The (originally) four-episode anime series Ghost in the Shell: Arise is about to hit the stage.
The news was announced on Friday by the official site for the Ghost in the Shell anime project, ANN. The stageplay adaptation will be directed by Shutaro Oku (Persona 3, Persona 4, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, Blood-C: The Last Mind stage plays), with a script penned by Jun'ichi Fujisaku (scriptwriter for Blood-C, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime). Tow Ubukata (Ghost in the Shell Arise series composition, scripts) will be editorial supervisor.
No news on the cast yet; they will be revealed at a later date. But if you happen to be in Japan in November (or if you already live there), the play will run at the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijō Playhouse Nov. 5-15.
Ghost in the Shell: Arise is a futuristic, cyberpunk/sci-fi anime film and TV series that serves as a re-imagining of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. The Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA (Original Video Animation) project had four episodes, the last of which aired in Japan in August. A recent TV broadcast of the four OVAs — along with two extra episodes — premiered in Japan on April 5 under the new title of Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture. They are being streamed by Funimation as they air.
The importance of the two new episodes lies in the fact that they serve as a tie-in between Ghost in the Shell: Arise and the upcoming animated film Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijōban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie), set to open in Japan on June 20.