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Ghost in the Shell: Arise Gets Custom Buddha Machine Loop Music Player

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Collaboration compact music player to contain anime's opening theme, two background music tracks

Tokyo Anime News reported on Saturday that Ghost in the Shell: Arise composer Cornelius will be collaborating with the FM3 Buddha Machine music loop machine. The custom model of the Buddha Machine, titled “Ghost in the Machine”, will play a total of three tracks, including the Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime's opening theme and two background music tracks. The player will cost 3,045 yen (about US$ 30.50), and an official website for the player opened on Saturday.

In addition, the Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime's “Ghost in the Shell Arise” opening theme and “Jibun ga Inai” (I'm Not Here) ending theme are scheduled to be released through Japanese digital retailers beginning on June 19. A physical CD release for the songs has not been announced.

The Buddha Machine is a speaker-like device that loops various songs pre-installed into the machine. The cigarette box-sized device was invented by Chinese musical duo FM3, and became popular in Japan for a time due to foreign music star Brian Eno's use of the player.

The Ghost in the Shell Arise anime, which consists of four 50-minute parts, will premiere in Japanese theaters on June 22, and will then be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD at retail on July 26. Kazuchika Kise (chief animation director for Otogi Zoshi, Blood-C: The Last Dark) is directing the series and designing the characters, and Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier d'Eon, Mardock Scramble) is supervising and writing the scripts. Production I.G. is producing the series, and Cornelius (Appleseed: EX Machina) is composing the music.

The series stars 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.

Sources: Tokyo Anime News, Comic Natalie


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