Two years after the first season aired on Netflix, the publisher is bringing Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 for another season in just a few months. The 3D animated series chronicles the missions of a team led by Major Motoko Kusanagi (voiced by Atsuko Tanaka and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), a synthetic and cybernetic human tasked with uncovering the secrets of war in a dystopian world.
As part of the anime-related content list announced by Netflix today, the trailer for the series has been revealed, with an agreed release date of May 23. The trailer shows we can look forward to the second season, packed with action and featuring every weapon you can imagine. From ordinary weapons to traditional Ghost in the Shell deadly robots and even missiles and the threat of nuclear attack, the second season introduces an idea that jeopardizes the concept of sustainable warfare and creates a futuristic conflict environment that the rest of the countries are fighting for.
The trailer also reveals that a new threat has risen: a group identifying themselves as “N”. Humans whose cyber-brains are turned upside down, turning them into super-individuals known as post-humans. They’re fast, they’re capable, they seem like tough opponents and they want their independence. The trailer ends with a reference to 1984, which states that this season will also become politicized and will touch upon issues such as free will and rebellion. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is based on the 1980 Japanese manga series by author Masamune Shirow.
The series uses the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series as a setting. The manga series has also inspired a critically acclaimed anime series that has gained a cult legacy and retains a loyal fan base to this day. A film adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson as Major was released in 2017, however, it was negatively received by fans and critics alike. The second season of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki, who directed the animated series Ultraman and Blade Runner: Black Lotus for Netflix.