Ghost in the Shell Arise #4's Trailer Previews Ending Theme

posted on 2014-08-02 11:02 EDT
Yukihiro Takahashi & METAFIVE perform song for anime to premiere in September

The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project began streaming a trailer for the fourth installment, "border:4 Ghost Stands Alone," on Friday. The video features Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive's ending theme song "Split Spirit."

The anime will run in select theaters in Japan for two weeks beginning on September 6. People who order advance tickets will receive a clear file with art by director Kazuchika Kise while supplies last.

Kensho Ono (Kuroko's Basketball, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary) will play Vrinda, Jr., a 32-year-old man. His unique abilities were recognized in his childhood, and he entered an advanced welfare center. Vrinda, Jr. was scouted by the army's intelligence department when he worked as an accountant. After that, there is no record of his life.

Ai Kayano (Aldnoah.Zero, Captain Earth) will also return in the upcoming episode as Emma Tsuda, a new agent scouted by the 501 Organization. She is a 17-year-old war orphan who creates hit cyberbrain net games under the name "Tinman." Kurtz, head of the 501 Organization, scouts her for her skills and plans to use her as Motoko Kusanagi's successor. She uses a full-body prosthesis in the shape of a young woman. For some reason, she suddenly disappears from the 501 Organization. During the shooting incident that occurred during demonstrations against price-fixing in the water trade, she was protected by her electronic components.

The fourth installment's story takes place amidst signs of postwar reconstruction in the winter of 2028. Tensions are rising in New Port City as demonstrations are held concerning the interests of foreign cartels. This leads to a shooting incident involving riot police. It all started with a cyberbrain infection released by the terrorist "Fire Starter." An independent offensive unit led by Motoko Kusanagi entrusts the suppression of the situation to their ghosts and aims for their own justice. Below the surface of the incident, lies the "tin girl" Emma and the "scarecrow man" Vrinda, Jr. As Kusanagi deals with the incident, she draws near to what those two ghosts were seeking.

The third episode, titled "border:3 Ghost Tears," opened in select theaters in June, and shipped on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan on July 25. Funimation licensed the four-part 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.

Images © Masamune Shirow, Production I.G/Kodansha, Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Committee

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