News Ghost in the Shell Arise #4's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed
posted on 2014-08-29 23:00 EDT by Karen Ressler
The official website the for Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project began streaming the first nine minutes of the the fourth installment on Friday. The fourth episode, titled "border:4 Ghost Stands Alone," will open in select theaters in Japan on September 6 and run for two weeks.
The story begins amidst demonstrations to protest price-fixing in the water trade. An event to celebrate the partnership of the Republic of Kuzan's government water enterprise with Harimadara Heavy Industries is being held. Section 9 chief Aramaki closes shops and shuts down traffic in New Port City. Section 9 continues to monitor the situation and prepare for terrorist threats. Police begin to shoot the protestors, and Section 9 tries to get to the source that started the chaos. Motoko moves in as more shootings start at the event where Kuzan water industry representative Dr. Zhinzhee Bekka Arr Thied is giving a speech. A female voice says, "Fire Starter can't be stopped."
Kensho Ono (Kuroko's Basketball, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary) plays 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) also returns 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 opened in select theaters in June and shipped on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan on July 25. Funimation licensed all four episodes and released the first episode in a special imported edition last August. The company plans to screen the first two episodes in a limited theatrical run later this year, then release both on home video in North America on October 21.
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