The piece points out that, in the manga, at least, Major Kusanagi’s design seems to have been inspired by Rooney Mara’s look as Lisbeth Salandar in David Fincher’s remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo.” We think they have a point.
The first 45-page installment of the manga, illustrated by Ooyama Takumi and written by Fujisaku Junichi, launched in “Gekkan Young Magazine,” revealing Takumi’s take on the Major’s new look in this prequel story. The Major’s high forehead and the sweep of her asymmetrically-cut ’do definitely bring to mind Rooney Mara’s look in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” although she’s not quite the painfully-thin waif of Fincher’s film.
The story opening brings together Batou and Major Kusanagi for the first time.
By contrast, the design by Kise Kazuchika in the “Ghost in the Shell: Arise” four-part anime is less angular, a more rounded figure, more in line with the character’s original look.