We’ve been waiting a long time, but the Ghost in the Shell prequel Arise is almost here. (Well, if you live in Japan.) Want to see the first full trailer?
The prequel, which will explain how the entire Section 9 team came together, opens in Japanese theaters next month and will play out in four 50-minute segments. The new footage looks stellar, and definitely matches the look and feel of the acclaimed 1995 original.
Here’s the official synopsis:
"ARISE" is set in 2027 A.D. making it a prequel to the original Ghost in the Shell. It's set for release in Japanese theaters on June 22, 2013 and will then be available worldwide on blu-ray and dvd on July 26th. The story will be told in four 50 minute OVAs. The first installment is titled "border:1 Ghost Pain." The principal voice cast is entirely new in order to reflect the younger incarnation of the characters and includes Maaya Sakamoto as Mokoto Kusanagi, Kenichirou Matsuda as Batou, Tarusuke Shingaki as Togusa, Tomoyuki Dan as Ishikawa, Takurou Nakakuni as Saito, Youji Ueda as Paz, Kazuya Nakai as Borma, Ikkyuu Juku as Daisuke Aramaki, Mayumi Asano as Kurutsu, and Takanori Hoshino as Raizō.
Still no word on a U.S. release date, but considering the franchise’s global popularity, it’s only a matter of time until someone picks it up.
(Via Comic Book Movie)