Ghost in the Shell, ARISE

AZM Ally Elliot Fox sent along this trailer for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell prequel, ARISE. It’s going to be a four part mini series chronicling Mokoto Kusanagi’s history before joining Public Security Section 9. Each episode will be fifty minutes long and will be shown in theaters before being released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Ghost in the Shell was one of the early anime movies I saw so it has a special place in my heart. That said, this trailer doesn’t really do anything for me. We get the classic scene of Kusanagi jumping off a building which is a nice call back to the movie and the series. And I am sort of curious to know why she’s called the Major. But honestly, I feel like they’ve done so much with the development of the world through Stand Alone Complex and Second Gig that this seems like unnecessary filler. Kusanagi’s past isn’t nearly as interesting as the evolution of fully self-aware AI.

Still, more Ghost in the Shell is sort of a good thing. The first episode airs in July.