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Maaya Sakamoto to Perform Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture's Opening Theme

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Cornelius, Shintaro Sakamoto contribute to song for anime's TV broadcast

The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture television anime announced on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) will perform the series' opening theme song. Composer Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) will compose and arrange the song "Anata wo Tamotsu Mono" (The Thing That Sustains You). Yura Yura Teikoku rock band member Shintaro Sakamoto will provide the lyrics.

Maaya Sakamoto is also reprising her leading role as Motoko Kusanagi in the anime. Cornelius composed music for the original Ghost in the Shell: Arise video anime series and is providing music for Ghost in the Shell: New Movie, a related film slated to premiere in Japan this summer. Shintaro Sakamoto provided lyrics for the Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime's first two ending theme songs.

The Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture television anime was announced earlier this month, and it will premiere on April 5. The broadcast will recompile the four existing episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Arise and include two new episodes.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise was originally a four-part anime series, helmed by Kazuchika Kise at Production I.G. and written by Tow Ubukata, that premiered in Japan from July 2013 to September 2014. Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga inspired the video anime. Funimation released the series' first two episodes in North America in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo last October.

Series writer Tow Ubukata commented on the new television broadcast, saying Shirow's original Ghost in the Shell manga was "not a classic sleeping in a museum, but a modern work that begged to be adapted for the screen." He stated that the television broadcast will take into account the "peculiarities of the TV medium," and will answer "why the Section 9 members were brought together." Concerning the upcoming film, Ubukata said that it will "deal even more with the past and inner personality of Motoko." He also hopes that "with Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture, I've created a new Ghost in the Shell work that can touch new people, as well as something that old fans of the manga, movies, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex can enjoy."

Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 5 and then run on BS11 and other channels.

Source: MoCa

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