Lionsgate Announces That Ghost in the Shell Will Arrive on 4K and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8, 2020

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time when Ghost in the Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital 4K Ultra HD) and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8, 2020 from Lionsgate. Based on the manga from Japanese writer and illustrator Shirow Masamune, the film’s voice cast includes Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, and Kôichi Yamadera. Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and featuring fan-favorite commemorative artwork from pop illustrator Martin Ansin – along with brand new bonus material – this will be the most definitive Ghost in the Shell package to date.

2029: A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Director Mamoru Oshii’s award-winning cyber-tech thriller, based on the comic book by Shirow Masamune, is lauded as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

The Ghost in the Shell special features include an audio commentary as well as two brand new bonus featurettes: “Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” and “Landscapes & Dreamscapes – The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell.” Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.

The Ghost in the Shell 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.


  • Full-length audio commentary of Ghost in the Shell with Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of “Batou”), and Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic)
  • “Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” Featurette
  • “Landscapes & Dreamscapes: The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell” Featurette


  • Production Report & Digital Works Featuretes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Crunchyroll Announces Simulpub Manga Additions to Its Service

Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event that it launched three new simulpub manga from Kodansha Comics, including Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and ASHIDAKA – The Iron Hero. All three titles are available now.

CLAMP launched the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card sequel manga in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine in June 2016.

The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm launched in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in September 2019.

ASHIDAKA – The Iron Hero launched in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine on January 6, 2020.

Source: ANN

Kodansha USA Announces New Manga Licenses and Print Releases

Kodansha Comics has announced the following manga licenses and print releases:

  • Codename: Sailor V Eternal Edition by Naoko Takeuchi [release date: January 5, 2021]
  • The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm by Jun’ichi Fujisaku, Yuki Yoshimoto, and Masamune Shirow [release dates: June 23, 2020 (Volume 1), December 1, 2020 (Volume 2)]
  • Mashima HERO’S by Hiro Mashima [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • Orient by Shinobu Ohtaka [release date: January 5, 2021]
  • Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite by Chomoran [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie by Keigo Maki [release date: November 3, 2020]
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest by Tae Tono, Fuse, and Mitz Vah [release date: October 20, 2020]
  • Those Not-So-Sweet Boys by Yōko Nogiri [release date: January 12, 2021]

Kodansha USA announced that it’s Vertical imprint will be releasing the following title for print release:

  • With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun by Hidekichi Matsumoto [release date: September 1, 2020]

Source: ANN

Los Angeles’ Secret Movie Club Hosts Anime Buffet Series in 2020

In 2020, the Los Angeles-based Secret Movie Club is hosting screenings of some of the most beloved anime of all time, as part of their Anime Buffet programming slate, which will run from January through April 2020. The Anime Buffet slate is scheduled to include such films as Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Metropolis (2001), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Vampire Hunter D, Grave of the Fireflies, and Tokyo Godfathers. Screenings will alternate between two different locations: the Vista Theater in Los Feliz, the historic single screen theater built in 1922, and the Club, Secret Movie Club’s new downtown location.

“Secret Movie Club loves to make new discoveries with its programs. Japanese anime is so big and complex, so we wanted to do a series that showcases how diverse these movies are,” said Secret Movie Club Founder Craig Hammill, “As programmers, it’s easy to get lazy and and just show the great Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki films, which we love, but we wanted to go deeper. This series gives us the chance to do a mini-retrospective of the work of anime legend Satoshi Kon, as well as a screening of Vampire Hunter D, an early anime masterpieces that pushed the artform with adult content, and the emotionally profound film Grave of the Fireflies and the popular Cowboy Bebop (which is almost sold out already). We look at these series as journeys. And really look forward to going on this anime journey with our audience.”

Attendees can purchase limited edition Secret Movie Club posters for every screening at all events, which feature new art by contemporary illustrators. Each film is preceded by a brief talk from Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill and a trivia question for the audience.


(2001, Sony, dir by Shinichiro Watanabe, 35mm, 115mns)

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 11:59p, The Vista

In 2071, earth has been ravaged by catastrophe. Humans have colonized other planets and the universe is a new Wild West. A group of Bounty Hunters travel on the spaceship BeBop in search of quarry and rewards. When a contagion gets released in a truck disaster on Mars, our heroes-Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein (a dog with human-grade smarts due to artificial enhancement) go off in search of the culprit and the reward that goes with it.

“One of the great things with Japanese anime, as with all cinema and art, is how each set of creators imbue the genre with their own personal style and stamp,” said Craig Hammill. “Cowboy Be Bop, as its title itself implies, is a mashup of sci-fi, westerns, Hong Kong action movies, and an improvisatory iconoclastic jazz rhythm that make the viewing experience a total blast and totally singular.”


(1985, Sentai Filmworks, dir by Toyoo Ashida, 80mns)

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:30p, The Club, 1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, LA, CA 90021

The movie centers on Doris Lang, the daughter of a werewolf hunter, who gets bitten by 10,000 year old Count Magnus Lee one night. She then meets a strange vampire hunter, who only goes by the name D, and employs him to take on the long-lost vampire lord and try to help her from becoming a vampire herself.

Vampire Hunter D is one of the earliest examples of Japanese anime that was made explicitly with teenagers and adults more in mind than children,” said Hammill. “Made for the then emerging direct to video market, Vampire Hunter D had a smaller budget than its feature film peers. But in a strange way, this freed up director Toyoo Ashida to make a more exciting, violent, sensual animation. Ashida has gone on the record as saying his intent with the movie was to make something thrilling that tired students could enjoy during study breaks rather than make an anime that further exhausted them. Full of genre mash-ups, amazing art and design, and storytelling, Vampire Hunter D definitely serves as a prototype and torch in the darkness for future directors like Satoshi Kon, who will take anime into ever more complex, adult, shadowy realms.”


(1995, Lionsgate, dir by Mamoru Oshii, 85mns)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 11:59p, The Vista

Often the cyberpunk genre, which would come to full flourish here in the United States with the Wachowski’s The Matrix, can be traced most directly to two Japanese anime parents: 1988’s Akira and 1995’s Ghost in the Shell. Often considered one of the greatest Japanese anime movies of all time, Ghost in the Shell dives head first into the darker, deeper waters of more adult sci-fi.

It’s 2029 and the human body can be augmented with “smart” prosthetic cybernetics. The most recent innovation, and the most terrifying, is a cyberbrain, which allows humans to now go online/get hooked into the internet, straight through their neural pathways. Our hero, Motoko Kusanagi, is part of an elite squad that fights crime in “New Port City” in Japan. Currently, they are kept busy by an arch criminal known as “The Puppet Master” who appears to have the ability to hack into these “cyberbrains” and get folks to assassinate, kill, commit crimes. As Motoko further explores what’s going on with both the Puppet Master and the innovations in cybernetics, she stumbles across a revelation that goes to the very heart of our philosophical understanding of what makes us unique individuals: what constitutes our “soul.”


(2006, Sony Pictures Classics, dir by Satoshi Kon, 35mm, 90mns)

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 11:59p, The Vista

If Hayao Miyazaki is synonymous with a kind of all-ages wildly imaginative Japanese anime, then director Satoshi Kon is synonymous with a Japanese anime that dares to go to the very limits of what any kind of cinema can explore in terms of human psychology, fear, desire, imagination. And he does it in the most creative and miraculous of artistic ways.

Paprika is one of his wildest mind-bending creations of all. In the near-future, there is a device called the “DC Mini” which allows Dr. Atsuko Chiba to enter the dreams of her patients (using her alter-ego “Paprika”) to help try to discover the root of their fears, anxieties, and hang ups. But the problem is that the “DC Mini” is still in prototype mode with no restrictions or safety barriers whatsoever. And if it gets into the wrong hands (which of course it does), it allows the thieves to enter dreams for more sinister and nefarious reasons.


(2001, Sony, dir by Rintaro, 113mns total, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 10:45p, The Club

Written by Katsohiro Otomo (writer/director of the classic anime Akira), Metropolis shares much of its DNA with that seminal anime classic including a central character who is rocked to their psychological core by the realization of their “super human” abilities and an impending apocalypse that threatens the entire foundations of a huge city.


(2002, 11 Arts, dir by Satoshi Kon, 82mns, Japanese with English subtitles)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 8p, The Club

Millennium Actress tells the emotional story (in a decidedly surreal and modernist way) of famous actor Chiyoko Fujiwara, who tells her life story to documentarians and explains she only ever became an actress in the hopes of being recognized by an artist/political rebel she fell in love with as a teenager and never saw again. As Chiyoko tells her story, it becomes hard to tell what’s her real life, what are movie scenes she starred in, and where fiction/reality meet and diverge.

Special Note: There will be three originally written 3-4 minute monologues performed by three actresses ahead of the screening running a total of 10-12 minutes.


(1997, GKIDS, dir by Satoshi Kon, 35mm, 81mns)

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:59p, The Vista

Kon fully commits to an anime that is as rich, dark, and complex as any Scorsese, Kubrick, Lynch, or Bergman movie. But with the added benefit of being able to cinematically represent psychological states of mind in a way that is often impossible in live-action cinema.

“If you want to see anime that absolutely succeeds in expanding the playing field of what cinema can do, come join us for Perfect Blue,” said Hammill.


(2006, FUNimation, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, 98mns; English dubbed version)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 10:30a, the Vista

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of young teenager Makoto Konno who discovers a magical object in her high school that allows her to leap through time and prevent situations that caused her great embarrassment. This premise, as with all good premises fully explored, deepens into a meditation on wish fulfillment versus reality. Makoto, first using the device for frivolous things, comes to realize that the device has its price. And that she is not the only one using it…


(1988, GKids, directed by Isao Takahata, 90mns; Japanese with English subtitles)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 @ 10:30a, the Vista

One of the absolute greatest animes ever made, Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata, deals with siblings Seita and Satsuko, who have to rely on each other to survive after they’re separated from their parents during the American fire-bombing of Tokyo in the late stages of World War II.

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Secret Movie Club is a group project among the founders and the audience. Audience suggestions are taken and often used. Secret Movie Club aims to celebrate the wonderful experience that comes from watching the world’s greatest movies in great movie theaters with great audiences.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Four Anime Films Added to Its Streaming Platform

FUNimation Entertainment has added the following four anime films on its Funimation Now service:

  • Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Steins;Gate – The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu

The films are available both with an English dub and subtitles.

Source: ANN

New Ghost in the Shell Anime Project to Premiere on Netflix in 2020

Netflix’s sci-fi focused Twitter account has announced that the new Ghost in the Shell anime is titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The anime will premiere on Netflix in 2020.

Kodansha and Production I.G announced a new anime based on Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga in April 2017. Production I.G. USA president Maki Terashima-Furuta had previously stated during an interview that the anime would have two 12-episode seasons, with Kenji Kamiyama directing one of the seasons, and Shinji Aramaki directing the other.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds More Titles to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has added the following new shows and episodes from FUNimation Entertainment to its catalog:

  • The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands)
  • The Betrayal Knows My Name (U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands)
  • Ikki Tousen (Crunchyroll has not revealed the territories of availability)
  • D.Gray-man Season 3-4 (episodes 78-103)
  • Shakugan no Shana (United States, Canada)
  • Shakugan no Shana Second (United States, Canada)
  • Shakugan no Shana III (Final) (United States, Canada)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Arise (U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, South Africa)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture (U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, South Africa)
  • Tokyo Ravens (United States, Canada)
  • Trigun (United States, Canada, South Africa)
  • Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (United States, Canada)
  • My-HiME (United States, Canada)
  • Outlaw Star (United States, Canada)
  • Moeyo Ken (U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa)

The site also added the second extra episode for Space Battleship Tiramisu.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics’ Announcements at New York Comic Con

Kodansha Comics has announced during its panel at New York Comic Con that it has licensed Mitsurou Kubo’s Again!! manga. The company will begin releasing the series in print in February 2018.

The company will also begin releasing Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume), Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka’s Grand Blue Dreaming (Grand Blue), and Yoshitoki Ōima’s To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) manga in print. Grand Blue Dreaming and Tokyo Tarareba Girls are scheduled to be released in Summer 2018, and To Your Eternity is scheduled for 2018. Kodansha Comics has been releasing all three manga digitally.

In addition, Kodansha Comics will release a box set for Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice manga in Fall 2017, as well as a complete box set for its Deluxe Edition releases of the Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 1.5, and Ghost in the Shell 2 manga in November 2017.

Source: ANN

New York City Museum of Modern Art to Screen Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Film

The New York City Museum of Modern Art will screen the film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence as part of its “Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction” exhibition. The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

The movie will screen on August 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the museum’s Theater 2. Tickets will go on sale for the two showings on August 4, 2017 and August 5, 2017, respectively.

Source: ANN

FUNimation and Lionsgate to Screen 1995 Ghost in the Shell Anime Film

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is partnering with Lionsgate to screen Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell anime film in theaters in the United States on February 7 and 8, 2017. The February 7 screening will have the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, while the February 8 screening will have the English dub. Tickets for 110 theaters are available via FUNimation’s website.

Lionsgate will release the film on Blu-ray Disc with Digital HD on a collector’s edition with Steelbook packaging on March 7, 2017. Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film in 2016 as a 25th anniversary Steelbook edition Blu-ray Disc. Lionsgate has since acquired Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Source: ANN