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Ghost in the Shell Netflix Anime Season 2 Airs in May 2022

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A new season of Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 is in the works at Netflix, and it will premiere in May 2022. The company announced the new production with a trailer teasing the season. The teaser takes place sometime after the conclusion of the first season of Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045, which Netflix aired in 2020.

A sequel of sorts to 2010’s Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, SAC 2045 takes place 15 years after the original. A massive worldwide financial default has crashed global economies and collapsed all but the largest governments. The remaining powers maintain their economies by participating in a Metal Gear-like “Sustainable War.” It’s a constant, unending state of military conflict managed by AIs and conducted by mercenaries and private military groups.

During this conflict, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Public Security Section 9 deal with the threat of the Posthumans, people with cyberbrains who’ve gained dramatically enhanced abilities far beyond those of unmodified humans and “normal” cyborgs. One potential Posthuman highlighted in the Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 teaser is Purin Ezaki, the newest member of Section 9. Another Posthuman is seen carrying out terrorist attacks in the name of an unknown entity code-named “Big Brother.” Besides Motoko, characters like Section 9 member Batou, the “think-tank” Tachikomas, and Standard, a new recruit from the first season, are shown.

As with the first season, Sola Digital Arts and Production I.G. will produce Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 Season 2. I.G. produced the original Standalone Complex series, while Sola Digital Arts has produced Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki return to co-direct the new season, with character designs from artist Ilya Kuvshinov. The series’ music is composed by Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi, and the show’s theme song is performed by Tokyo-based music collective Millennium Parade. The voice cast will also return to reprise their roles. Atsuko Tanaka once again voices the Major, while Purin Esaki is voiced by Megumi Han.

Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 streams on Netflix. Its second season premieres in May 2022. The original Standalone Complex series is also available on Netflix. In 2015 Neople and Nexon developed SAC First Assault Online, a first-person online shooter based on the Standalone Complex setting, but shut it down in 2017.

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