Confirmed only earlier today, Ghost In The Shell “ARISE” is already giving rise to significant concerns – key visuals of Motoko Kusanagi, the world’s most admired female cyborg, look far from their progenitor.
To change the face of an iconic character is blasphemous in itself, but this is truly the greatest degree of sin imaginable – her entire appearance has been reworked, and instead of a mature and established woman, we have some teenage radical with a flashy red jacket. It’s not that the design doesn’t fit Ghost In The Shell, it certainly looks like a character one may find in the series – but literally an expendable one.
This sort of tacky design would go to a prosthetic body which The Major would use perhaps once or twice and trash before returning to her proper form – but even given how evident such would be to any respectable fan of the series, someone over at Production IG intends to transgress all bounds and sully their remaining flagship masterpiece.
It doesn’t make any sense regardless of how one may look at it. In Stand Alone Complex’s second GiG, flashbacks presented Motoko to us in her earlier days a child, and even then, her prosthetics were distinctly reminiscent, and similar, to those of her grown self. Yet as seen here, the hair color is off, the mane is cut short, the visage is unfamiliar, and the choice of fashion is outright gaudy.
Presenting The Major with this look is just plain incorrect, not merely in that it doesn’t resemble her, but in that this design doesn’t capture any element of her character whatsoever.
Assuming the plot decides to write-in a shift in her character’s personality occurring somewhere along the lines of childhood and Section 9, that won’t change the fact it will be met with animosity for scarring a legendary name with unfitting rubbish that goes completely against any ideology of the work.
Yet this is all going under the context of worst case scenario, perhaps reality won’t prove so cruel.