GHOST IN THE SHELL Returns With ARISE

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Ask your average person on the street to name one all time classic, landmark anime and - should you get any answer at all - I would wager that you would get one of four responses better than ninety percent of the time. There is Akira. There is Astroboy. There is Neon Genesis Evangelion. And there is Ghost In The Shell. And Ghost in the Shell is on its way back to screens.

Announced today with minimal details is the coming of new anime series Ghost In The Shell: Arise. Due to launch sometime in 2013 - which means work has been progressing on the sly for some time now - Kise Kazuchika (a veteran who has worked on the Blood: The Last Vampire, Dennou Coil and Neon Genesis Evangelion franchises as well as, yes, previous Ghost In The Shell projects) will direct with Mardock Scramble creator Ubukata Tow writing. How this will connect to previous screen adaptations of Shirow Masamune's original manga creation is not yet known.

For the uninitiated, Ghost In The Shell is set in a far future world in which technology has allowed for human augmentation to the point where people are commonly retrofitted with cybernetic implants that offer increased abilities but also open the possibility of individuals being hacked. the principal story in other incarnations has followed the work of a special police force set up to police this sort of mind-hacking with the action packed storyline also affording many opportunities for more philosophical discussion of the nature of the soul, human consciousness and human identity, those latter issues being particular drivers of the Oshii Mamoru feature film projects based on the title.
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  • Elroy Jetson

    Can't wait can't wait can't wait

  • This is awesome news, but I'm seeing mixed information about whether it will be a series or a movie. Anyone know which one it is with certainty?

  • Oldnik

    GITS 2.0 UK blu-ray comes with the original version included, for £7.45 on amazon.co.uk is this original version any different than the original only blu ray ?

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    The green version is upscaled from a SD source, and supposedly looks worse than if you just bought the DVD and let your hardware upscale for you. Pretty sure the Japanese is a legit HD transfer.

  • terebi-kun

    Mardock Scramble (the animation) was reminiscent of GITS in all the wrong ways. Let's hope there's more subtlety in this production, both in visuals and specially story/plot.

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    Her new design is a bit off putting, but I'll reserve judgement.

    Edit: Unrelated, but for Mamoru Oshii fans I just noticed the Patlabor OVA's are getting a US release later this year on Blu/DVD.

  • Marten

    Will we ever get a Blu-ray release of the original Ghost in the Shell movie that is non-Japanese and costs less than a $100?!! Innocence and the Standalone Complex series are both available....why not the most important pience in the GitS canon?

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    If you mean original as in not the 2.0, I don't think so. Though I've seen it on amazon.jp for about 60 USD. The only one that is over 100 is usually the BD/DVD combo.

    Innocence is OOP in the states, and I don't think you can get a complete version of the TV show, just those 6-7 episode collections and the TV movie.

  • James

    I think Madman (an Australian distributor) is still selling the first movie. http://www.jbhifionline.com.au... (that's the original, not the orange coloured one.)

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