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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 3DCG Anime's Characters Designed by Birthday Wonderland's Ilya Kuvshinov

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Russian artist designed Keiichi Hara's latest film before 2020 Netflix series

Netflix announced at France's 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Tuesday that Ilya Kuvshinov is designing the characters in Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the new 3D CG Ghost in the Shell anime premiering worldwide next year. The staff also presented a new image visual of Motoko Kusanagi from the series.

Kuvshinov is a Russian illustrator who designed the characters in Keiichi Hara's April 2019 film Birthday Wonderland. A self-professed fan of Japanese animation, Kuvshinov recalls watching Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Ghost in the Shell film when he was six years old. He remembers wanting to make amazing projects like that film and deciding then to work in Japan. He considers it truly an honor to take part in the latest series in this pivotal franchise.

Kodansha and Production I.G announced a new anime based on Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga in April 2017. Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing the project at Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts. Production I.G. USA president Maki Terashima-Furuta previously stated during an interview that the anime would have two 12-episode seasons, with Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) directing one of the seasons, and Aramaki (Appleseed) directing the other.

Production I.G previously produced Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence films in 1995 and 2004, respectively, as well as the 2002 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television anime and its TV sequel, original video anime (OVAs), and film. In 2013, Production I.G adapted the material into the Ghost in the Shell Arise prequel OVA, which it later remixed into a television series. Most recently, the studio debuted Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie in 2015 and the Ghost in the Shell VR Diver smartphone video in 2017.

Dark Horse Comics and later Kodansha Comics published Shirow's original 1991 manga and its sequels in North America.

DreamWorks and Paramount's live-action film adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson opened in the United States in March 2017, and opened in Japan in April 2017.

Aramaki and Kamiyama are also directing the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga, which premiered on Netflix globally on April 1. Netflix announced a second season at Annecy this week. Additionally, the two will also co-direct an upcoming Blade Runner — Black Lotus anime series based on the Blade Runner 2049 film. Kamiyama and Aramaki will work on Blade Runner — Black Lotus after Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045.

Source: Comic Natalie

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