By Andy Na / May 20th, 2013
A new promotional video for the Ghost in the Shell OVA-prequel series, Ghost in the Shell: ARISE, has been released for streaming by Bandai. The video is called “DECODE 501FILE,” and is narrated by the character Kurutsu, who is voiced by Mayumi Asano (Ikumatsu in Gintama, Anna Marie in Blood+). The series consists of four episodes, each 50 minutes in length. The first episode will be screened theatrically in Japan on June 22, followed by a home video release on July 26.
You can watch the promo below:
The footage is Japanese-only, and mainly consists of narration, empty locations and brief animations that may be from the actual finished product. The set designs found in buildings, offices, laboratories and machines demonstrate the world of Ghost in the Shell: ARISE and its futuristic setting; the details found in the art direction also show the amount work placed by the artists and animators in visualizing this series.
Kazuchika Kise, chief animation director from Blood-C, and Ghost in the Shell key animator, is both directing Ghost in the Shell: ARISE and designing the characters. Tow Ubukata is writing and supervising the scripts, and Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) is composing the music. The series is animated by Production I.G, like all the Ghost in the Shell installments before it.
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