Kodansha, the manga publisher behind the Ghost in the Shell series, has weighed in on the controversy over Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Major Motoko Kusanagi.
“Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast,” Yoshiba said. “She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place. This is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world.”