Ghost in the Shell: Arise Is A Prequel; Check Out The First Trailer

By Ishaan . February 12, 2013 . 9:45am


The upcoming Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime project was detailed during an event by Bandai Visual last night in Japan. Arise will serve as a prequel story set during Motoko Kusanagi’s younger days and will be split up into four 50-minute animated movies.


The first of these movies, titled Ghost Pain will be released in Japanese theatres on June 22nd, Anime News Network report. Blu-Ray and DVD versions will follow on July 26th.


Public Security Section 9 members will be included in the show. While the show is said to depict Motoko when she was younger, Section 9 members Batou, Togusa, Saito, Pazu, Ishikawa, Borma and Aramaki will be present as well. Maaya Sakamoto will play the role of Motoko and you can view the rest of the cast at the ANN the link above.


Addtionally, a manga adaptation titled Ghost in the Shell Arise: Sleepless Eye will debut in the April issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine, which will be published on March 13th. The series will be written by Jun’ichi Fujisaku, who was involved with the screenplay for both seasons of GITS: Stand Alone Complex.


A promo video for Ghost in the Shell: Arise can be viewed above.

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  • Shane Guidaboni

    Looks great! Seeing Motoko’s new design in action gives me more appreciation for it; she’s still as bad-ass as ever.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Splitting it up over 4 50 minute release (Code Geass Agito style) doesnt seem pretty compelling. How long to completion even, assuming no delays…2015/16? Doubt it will be licensed in America anytime soon.

    • Considering GitS is a well-proven IP in the West – and the fact that Bandai went to the trouble of simulcasting its presser in English – I’d be willing to bet you’re wrong about the series not being licensed any time soon.

    • Orange_man

      Don’t worry you can buy Japan’s overprice Blurays since they are of course following the Gundam Unicorn model. Maybe if we are lucky we will get a PSN/XBL rental.

  • A prequel to WHAT, exactly? GitS has three separate continuities; does this fit into any of them?

    • It’s prequel to SAC/SSS. I’m sure the YEAR alone tells you it’s before the incidents of cyborg memory loss and cases of Laughing Man / Puppeteer.
      If you followed Psycho-Pass, large spoiler plot convergence to GitS.

    • The fact that every single Section 9 member is in there would indicate that it’s a prequel to SAC. Some of them weren’t present in the original GITS.

      • Could be the manga, but I’m guessing it’s either SAC as you say (in which case there’s already a fair amount of backstory they’re going to have to keep in line with), or yet another continuity. The fact thay they would recast the voice actors and switch to a radically different art style seems weird if it was intended to have a direct connection to one of the existing timelines, too.

        • Yeah, not keen on the new art style myself but I’m willing to give it a chance. I’ve been dying for them to do something with GITS ever since they released Solid State Society and then nothing after. Now, if only we could get a new season of Black Lagoon and more Durarara. :)

          • All I want from life is for Mamoru Oshii to make the GitS movies a trilogy. When I first heard the rumors about a new GitS project in 2013 that’s what I was secretly hoping for.

      • Blesmi

        I’m not so sure about that. The scene in this preview where she looks at her arms as if “wtf I have robo arms!” wouldn’t make much sense considering she was cyberized as a child and would already be used to such things. Also depending on how “young” they would want Motoko to be it wouldn’t make much sense for all the section 9 members to be in when she was the one that recruited a number of them (e.g. Saito). But either way I’m pretty glad they’re FINALLY making more GitS.

        • That’s true, too. I wonder if this is something like the 007 Skyfall movie, which is in its own “remixed” James Bond universe and takes bits and pieces from all the previous movies, but doesn’t really fall into any particular canon.

  • Ethan_Twain

    I might be interested. What’s weird is that they talked about the manga as an adaptation of the anime. Doesn’t that normally go the other way around?

  • Go2hell66

    oh its a prequel, well that explains why she’s so baby-faced
    still on the fence with this one, that trailer was so short can’t make up my mind just yet

    also wish they put some epic new soundtrack like inner universe from SAC

  • I pray we see Batou again as well! :)
    By god he may not be an attractive man, but he was a great one.

    Looking forward to this, it looks like an updated/modern styling of the first movie.

    I think I speak for a lot of us with this:

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Man, this reminds me that I still need to watch SAC. I’ve only watched the GitS movies and I’m aware that those are a seperate continuity from SAC and this.

    • SAC is very different from the movies, so if you really liked them you might be disappointed. On its own merits, though, it’s an interesting (if talky and convoluted) show, and certainly worth watching.

    • amagidyne

      I’d highly recommend the first season. While I won’t say it’s as good as the movie, most of its flaws come from the original manga, and it’s one hell of a show either way. The second season is kind of worthless. Don’t bother with it unless you’re a completionist.

      • 2nd Gig isn’t THAT much worse than the first season. If anything, the stand-alone epidodes are better, even if the main plot arc isn’t as interesting. It also makes for a nice thematic complement to the first series, exploring the political implications of the GitS world where season one mainly explored the social ones.

        Solid State Society, though, you can skip. That’s the point at which the series finally descends into total babbling incoherence. I couldn’t summarize the plot of that movie if you held a gun to my head.

      • Seán Maguire

        Actually, I preferred 2nd Gig to Season 1. A lot. The plot seemed a lot more involved – like Section 9 actually had something to lose unlike in the first season. Also, I still contend that Gohda is one of the most underrated villains in anime. Sure, he’s not charismatic or particularly imposing, but he’s just so evil! And in such a self-justified way too. Plus, I’ve never heard a villain’s theme make a kazoo-like instrument sound as menacing as his did.

    • Patrick Choi

      I envy you being able to watch both seasons of SAC for the first time. I re-watch the series every couple years and it’s always a blast.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I just fell in love with Motoko all over again

  • Asura

    I’m still on the fence; hoping I like it as much as SAC.

  • amagidyne

    I should take bets on how long it will take until someone’s head explodes in this season.

  • Namuro

    I didn’t like the new deko-Motoko at first, but after a while, the look really grows on me, especially after seeing her in action! Knowing that she’s in her earlier years as well, the hair style really fits her age and gives off the tomboyish vibe.

    The trailer looks great, totally looking forward to it!

    • Brimfyre

      Now that I know it is a prequel and she is in a younger model, I feel better about the decision.

      • xavier axol

        though there’s one thing that hasn’t change, she still a badass.

  • That was a pretty nice trailer. I like Makotos new design as it still gives off her bad ass aura. Can’t wait for it to come out! =^_^=

  • 愛憎

    Here’s a closer look at the new designs of Section 9 characters.

  • Göran Isacson

    As interested as I am in revisiting this world again, I do wonder if this will be connected to any of the previous “canons” or if this is going to be an all-new thing all of it’s own. I’m kinda hoping it will be a follow-up to SAC, if only because that was my first exposure to the franchise and I’d like to see more stuff connected to that version of the world.

  • Miyali

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Motoko in the military prior to joining PS9 or was she doing somehing else between being discharged/quitting the military and joining PS9?

    • As I recall from SAC, she, Batou and Ishikawa were part of some military operation together, and that’s where they ran into Saito. Still not sure which continuity Arise falls into, though. It could be either one or neither at this point, depending on if they’re taking some creative liberties or not.

  • Letiumtide

    I was somewhat interested in the trailer … rriiiiight up to the soft R&B mix came in. I really shouldn’t discount it because of the trailer music, but the music really doesn’t jive with me at all… and even though the second half isn’t R&B, it’s almost nonmusic, and not necessarily in a good way.

    Looks somewhat interesting, not sure though.

  • Chiupon

    I was worried about the dated design, but it looks way better in animation than it did in concept.

    like daaaamn.

    Too bad it’s not like a full anime series, i’d probably watch it.

  • Red Veron

    Moetoko Kusanagi

  • colorblindnightmare

    I’m not terribly fond of the music they chose for the trailer but…..that being said, i’m definately ready for more GiTS

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