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Funimation Licenses Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture

posted on by Egan Loo
Streaming of project's broadcast edition begins on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EDT

North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Wednesday that it licensed the rights to the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture anime. It will begin streaming the first episode at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and later episodes will begin streaming on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. EDT

Funimation describes this updated broadcast edition of the original video anime (OVA) series Ghost in the Shell Arise:

The Ghost in the Shell Arise OAV sequence has been rebuilt into eight TV-length episodes and extended with two new broadcast exclusive episodes to create Ghost in the Shell Arise ­ Alternative Architecture! In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she's not the only one looking for answers — as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to

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 Japanese theaters 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.

The related film, Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: New Movie), will open in Japan on June 20, and Alternative Architecture's two new television episodes will tie the two projects together.

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