Ghost in the Shell is a media franchise based on the Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The first manga was originally serialized in Young Magazine from April 1989 to November 1990 and was followed by a sequel, Man-Machine Interface, from September 1991 to August 1997; each series was later published as its own tanko_bon volume by Kodansha. The manga presents itself as a collection of scenarios featuring counter-terrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in a futuristic Japan.The series was first adapted as a film by Production I.G. in 1995, followed by a sequel, Innocence, in 2004.
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