Ghost in the Shell: Arise Anime Coming This Year [Update]

By Ishaan . January 15, 2013 . 12:15pm

Ghost in the Shell is set to see a new anime project in 2013, according to Monthly Young Magazine (via: ANN). The new anime is titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise.


Ghost in the Shell: Arise will be directed by Kazuchika Kise, who was involved as animation director with the Blood anime series, the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies, and more. The script is being penned by Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier d’Eon, Fafner).


To the right an illustration of Ghost in the Shell series protagonist, Motoko Kusanagai, showing off her new design. No further details regarding the anime have been announced yet, but you can visit the official site here.


While Ghost in the Shell: Rise is a new project, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex isn’t quite dead either. As previously reported, Nexon are creating an online PC game based on Ghost in the Shell: SAC, which will use elements from both seasons of the anime series, as well as the Solid State Society movie.


Update: Official website and full character image added. Thanks to everyone that gave us a heads up!

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  • drproton

    They really know how to tease me, only showing a third of Motoko’s face and all.

  • Eddie

    This just made my day.

  • New Ghost in the Shell anime? Do want.

    New design for Kusanagi? Do not want.

    • Agree I will take a new Ghost In The Shell any why I can. Still not feeling the new design. It seems with each new series they try to make her more human looking. I want the movie design back with those dead eyes!

    • Locklear93

      That really covers it. I hate this design for Motoko. I’ve got what I call an “aesthetics block.” I may not be able to sit and watch this, just because I can’t tolerate the character design, but I’ll definitely TRY not to let that get in the way. :/

      • It’s different, I’ll give it that. But I’d rather see her in action, and the material for the show is (usually) more than enough for me (Batou being one pretty ugly man — but very likable). Looks like they toned down her over-the-top sexual appeal from SAC to a more tomboy one.

        • Locklear93

          It’s not really a question of action or material or anything else. If something bothers me enough aesthetically, I can’t keep going with it. For example, if Akira Toriyama did the character design on something, I cannot watch it/play it, because his art style just annoys and distracts the hell out of me. Chrono Trigger? Can’t play it; the character design makes me want nothing to do with it.

          It’s not a judgement of the quality of the anime/game/whatever, or even the quality of its art. I don’t fault others for liking it (well, okay, I fault others for liking DBZ, I’ll be honest. <_<), but if art rubs me the wrong way badly enough, it's insurmountable.

          • We’ll, uh, have to agree to disagree on that one. So long as the material is good I can ignore the art style. This isn’t as radical a change for me to swear off the work.

          • Locklear93

            Yeah, like I said, it’s not a judgment on the work or on those who like it–there’s nothing even to disagree on; it’s strictly a personal reaction to art styles. There’s no reason anyone else would feel the same.

          • ignoring the art is insulting to the artists who worked on the project. It means that, to you, they don’t matter.

            Ignoring and appreciating are two different things.

          • If you can learn to enjoy the quality of execution* vs just liking things by style you’ll have a much more whole appreciation of art.

            Say for example, Toriyama Akira. What does he have in common with Masamune Shirow? Both are incredibly precise at mechanical designs with a real feeling of weight. You look at the mecha enemies (and ally, Robo) in Chrono Trigger and the Toriyama touch is there.

            It’s like food, if you only like hamburgers, you’re really missing out on tasting sushi

            *it’s still fine to dislike a poor execution of something.

          • Locklear93

            Art is incredibly subjective. There’s much more to it than simply execution. Something can be spectacularly executed, and still be very much not to my liking. Nirvana’s music, for example, is extremely popular, and credited often with being of historical significance. I despise it.

            The Ford F-150 is supposedly a spectacular pickup truck. Gas mileage aside, I’d never drive one, because I don’t like trucks.

            Style and aesthetics are an incredibly important. If good execution were all that mattered, there would be next to no disagreement on anything, ever. The only real difference for me is that if I hate the aesthetics, it spoils the entire thing. I’m more extreme there, that’s all.

            Also, to use your Chrono Trigger example, I’d argue Toriyama’s execution also sucks. You’ve got a cavewoman (I’m assuming, from her relative lack of clothing and a club) with a freaking perm, an inventor who looks like she’s wearing a football helmet made out of a half watermelon, a hero with a ridiculously pinched up face and spiky hair that goes way beyond the JRPG trope into absurdity, and so on and so forth. My familiarity with Toriyama’s art is limited, but I’ve seen some of his work on Chrono Trigger, Blue Dragon, Dr. Slump, and more Dragonball than I ever hoped to suffer. There has not been one single character design by him that I’ve ever considered even tolerable. And, that’s fine, because it’s entirely subjective–I’m not saying it’s bad; I’m saying I hate it.

            Finally, re: hamburgers and sushi… I’m not missing out–I’ve tried sushi, and I don’t like that, either. :P I love lots of Japanese food, but it’s very rare for me to like any seafood.

          • Guest

            No, drawing and design skill isn’t subjective, discussing art is subjective.

            You can argue Toriyama’s execution ‘sucks’, but you actually aren’t talking about execution, you are talking about what he’s designing.

            You don’t like the IDEA of a perm, but the truth is, objectively, it is very well executed, it gives the volume and feel of the hair compared to the hardness of her club and so on.

            You can like and dislike things like “perms on cave women”, but the truth is, Toriyama Akira is an excellent draftsman

          • That’s not a fair argument, you even made that clear in your own example. The fact is, we all have things we like and dislike, and it can’t be helped, especially when it’s a matter of personal tastes (they’re all different). I can maybe appreciate that Beyonce is a multi-plantinum selling artist, but it doesn’t mean I have to like her music — nor do I. You approach is admirable to respect the art meaning you respect the material, but doesn’t make sense in the long run; and to say it’s an insult is a bit grandiose. Again it’s an admirable gesture, but goes way too far. I like Dragon Quest, but I’m not the biggest fan of Akira Toriyama — he just doesn’t do a thing for me. I love art galleries, but I don’t like Picasso. I like hamburgers, but I don’t like sushi — but I do like ramen!

            Anyways, I don’t see how “putting up” with an art style (say in Dragon Quest) is worse than ignoring the whole game on grounds that I dislike Akira Toriyama’s art.

          • It can be helped if you have a technical understanding of the skills required to create such artwork, and appreciate that.

    • TheRealMalek

      It feels like it’s the “end of books” Kusanagi, where she is what she wants and not an overprice sexualised (to look less “military”) cyborg anymore.

      But this design doesn’t make me real happy neither :p

    • ThunderGod_Cid

      I’m really not liking the new character design.
      The ONLY way I’d give this a watch, is if Yoko Kanno is doing the OST.

  • There is one thing I’m sure of and that’s that the new show will look extremely good, as for the story..well that’s another matter as I’m a bit worried about the team working on it.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Two anime posts (or rather three) today, nice expansion of site borders. UNfortunately the character art is pretty bland and dull and doesnt sell me on checking out any of the ghost in the shell anime.

  • AWESOME, and totally unexpected!

    But I’d love to see Kenji Kamiyama back as a director… Let’s hope that this guy who directed Blood doesn’t ruin this masterpiece turning it in a shounen TV show.

    Also, why a re-design of Motoko?
    And, by the way, why a re-design of Dante in DMC?
    Those are truly own-goals, in my opinion…

    • Morricane

      Seems like he only worked on the original Blood movie and the Blood-C movie as animation director…and honestly, I think the reason why Blood-C was so bad was not because of the animation, but the incredibly terrible story. Probably the worst piece of XXXX CLAMP were ever involved with.

      He also worked on the original GitS movies, so…actually, he worked on wayyyy too much stuff according to ANN.

  • amagidyne

    I haven’t seen Blood or the Evangelion movies, but I hope this is at least better than the second season of SAC.

    • AnimusVox

      Ok good, I’m not the only one who didn’t care much for the 2nd season.

  • Chaos_Alfa

    From this link it seems the format hasn’t been revealed yet.

  • Here is Motoko full size

  • Hinataharem

    She looks….interesting.

  • Andrew Austin

    Anyone else getting Chirico Cuvie vibes?

    • LynxAmali


      I’m also getting similiar vibes.

      Could be cool.

    • Armane

      Makes me think of Akira/Space Adventure Cobra before Chirico, blue hair aside.

  • Zonic505

    Kind of mixed on the new style, but think I’ll wait to see how everyone else looks. In any case, I welcome more GitS anime.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Count me in!

  • Honestly she looks nothin like the real Kusanagi Motoko from GitS movie or even TV series Stand Alone Complex. With those shitty remake of Tsukihime, nowadays mangakas are nothing more than just a bunch of lazy assholes. Masamune Shirow had said that “Now mangas & japanimations are nothing more than just a copies of another copies taken from another copies” and that’s totally true, they’ve become so lazy that the chara-design became really poor and looks nothing alike from the times of their original creations that were made 10/20 years ago. Except productions of Studio Ghibli, other creators couldn’t surpass their own masterpieces they’ve made between 1980-2005 and that’s really sad.

    • Morricane

      …not that Ghibli came close to their masterpieces in quite a long time either…

  • Kris

    Whoa. That design for the major looks much more Fuuka Yamagishi-esque than what I’m used to… I’m not sure what to think about this yet, I’ll have to see it in motion.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Trying to keep an open mind on this one, since I was hoping for more SAC. I know it wasn’t a “masterpiece” by most folks’ standards, but I LOVED the Stand Alone Complex anime series. It really was like the cyberpunk equivalent of a police procedural, which also happen to be guilty pleasures of mine (cue Law and Order sound!). But still – more Ghost in the Shell is more Ghost in the Shell, so I’m definitely ready to check it out!

  • amagidyne

    I guess she’s supposed to be younger? But that doesn’t.. what.

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    Not really digging the new character design.

    • AnimusVox

      I don’t think she’d look as odd if her hair was the same pale purple/magenta as previous Major.

    • neocatzon

      for us a new design, for major just an another body

  • Carlos Escalante

    Not a HORRIBLE redesign, but not really feeling her haircut. it makes her look dumb. I couldn’t say I’m not looking forward to it, I am, but I did believe we needed a 3rd. GIG to close the SAC series, which I love.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Not digging Kusanagi Motoko new design, However a new Ghost in the Shell will have open arms.

  • She looks younger, perhaps Arise is set before the events of the first two series

  • Saculogir

    I really hope that she looks better animated then she does a still model :/
    None the less, I’m psyched for a new GITS anime.

  • Go2hell66

    New GITS? Hell yea!
    New Motoko? Hell no…

  • anarchy_panty

    Nothing in this franchise will ever top the original movie (which is on my personal list of the greatest sci-fi films of all time), but more Ghost In the Shell is still good in my book. Glad they’re toning down the pandering from SAC levels with the new design, but I’m not sure how I feel about it beyond that. We’ll have to wait and see.

    My list:
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Ghost In the Shell
    The Man From Earth

    (not so subtly hoping people will post their lists…)

    • Scrooge_McDuck

      But the original Motoko is all pandering.

      • anarchy_panty

        I always found the nudity in the original film to be distinctly un-erotic, especially a certain scene involving a tank. I’ve never bothered with the manga, so I can’t comment on that.

  • vileBrenman

    Her new design makes her Look like Fukka from persona 3. Lol

  • SpecDotSign

    New Ghost in the Shell? Yes, please. I don’t mind the Major’s new look either. She looks younger. Could be interesting. Her face looks more feminine. I like that. But I’ll agree, that Michael Jackson jacket gotta go. Lol.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Here’s to hoping it’s brought over to the West and dubbed with origincla VAs for returning characters. Hopefully Funimation or Sentai Filmworks will jump on this (more aimed at Sentai, because Funimation fiddles with the dialogue a bit to much when they dub something, it’s not always bad but it’s very annoying on a lot of their stuff).

  • TheDarkEmpress

    No boobs? Not sure if want.

  • Chiupon

    whoah did we step back into 2002?
    that design is baaaad

  • What


  • The major has a bowel haircut and reminds me abit of Clare from Claymore in the face.

  • Am I the only one who thinks this will be perfect for the new Toonami block, if and when it gets localized?

  • Asura

    Guess I’m the opposite of most here? Design is fine to me, I’m glad she is sensibly clothed and she looks sort of like a younger yet more stoic version of her old self.

    What I’m actually worried about is the writing and presentation of the new anime. I love GiTS, and if this series is handled poorly I wil go cry in a corner. I thought the Solid State Society film was a horrid way to end the series as it was just a teribad film, and I hope this reboot exceeds my expectations. I’m very cautious at the moment, not jubilant.

  • dotzeno

    If I imagine hard enough, maybe I’ll believe that Motoko has more body doubles and that her usual self is located at a remote terminal or something… through out the course of this anime series.

  • s07195

    I finally watched the original movie a month ago and loved it. Quite a different, deep movie from the usual nowadays. Not to mention that it took place in a future Hong Kong with new and old buildings side-by-side. (i could actually read the Chinese on the billboards!) I should probably watch GiTS:SAC sometime.

    More GiTS is good, in my opinion. Though GiTS 2.0 is… well, I liked the animation of the original one better.

  • I never could get into the Ghost in the Shell series. I really tried. It’s just that there would be so much going on that I wouldn’t understand any of it.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kiinda weirded out by the Fuuka-redesign, but if it’s half as good as SAC I will be there day one. Because oh man. Oh man how I love SAC.

    He he, innuendo…

  • harmonyworld

    He design reminds me of her design from the movie!

  • Steven Winslow

    I can’t see it being better than Stand Alone complex everything about it was fantastic politically,spiritually and I don’t see how they can do any better than that and I’m not too sure about this new design either,she just doesn’t look like her.

  • Is this a different take on the major? YES
    Is it poorly executed? NO

    ARISEN will probably be interesting, I wonder how the tachikomas will look

  • Odd the channel is blocked in my country. I’m somehow not suprised. :/ So where is a Canadian suposed to watch this broadcast anyhow?

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