According to scans from the February issue of Young Magazine, a new Ghost in the Shell anime project is currently in development and is slated to premiere later this year. The exact format — whether TV, OVA, or film — is yet to be revealed.
The new work, entitled ã€ŒGhost in the Shell ARISEã€, will have former GitS film director Kise Kazuchika involved with the staff. The official website is now live — as well as its Twitter and Facebook accounts. A key visual can be viewed here.
GitS:SAC anime director Kamiyama Kenji has confirmed that he is not involved with the new project.
In addition, a Ghost in the Shell Arise live event is planned for February 12th (21:00 JST) at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo. It will be streamed live worldwide on Niconico, Bandai Channel, and Youtube to allow fan participation. More details will be released when the magazine is officially out.
[UPDATE 02.12.2013] – The new project has been confirmed to be a 4-part OVA series — with a running time of 50 minutes each. The first volume, entitled Ghost Pain, will be shown in Japanese theaters for two weeks, beginning June 22nd.
- Director: Kise Kazuchika
- Screenplay: Ubukata Tow
- Music: Cornelius
- Kusanagi Motoko: Sakamoto Maaya
- Batou: Matsuda Kenichiro
- Togusa: Shingaki Tarusuke
- Ishikawa: Dan Tomoyuki
- Saito: Nakakuni Takuro
- Pazu: Ueda Yoji
- Borma: Nakai Kazuya
- Aramaki: Juku Ikkyu