Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Gets 2 More Tribute Manga in March
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This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomonori Inoue (Coppelion) and Tony Takezaki (AD Police) will both draw tribute manga chapters for DreamWorks and Paramount's live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Both will appear in the magazine's April issue, which ships on March 21.
The March issue had published tribute chapters by Takumi Ōyama and Nokuto Koike on Saturday. The February issue had published tribute chapters by Nobuaki Tadano, Yu Imai, and Masayuki Yamamoto. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga creator Yū Kinutani also drew a one-shot tribute manga for the film in the January issue.
Inoue launched the Coppelion manga in 2008 and ended the manga in February 2016. Kodansha published the manga's 26th and final compiled book volume on April 6. Crunchyroll published the manga digitally in English on its online platform, and Kodansha Comics is releasing the volumes digitally. The science-fiction military action series' television anime adaptation premiered in 2013. Viz Media streamed the anime as it aired in Japan and later streamed the series with an English dub. The distributor released the complete series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America in February 2015.
Viz Media released Takezaki's AD Police manga in 1995, and Dark Horse Comics released his Space Pinchy manga in 2007. Dark Horse Comics also published his Tony Takezaki's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga in 2015. Takezaki has also drawn the Geno Cyber, Tony Takezaki Presents Gundam Manga, and Dr. Kishiwada's Scientific Affection manga.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing the live-action Ghost in the Shell film, which stars Scarlett Johansson as the Major, and Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) as Batou. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) plays the Laughing Man. Director, comedian, and actor Beat Takeshi (also known as Takeshi Kitano) plays the Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki.
The film opens in the United States on March 31, and in Japan on April 7.