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Fans both within and without the anime world have long anticipated the big-screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, a futuristic anime series about a cyborg policewoman known as The Major, who fights cyber-terroristic threats.

In this Super Bowl spot, we’re treated to 30 seconds of Scarlett Johansson rocking a skintight bodysuit, fighting bad guys, kicking a bunch of ass in slow motion, and revealing her more cybernetic half.

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Of course, the film’s pending release hasn’t been without controversy. Much has been said about the supposed whitewashing of a character who’s not only traditionally written as Japanese, but is a well recognized Japanese anime heroine.

Per Maxim:

We can’t wait to see the punch that ScarJo will pack as The Major; however, her casting was initially met with widespread controversy. Fans of the Japanese magna [sic] were outraged an Asian actress was not cast in the lead roll, with many decrying “whitewashing” of the source material.

We will have to wait to see whether controversy continues to dog the film, although director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) seems to have crafted a thrilling spectacle nonetheless.

Aside from not knowing how to spell “manga,” that’s a pretty succinct take. And while fans will whine and the internet will invariably explode into controversy over everything from whitewashing to fidelity between the film and the original anime series, let’s just sit back and hope this teaser is filled with the promise of something titillating, action-packed, sexy-as-all-hell, and, you know, fun.

(h/t Maxim)

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