Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, known simply as Innocence (イノセンス) in Japan, is a 2004 anime/computer animated science fiction film and sequel to the film, Ghost in the Shell. Released in Japan on March 6, 2004, with an U.S. release on September 17, 2004, Innocence had a production budget of approximately $20 million (approx. 2 billion yen). To raise such a large amount of money, Production I.G's president, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, asked Studio Ghibli's president, Toshio Suzuki, to work on the project with him as a co-producer. The film is written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, with a story loosely connected to the manga by Shirow Masamune. The movie was produced by Production I.G. A soundtrack for the film was released by the name of Innocence O.S.T.
In order to better market the film outside of Japan, the Ghost in the Shell 2 moniker was added to the title of the film, with Innocence simply becoming the subtitle. This was seen by some fans as conflicting with Oshii's statements that the film wasn't in actuality a standard Hollywood-esque sequel, and was able to, and intended to, stand alone.
The story was based on the original Ghost in the Shell manga chapter, Robot Rondo, albeit