When you think “ahead of its time”, you think Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, you think James Cameron’s Avatar, you think Robert Zemeckis’ Back To The Future. When you think ahead of its time in the anime world, projects such as Wicked City, Akira and Ghost In The Shell come to mind.
Ghost In The Shell is a 1995 science fiction anime which followed public-security agency Section 9, under assault-team leader Motoko Kusanagi, and their hunt for a terrorist called the puppet master. It was with deep themes, exploring the ramifications of technological advancements and self-identification; things that remain thoroughly relevant even 20 years later.
Production I.G. has plans to release a new original story in the Ghost In The Shell franchise, which will be a 360-degree, 3D video experience. The concept of Ghost In The Shell really lends itself to this type of technological advancement. The 15-minute piece of work will be available as an app via Google Play and the Apple Store, with a release date yet to be announced. Production I.G. also has plans to release the project for PlayStation VR.
Below are two videos promoting the app, the first video being a 2D teaser, and the second being a 360/VR video which can be viewed using peripherals such as Google Cardboard.
A World of Purity: HOLY GROUND
“To end the war and protect my wife, I must delete you all …” Japan, 2025. Technology has been advancing more and more rapidly. ‘Brain Cyberization’ that makes possible direct connections to information networks via the brain; the technology of ‘Prosthetic Bodies’ that allows humans to change their body parts into cybernetic ones. In this world where such scientific advances have become common, a bombing attack threat is sent to the Japanese government. The target is an international meeting involving dignitaries from the Republic of Kuzan. The case is entrusted to the ministry of Home Affairs’ public security Section 9. Section 9’s leader, the full-cyborg Motoko Kusanagi, assembles her team and heads off to trap and eliminate the terrorist.”
It will be interesting to see where the world of anime goes, with the incorporation of VR technology. Could we see Akira or even Attack On Titan in VR soon?