Ghost in the Shell Sites ‘Hacked’ (Sort of) to Mark Laughing Man Incident’s Date – Interest

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The Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (popularly generally known as S.A.C.) struck the Production I.G and Kodansha homepages simply in time for the in-story date of the occasion, February 3. But don’t be concerned — not like the apparently actual hacking of the franchise‘s X (previously Twitter) account, the web sites’ “defacing” is all a part of a deliberate marketing campaign.

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The “Laughing Man” image has been hijacking the official web sites, social media accounts, and firm homepages linked to Ghost in the Shell.
There have been studies that related incidents are rising, and an investigation is underway. Seeking info on different copycat criminals.

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As of the writing of this text, the CEO of Production I.G and the CEO of Kodansha had their profile footage coated with the Laughing Man image on their respective web sites. On high of this, the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Twitter profile image is at present changed with the image. This comes days after the official Ghost in the Shell X/Twitter account was apparently hacked on January 28. But not like that earlier hacking, this web site “hacking” was deliberate by Production I.G and Kodansha in celebration of the (actual-world) date of the (in-story) Laughing Man incident.

Up till February 1, the solely official commemoration of the date that the employees introduced was the Human Trust Cinema Shibuya holding a particular displaying of S.A.C. on February 3. But since then, an official website has launch with details about the occasions and a video displaying individuals in Shibuya with their faces obscured by the Laughing Man image.

The web site not solely promotes the particular displaying and the “hacking,” but additionally introduced a hashtag marketing campaign with 20 individuals receiving an authentic present, a fan artwork contest with the Laughing Man image between February 3 to February 29, a Discord Q&A on February 1, a restricted-time free posting of the manga collection on Magazine Web, a restricted-time free streaming of the S.A.C. The Laughing Man compilation on YouTube till February 3, a S.A.C. pop-up retailer in Akihabara, a giveaway of an authentic, not-for-sale Laughing Man t-shirt to 40 individuals who take part in the hashtag marketing campaign, one other fan artwork marketing campaign, and the discuss present at the Human Trust Cinema, Laughing Man collaboration Rageblue attire, a S.A.C. The Laughing Man exhibition, collaboration attire with Subciety, and a collaboration champagne with Angel Champagne. So, there’s one thing for each fan of Ghost in the Shell. Unfortunately, it isn’t specified when you have to be residing in Japan to obtain the items for the hashtag marketing campaign or the fan artwork marketing campaign.

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On February 3, 2024, the Laughing Man incident occurred.

On Setsubun [February 3], Akihabara shall be hacked by the Laughing Man.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex POPUPSHOP” shall be held at SEEKBASE from February third.


Ghost in the Shell SAC The Laughing Man print exhibition and gross sales occasion shall be held nationwide.

Visuals from the Laughing Man collection shall be made into prints utilizing the newest know-how and shall be exhibited and bought, in addition to authentic items on the market.

Details shall be revealed on the particular web page for the print gross sales occasion. Special web page →

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It’s actually no marvel why corporations concerned with S.A.C. are going all out for the occasions for the Laughing Man incident. It’s a seminal second not simply in the franchise‘s historical past, however in anime historical past in basic.

Sources: Production I.G, Kodansha, The Laughing Man 2024, Ghost in the Shell franchise‘s X/Twitter account (link 2, link 3), Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime’s X/Twitter account, Emotion label’s YouTube account, Magazine Web, Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, Comic Natalie

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