Renewed or Cancelled – will there be a Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 3?

May 23, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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This article discusses the potential of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 3 and its renewed or cancelled status. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words and our breakdown of the ending by clicking these ones.

Netflix’s controversial CG anime series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 debuted its second season today, May 23, 2022, presumably bringing the story to a close. But is it really over? With a relatively open finale, and dealing with such a beloved IP, there is bound to be a lot of speculation about the show’s potential future, so we’ve assembled everything we know about it right now for your convenience.

Renewed or canceled status – will there be a Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 3?

Status: TBC

As of right now, there aren’t any official plans to continue the series beyond the second season. As a matter of fact, it was clarified in an interview with Production I.G. USA president Maki Terashima-Furuta on Anime News Network that the story being told was intended to be spread across two seasons, and it seems like that has been accomplished. While the ending wasn’t exactly conclusive, it certainly felt like a thematic denouement if not necessarily a narrative one.

We should also consider that the show wasn’t especially well-received, mostly thanks to its ill-advised CG animation style rather than a more traditional hand-drawn approach. It also exists within a sub-continuity separate from that of Masamune Shirow’s original manga or Mamoru Oshii’s landmark 1995 anime film. Ghost in the Shell is a beloved property, but as of now it has been bad just as often — if not more so — than it has been good. Even longstanding fans will only tolerate so much, and many of them have made it clear that this version of the property isn’t one they’re entirely enamored with.

If I had to make a prediction, I’d say that Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will not be renewed for Season 3. 

What is Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045?

A part of the Stand Alone Complex sub-continuity of Ghost in the ShellSAC_2045, as per Wikipedia, is set in the year 2045 (11 years after events of Solid State Society) after an economic disaster known as the Simultaneous Global Default which destroyed the value of all forms of paper and electronic currency, the “Big 4” nations of the world are engaged in a state of never-ending “Sustainable War” to keep the economy going. In this world, Motoko, Batou, and other members of Public Security Section 9 have contracted themselves out as mercenaries under the group “GHOST,” using their cybernetic enhancements and battle experience to earn a living while defusing hot-spots across the globe. However, the emergence of “Post Humans” and a conspiracy uncovered by former Chief Aramaki force Section 9 to reunite.

You can stream Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 exclusively on Netflix.

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