A new Ghost in the Shell anime is headed our way sometime in 2013, if three pictures that blogger ieee80211abgn took of the latest issue of Young Magazine, which hits newsstands in Japan tomorrow, are to be believed.
The new anime series is entitled Ghost in the Shell Arise (攻殻機動隊 ARISE), and it will be directed by Kise Kazuchika, an Osaka-based animator and one of the bigwigs over at studio Production I.G.
Ghost in the Shell Arise‘s story will be penned by Japanese science fiction novelist and scriptwriter Tow Ubukata (of Mardock Scramble fame), and its soundtrack will be scored by Japanese musician Cornelius (real name: Keigo Oyamada) who contributed the tune Katayanagi Twins Battle Song featured in the soundtrack to the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
One of the images show the new key visual image for the series’ main character Motoko Kusanagi, but is partially obscured to encourage fans to pick up the new issue of Young Magazine.
An official website for the new anime series is slated to go live tomorrow, at this link here (it has not gone live yet, at the time this post is going up).
In ieee’s post it was also mentioned that a special Ghost in the Shell Arise “production announcement” event will take place on February 12, at 9PM Japan time (GMT+0900 hours), during which the latest footage of the new anime series will be shown.
At the event, there will also be a talk corner where invited guests will sound out their thoughts on the new show.
Although details on where exactly the production announcement event will take place at has not yet been announced, according to Young Magazine the event will be livestreamed on the Internet – for free – so that fans who can’t make it to the actual deal will still be able to participate.
On top of that, there will also apparently be special “live viewing” events (given the phrasing, I think these are actual real-world events, as opposed to a live stream on the Net) where fans can attend to watch a back-to-back screening of past Ghost in the Shell works, plus everything that was announced and shown at the initial production announcement event.