THE LESS CREEPY MARKETING
Oh boy does Ghost in the Shell look like it’s going to be the latest in comic book adaptations that misses the point at every level. Aside from the obvious issues with white washing the protagonist and relocating from a fictional city to a real one (seriously, just make a new story) we now have, well their approach to whether or not to sexualize the protagonist.
The original 1995 anime movie adaptation made a few changes to the protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, she was shifted from being a young woman who performed frequent fan service and was very emotionally expressive to a sterner woman who might be in her forties with on brief periods of non-sexual nudity. Unsurprisingly, given the tone and weight of the subject matter, it went over really well with audiences.
Based off the recent collection of images, the makers of the latest adaptation are trying to have their cake and eat it too.
Which is ridiculous given that the original movie was massively successful in its own right, massively influential on media in Japan and the rest of the world without trying to rely on white “star power” or pandering.
This is what happens when a classic is repackaged by people are using outdated assumptions on what actually sells tickets. The tyranny of Creepy Marketing Guy continues.