Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.
Seinen manga are manga marketed to adolescent boys and men old enough to read kanji.
Masamune Shirow is the pen name of Japanese manga artist Masanori Ota.
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The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid-21st century of Japan.
Public Security Section 9 is a fictional intelligence department from Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga and anime series.
A tankōbon is the Japanese term for a book that is complete in itself and is not part of a series or corpus.
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Animation studio Production I.G has produced several different anime adaptations of Ghost in the Shell, starting with the 1995 film of the same name, telling the story of Section 9's investigation of the Puppet Master.
The television series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex followed in 2002, telling an alternate story from the manga and first film, featuring Section 9's investigations of government corruption in the Laughing Man and Individual Eleven incidents.
2013 saw the start of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise original video animation series, consisting of four parts through mid-2014.
Original video animation, abbreviated as OVA media, are animated films and series made specially for release in home video formats without prior showings on television or in theatres, though the first part of an OVA series may be broadcast for promotional purposes.
Ghost in the Shell: Arise, also known in Japan as Mobile Armored Riot Police: Arise, is an original video animation and television series that serves as a re-imagining of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell.
The series was recompiled in early 2015 as a television series titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture, airing with an additional two episodes.
An animated feature film produced by most of the Arise staff, titled Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, was released on June 20, 2015.
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, also known as Ghost in the Shell: The Rising or New Ghost in the Shell, is a 2015 anime science fiction action spy thriller film directed by Kazuya Nomura.
A live-action American film of the same name is scheduled for release on March 31, 2017.
In filmmaking, video production, and other media, live action is cinematography or videography that does not use animation.