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Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊, Kōkaku Kidōtai, literally "Mobile Armored Riot Police") is a Japanese multimedia science_fiction and mecha franchise created in 1989 by Shirou_Masamune. It is comprised of: Shirow's original manga (1989/1991, 2002 and 2003); two animated films (1995 and 2004) directed by Mamoru Oshii; two anime series (Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex in 2002-2003 and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig in 2004-2005), and their sequel OVA (Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Solid State Society in 2006); as well as several video games and novels.
The series focuses on the activities of the counter-terrorist organization Public Security Section 9 (公安9課), set in a futuristic, cyberpunk Japan.
An American live action adaptation was released in ghost_in_the_shell_(2017). The movie is directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger. The film stars Scarlett_Johannson, Kitano_Takeshi, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.
Major Kusanagi_Motoko, squad leader of Section 9's anti-terrorist unit
Batou, the major's partner
Togusa, an ex-police inspector
Chief Aramaki_Daisuke, Executive Director of Section 9
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