Since its original release, in 1989, as a serialized manga by Mamoru Oshii and subsequent debut on the big screen in 1995, Ghost in the Shell has been hailed as one of the most influential anime of all time.
In 2017, it was re-made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Scarlett Johansson.
For Cyberpunk fans who just cannot get enough of this anime franchise, which was originally set in post-apocalyptic 2029, it is now possible to order your very own 1/4 scale model inspired from the main visual of the movie version from Bandai Namco Arts. The cyborg-human hybrid federal agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, has been brilliantly reimagined in three dimensions.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of Ghost in the Shell in Japan, this amazing polystone-polyurethane-PVC figure is certain to attract a lot of fans. Including the base, the figure stands 275mm tall. It would look right at home in Niihama or New Port City, the fictional location where the story takes place.
Under the supervision of Hiroyuki Okiura (沖浦啓之), who was the character design and animation director, and Kumiko Yusa (遊佐久美子), who was in charge of the color design, the character’s symbolic visuals have been precisely reproduced with extreme attention to detail.
Each figure will be sold with a special registration certificate containing the poster design at the time of publication. It is destined to become a valuable collector’s item almost immediately.
Does Not Come Cheap!
The hyper-realistic model does not come cheap! The list price in Japan is 107,800 JPY including 10% sales tax (approximately US $1,000). Each figure must be ordered in advance. Deliveries of the final product will not begin until March 25, 2022.
Since early April, the A-on STORE, the official online shopping site of Bandai Namco Arts, AmiAmi, and Amazon, and the online shopping site of Good Smile Company, started to accept advance orders. The period for placing such reservations will only be open through June 9.
Eager Anticipation from Fans
Despite the relatively high price, it seems as though there will be more than enough demand for the new figure.
Mominemu tweeted, “I want it!!! I want this!!! But the price is whoa!”
Kimaira recently went ahead with an order to be paid in installments. “Ah ah ah ah ah ah I was on Amazon so I made a reservation by splitting it into installment payments….. kelp sucking life…”
We hope that Kimaira will be able to escape the kelp forest!
Valued at more than 140 billion Japanese yen (approximately US $1.3 billion), the overall market for figures like this one is huge. In terms of market size, demand from the U.S. ranked #1. China ranked #2 and is likely to eclipse Japan- currently at #3- in the long run.
It would be interesting to see whether Scarlett Johansson is already on the reservation list!
Famous filmmakers and directors who have been influenced by the original manga, anime, and movie versions of the Ghost in the Shell- such as the Wachowski brothers who created The Matrix- are certain to place their orders soon. James Cameron, the creator of Avatar, is also, most certainly, on the list.
At the very least, this hyper-realistic model will make you question what it means to be human.
Now a self-declared "lifer" foreigner in Japan, Mark is the founder of the Real Gaijin Substack (https://realgaijin.substack.com/welcome). Now based in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, Mark is currently self-employed as an independent contractor focused on management and marketing consulting in the healthcare field. He had a long career at an American medical device manufacturer based in Chicago. Mark helped to found and ultimately run its wholly owned subsidiary in Tokyo. He completed a year-long Fulbright grant at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. Mark is also a 1990 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, U.S.A. where he earned a BA in both History and the Japanese language. During college Mark was an exchange student at both Waseda University and Nichibeikaiwagakuin in Tokyo where he studied intensive Japanese. Mark speaks business level Japanese and intends to remain in Japan indefinitely where he has lived for a total of more than 20 years. He likes to write about his experiences and has been a frequent contributor to the on-line media resource Japan Insider (https://japaninsider.com/) for which he typically writes about business-related issues, the unique culture of Japan, and travel. Mark likes the outdoors and is passionate about hiking, bicycle touring and marine sports—particularly sailing and windsurfing.