Earlier tonight studio Production I.G. held a Ghost in the Shell: Arise event at nicofarre event hall in Roppongi, giving its live audience – and fans watching at home via a livestream – their first look at the upcoming four-part anime film series.
A first trailer for the series, as well as what appears to be its OP, was shared on the Web:
The new four-part series, with each part having a runtime of 50 minutes long, will be made available to consumers on Blu-ray and DVD.
In addition to the Blu-ray and DVD releases, the first part of the series, entitled Ghost Pain (攻殻機動隊ARISE border：1 Ghost Pain), will also be shown in cinema theatres in Japan for two weeks, beginning June 22.
It is unclear at the moment if the remaining three parts will also see theatrical releases.
Oddly enough, cinema-goers who head out to watch Ghost Pain at theatres will also be amongst the first to own Ghost in the Shell: Arise on Blu-ray, as the Blu-ray home release for part one will be sold at theatres in advance of its general sales period, which will commence July 26.
Apart from going to the theatres, from June 22 anime fans in Japan will also be able to watch the film online via paid streaming services like the Docomo Anime Store (dアニメストア).
In Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Maaya Sakamoto will voice lead character Motoko Kusanagi, who’s younger now due to the four-part series being a prequel to the rest of the GitS anime franchise. Although Atsushi Tanaka had previously helmed the leading role in past Ghost in the Shell anime works, Sakamoto is no stranger to her new role; she had previously played an even younger version of Motoko in the first GiTS movie.
The rest of its cast revealed thus far are as follows:
- Batou – Kenichirou Matsuda (Prince of Tennis II‘s Ryūji Tsuge)
- Togusa – Tarusuke Shingaki (Fate/zero’s Kariya)
- Ishikawa – Tomoyuki Dan (Japanese voice of Batman in recent movies)
- Saito – Nakakuni Takuro
- Paz – Youji Ueda (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure‘s Speedwagon)
- Borma – Kazuya Nakai (One Piece’s Roronoa Zoro)
- Daisuke Aramaki – Ikkyu Jyuku