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Ghost in the Shell, Excel Saga Creators’ Manga Gets Anime

Somehow this one snuck by me, but back in 2012, the unlikely combination of Masamune Shirow (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) and Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga) teamed up to create a manga called Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn.

Now that manga has been adapted into an limited event anime, and a trailer has been released.

Pandora in the Crimson Shell is directed by Munenori Nawa (D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~) with a script from Tatsuya Takahashi (The Idolm@ster Movie). The anime, which runs about 50 minutes, will play in limited release in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya starting December 5.

The original manga, which started in 2012, is being released in the States by Seven Seas, who brought out volume 2 this past October. They describe the manga like this:

When Nanakorobi Nene, a cybernetically-enhanced girl-next-door, heads to the island metropolis of Cenancle to live with her aunt, she has no way of knowing what’s in store for her. A chance meeting intertwines her fate with that of the super-rich inventor, Uzal Delilah, and her adorable and grumpy companion, Clarion, who happens to be a cyborg just like Nene.

Nene is thrilled to make a friend, but there’s more to Uzal and Clarion-and the island of Cenancle itself-than meets the eye. When a super-powered terrorist threatens Cenancle, Uzal claims that the only way to avert disaster is for Nene to team up with Clarion and use their combined powers-abilities Nene never even knew she had!

Two cyborg girls… One tremendous power!

This kind of came out of nowhere, but I’m definitely looking forward to it. We’ll have a review when Pandora in the Crimson Shell opens next month!

Source: ANN

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.