– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Paramount Pictures

Image via Paramount Pictures

No doubt about it, Ghost in the Shell has had its fair share of controversy. It’ll take a good while before fans will get over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the role that was largely intended for a Japanese woman (at least based on the source material). No amount of logical acrobats will change that fact. But now that the deed is done, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy the film for what it is, right?

The studio has already released a series of mysterious clips that tout the aesthetic of the live-action film. From what we’ve been able to see, they’re doing their best to recreate the look of the anime adaptation from the 1990s, which is not a terrible direction to go. Now, they’ve released a new clip that further threatens to blur the line between the anime and the upcoming live-action film.

Check it out below!

Those who’ve watched the anime (I personally have never read the manga, so I can’t speak as to whether or not that was pulled from there) will notice the striking resemblance to a similar scene wherein the Major took out this baddie in the shallows in a near-identical fashion.

You can check out that scene below:

Obviously, it’s a bit too early to tell whether or not this movie will end up being any good, but from the looks of these teasers, they definitely seem to be making some bold visual choices in sticking so close to the anime adaptation. Once we get an honest-to-goodness trailer, we’ll be able to see how the film is shaping up narratively, which is the most important part of this whole thing.

Like this year was a pivotal year for video game adaptations, between such films as Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, next year will be for anime adaptations. Between Netflix and theatrical releases we’ll be getting both Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, two high profile properties that could potentially open the floodgates for more anime-centric adaptations. You can bet we’ll be keeping a close eye on both films in terms of quality and performance in the coming year.

Does this clip give you anymore confidence? Let us know in the comments down below!

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017.

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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

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.