Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is a Japanese original net animation program based on the 1980s Japanese manga series Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. The manga, serialized in 1989 under the subtitle The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as of its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyber terrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, and is set in mid-21st century Japan.
The show made its debut on April 23, 2020, and concluded its first season with twelve episodes. The first season received negative responses from the audience and garnered a 14% approval rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Due to multiple factors, critics and viewers considered it inferior to the previous Ghost in the Shell media.
Despite such a response, the show is scheduled to air its second season on May 23, 2022. It’s pretty easy to understand the fans’ doubts because the Ghost in the Shell anime of the 90s is one of the most iconic anime chronologies.
The story follows the journey set in 2045, just after an economic disaster known as the Simultaneous Global Default decimated the significance of all forms of paper and electronic currency. Then the “Big 4” nations of the world are engaged in a state of never-ending “Sustainable War” to keep the economy going. It revolves around Motoko, Batou, and other members of Public Security Section 9 who have contracted themselves out as mercenaries under the group “GHOST,” using their cybernetic enhancements and battle experience to earn a living while defusing hot-spots across the globe.
The show has become one of the most controversial shows on Netflix. Regardless, the controversy didn’t make room for any wrongdoings behind the scenes but merely the design of the animation upset many faithful Ghost in the Shell lovers. Hence, it will be pretty interesting to watch how the second season will tackle the unpleasant comments and expectations from the viewers. For further updates, stay tuned.