailer, coming on the heels of the Super Bowl ad, goes a long way to explaining a lot of what is going on in the world of the film. Ghost in the Shell will see the cyborg character played by Scarlett Johansson, The Major, investigating an enemy who has the ability to hack the human mind. At the same time, this same villain, or somebody else, seems to be trying to help The Major understand who she was before she became a mostly machine agent of the government. It seems that the truth of that matter may not be what she believes it to be.
While the first half of that story, showing a technology based enemy, falls in line with what fans of Ghost in the Shell would be expecting to see, the other part of the trailer, which had been hinted at previously, seems to include the idea that the creation of The Major was not done as a way to save her, as she believed, but instead was potentially done against her will. While the backstory of the character has never been delved into deeply in the previous versions of the story, there has never been much indication that the government organization that she worked for, called Section 9, had any intentions beyond upholding the law. It's possible of course, that the trailer is using editing to intentionally mislead the audience in order keep the surprise.
To be fair, between the original comic, the 1990s animated movie, and the animated series that followed that, no two versions of the story have been entirely identical, so even if the live-action Ghost in the Shell makes a significant departure, that doesn't mean that it won't tell a good story in its own right.
Ghost in the Shell came under fire when Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role due to the fact that the Japanese story would not have a Japanese actress in the lead. It will be interesting to see if there may have been a more intentional reason for that change due to other ways that the story is being modified for the live-action version.
What do you think of the way the new Ghost in the Shell is shaping up? Is this looking good or is it looking like a mess? Let us know in the comments.