'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War' Ending Explained: Is Togusa compromised?

With posthumans on the rise, Major Kusanagi and Batou might face their greatest threat yet

                            'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War' Ending Explained: Is Togusa compromised?
A screengrab from 'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045' (Netflix)

If you've been waiting to see Major Kusanagi and Batou in action in Season 2 of 'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045', you might have to hold out until the premiere of the season. However, to stay up to date about the events of Season 1, 'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War' is here. In the movie, which is essentially a retelling of season 1, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Batou encounter the emergence of posthumans, a seemingly impossible threat to stop.

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As seen in the movie and in Season 1, posthumans are extremely intelligent and have extreme physical powers, making them impossible to stop. As Kusanagi goes back to Japan to deal with three posthumans, they also encounter a string of deaths taking place across the country. While these deaths seem random as first, they soon realize that it is all connected via Thinkpol, a programme that allows the public to act as judge and executioner -- where people are allowed to deliver punishment to those they believe are criminals or who deserve it.

They soon realise that the programme was developed by a posthuman named Takashi Shimura, a high school student. As with all posthumans so far, they seem to be determined to deliver their brand of absolute justice and will go to any means to achieve it. Determined to find out what led to Shimura becoming a posthuman, Batou and Togusa go to investigate his aunty and uncle's home in Kyoto which has long been abandoned.


It is here that Togusa alone is able to discover what shaped Shimura into the person he is -- the death of his cousin had a profound impact on him, along with George Orwell's book, 1984. Followed by the suicide of his classmate, Shimura was now ready for an ongoing war. While Togusa believes he's a spectator of the events of the past, Shimura acknowledges his presence and asks him to join him. With Togusa mysteriously gone, Batou and Kusanagi are yet to deal with the rise of the posthumans and the motives of Suzuka Mizukane, which is yet to be revealed. 

'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War' premieres on Netflix on May 9, 2022. The movie will be followed by the release of 'Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045' Season 2 on May 23.

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