While there are some fans are upset that a Japanese actress was not cast as the lead, as many anticipated it in a Hollywood production,while still others claim say it fitting of the theme of the original manga.
Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese anime hit Ghost in the Shell. This has led to numerous allegations of whitewashing, and it has lead to ferocious debates on social media all around the Western world.
But in the home of the manga and anime cult classic, there was a different reaction, one of mostly surprise as most Japanese had already expected the lead role in the Hollywood version would go to a white actress, after all it was a North American version.
There has been both criticism and disappointment by online posters over the casting of a non-Japanese actress, but the reaction is relatively quiet and lacks the vitriol spewing forth elsewhere.
Masamune Shirow wrote the original manga, which was published in 1989 by Kodansha, licensing it for Mamoru Oshii’s l 1995 semiannual anime feature, with numerous Japanese spinoff anime series, and then the current Hollywood live-action version.