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Ghost in the Shell is getting the Hollywood treatment this summer which will no doubt expose the franchise to a whole new audience. To capitalize on this new-found interest in all things Ghost in the Shell, Funimation will be showing the original classic anime in select theaters nationwide next month.
The movie will be shown for two days. On February 7 it will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles, while the English dub will be shown on February 8. This is a nice way of giving fans an excuse to see the movie twice and get different experiences out of it. Tickets can be purchased from Funimation’s website where you can punch in your zip code and see which theater closest to you is screening it.
Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team who are tasked with protecting a futuristic Japan from cybernetic terrorist threats. It has been adapted into several TV series, movies, and even video games. It is one of the most recognizable anime in the world and has influenced a great number of industry professionals, including director James Cameron.
If you’re like most folks then you have most likely only ever seen Ghost in the Shell at home on your TV. The original movie is a very cinematic experience so it will be good to see it as it was always meant to be experienced. It will also be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the upcoming Scarlett Johansson-lead live-action film to see where that movie is taking its cues from.
It’s not every day that we get to see anime being shown in movie theaters in America. If you can, make sure to go watch Ghost in the Shell next month since it is one of the seminal works in its medium.