Production I.G Posts Ghost in the Shell Arise Making-of Short Film

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2nd installment in 4-part anime project opens in Japan on November 30

The Production I.G staff working on the four-part Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project has created a "Memory of GR -making of ARISE- Production I.G: Team Ghost in the Shell Arise" short film. The four-minute film features the second installment's ending theme song "The World Outside is a Battlefield" ("Soto wa Senjō da yo") by Cornelius and singer Ichiko Aoba.

Production I.G created the short film as a support film for Ricoh Imaging Company's "GR Short Movie Award" contest. The contest tasks entrants to create a short film with the theme "Be Your Eyes." Various "Creative Masters" who also act as judges, including Production I.G, are also creating their own videos in outside of competition to inspire prospective entrants.

Other Creative Masters acting as judges in the contest include photographer Kazumi Kurigami, musician Keiichiro Shibuya, actor Yutaka Takenori, art director Akira Suzuki, artist Sly Mongoose, author Lily Franky, broadcast writer Kundō Koyama, and artist Asami Kiyokawa.

The second episode in Ghost in the Shell Arise, titled "border:2 Ghost Whispers," will open in theaters in Japan on November 30. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the episode will go on sale at theaters on November 30, and then ship from regular retailers on December 25.

The first of four 50-minute parts from the anime series premiered in Japanese theaters in June, and shipped on Blu-ray Disc and DVD at retail on July 26. The Blu-ray for the first episode was sold in advance at Japanese theaters when the Ghost Pain installment debuted in June. 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.

Funimation licensed the anime and released the first episode in a special imported edition in August. The company plans to screen the first two episodes in a limited theatrical run later this year. The company is also offering the special-edition release prior to its typical English-language home video release.

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