– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Despite some serious backlash and controversy over its supposed whitewashing of a beloved Japanese property, Ghost In The Shell is performing very nicely in Japan. The first trailer for the film recently debuted, and the Japanese-subtitled YouTube version of the trailer has already notched north of a quarter million views with the “Likes” outnumbering the “Dislikes” by a margin of 10 to 1.

They seem to be liking what they’re seeing, and this is the latest indication of Japanese Ghost In The Shell fans being caught off-guard by the backlash the production has received here in the States ever since it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would be playing The Major.

Reports coming out of the Japanese film industry and its fans, dating back to April of this year, have indicated that fans of the original property never even expected the Hollywood version to cast a Japanese actress in the first place. 

Many commenters are raving about the faithful recreation of certain sequences from the anime movie version of Ghost In The Shell, and praising the fact that the Japanese property will now get a global audience with a star of Johansson’s magnitude attached to it. In general, it would appear there’s an air of excitement surrounding the project in Japan, and while it’s apparently been there all along, the trailer has only added to it.

Have you seen the trailer for Ghost In The Shell yet?

Ghost In The Shell arrives on March 31.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.