Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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Ghost in the Shell: Arise
The key promotional graphic for Ghost in the Shell: Arise featuring the new cast designs
Genre Science fiction noir, cyberpunk, post-cyberpunk, Action, Mecha, Military
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuchika Kise
Produced by Production I.G
Written by Tow Ubukata
Music by Cornelius
Studio Production I.G
Licensed by
Released July 22, 2013September 6, 2014
Runtime 50 minutes each
Episodes 4
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
~Sleepless Eye~
Written by Junichi Fujisaku
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Magazine
Original run March 13, 2013 (2013-03-13) – ongoing
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Ghost in the Shell: Arise (攻殻機動隊ARISE -GHOST IN THE SHELL- Kōkaku Kidōtai ARISE -GHOST IN THE SHELL-?) is a four-part OVA series that serves as a re-imagining of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. The four-part series features new character designs and is directed by Kazuchika Kise, screenplay by Tow Ubukata, and music by Cornelius.[1][2]

Funimation has acquired the rights for the series for a North American release.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Arise features a brand new voice cast, compared with the casts of the original film and Stand Alone Complex television anime series. Maaya Sakamoto replaces Atsuko Tanaka as the voice of Major Motoko Kusanagi, Sakamoto having only previously voiced the Major as a child.[2] Other changes to the cast include Kenichirou Matsuda as Batou, Tarusuke Shingaki as Togusa, Ikyuu Jyuku as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, Tomoyuki Dan as Ishikawa, Takuro Nakakuni as Saito, Yōji Ueda as Paz, and Kazuya Nakai as Borma.[4] Miyuki Sawashiro will provide the voice of the series' think tanks the Logicoma (ロジコマ Rojikoma?), short for Logistics Conveyer Machine (ロジスティックス・コンベイヤー・マシン Rojisutikkusu Konbeiyā Mashin?). The Logicoma will also feature in anime shorts included on the Blu-ray releases titled Logicoma Beat (ロジコマ・ビート Rojikoma Bīto?).

New characters in the first of the episodes include Kurtz (クルツ Kurutsu?), voiced by Mayumi Asano in Japanese and by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (the previous voice of the Major) in English, the head of the Army 501 Organization (陸軍501機関 Rikugun Go Maru Ichi Kikan?), the firm who converted Motoko Kusanagi into a full cyborg and who Kusanagi would replace in the organization had she not joined Section 9; Raizo (ライゾー Raizō?), voiced by Takanori Hoshino, a combat cyborg for the 501 Organization that uses electricity as weapons; Ibachi (イバチ?), voiced by Masahiro Mamiya, a combat cyborg for the 501 Organization skilled in bōjutsu and armed with hidden machine guns; Tsumugi (ツムギ?), voiced by Kenji Nojima, a tactical cyborg for the 501 Organization that has a set of twins' cyberbrains in its head who always talk to each other; and Lieutenant colonel Mamuro (マムロ?), voiced by Atsushi Miyauchi, the leader of the 501 Organization who raised Kusanagi but has disappeared, having had something to do with arms dealing.



Each of the episodes are known as "borders", and receive a limited national theatrical release one month before the release of their Blu-ray and DVD versions. A recurring part of the episodes will be the mysterious Fire Starter (ファイア・スターター Faia Sutātā?) computer virus, as well as looking into the lives of Batou and Togusa before the formation of Public Security Section 9.[5]

The opening theme for all four episodes is same as series title; the ending themes are different for each episode.

No. Title Release date
1 "Ghost Pain"   June 22, 2013

Set in the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire Motoko Kusanagi to investigate, but on the case with her are "Sleepless Eye" Batou who believes Kusanagi is a criminal, Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa who is investigating a series of prostitute murders he believes are related to the incident, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurtz of the 501 Organization who also wishes to keep an eye on Kusanagi.[6][7]

The ending song is "Jibun ga Inai" (じぶんがいない?, "There is no me") composed and arranged by Cornelius, lyrics by Yura Yura Teikoku's vocalist and guitarist Shintaro Sakamoto, and performed by salyu × salyu
2 "Ghost Whispers"   November 30, 2013

Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. Someone hacks the Logicomas, and Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. Kusanagi also seeks to enlist ace sniper Saito and undercover cop Paz into the new Public Security Section 9.[8] The two groups rival each other in a case involving a man who receives false memories of a refugee transport operation.

The ending song is "Soto wa Senjō da yo" (外は戦場だよ?, "Outside it's a Battlefield!") composed and arranged by Cornelius, lyrics by Sakamoto, and performed by Ichiko Aoba with Cornelius. 
3 "Ghost Tears"   June 28, 2014[11]

Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scylla (スクラス Sukurasu?).[9] Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.[10]

The ending song is "Heart Grenade" composed and arranged by Cornelius, lyrics and performed by Sean Lennon
4 "Ghost Stands Alone"   September 6, 2014

Motoko and Public Security Section 9 must track down a terrorist known as “Fire Starter”, who unleashes an infection that affects cyberbrains.[12]

The ending song is "Split Spirit" by Yukihiro Takahashi and METAFIVE


Funimation will release parts 1 and 2 on Bluray and DVD to North America on October 28, 2014.[13]

Netflix has parts 1 and 2 available for streaming in Japanese with English subtitles in selected territories.[14]


A manga original story titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eye~ (攻殻機動隊ARISE~眠らない眼の男 Sleepless Eye~ Kōkaku Kidōtai ARISE ~Nemuranai Me no Otoko Sleepless Eye~?, literally "The Man With Eyes That Do Not Sleep") began serialization in Kodansha's Young Magazine '​s April 2013 issue, released March 13, 2013.[4][15] The manga follows the story of how Batou and Kusanagi met during the civil war.


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  9. ^ "Characters". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
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  12. ^ Tran, Can. "Video: 'Ghost In The Shell — ARISE' Ghost Stands Alone 1st 9-Min". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ghost in the Shell: Arise: Borders 1 & 2 Blu-ray 攻殻機動隊ARISE / Blu-ray + DVD". Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  14. ^ "Ghost in the Shell: Arise". Netflix. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  15. ^ "「攻殻機動隊ARISE」コミカライズ 月刊ヤングマガジンで連載開始 公安9課以前を描く | アニメ!アニメ!". Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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