Earlier tonight here in Tokyo, Bandai Visual held a launch event for Ghost in the Shell: Arise, the new Ghost in the Shell anime series announced earlier this year. The event was full of interviews with the various creators of the new series and had several interesting announcements—like the fact that it is a prequel to the other works in the Ghost in the Shell franchise, focusing on a young Motoko Kusanagi.
Arise will be released as four 50 minute episodes in theaters across Japan. The first of these, border 1: Ghost Pain, will be released in theaters on June 22 this year. A special edition of the Blu-Ray will be for sale at the theaters with a general release of the Blu-Ray and DVD coming July 26—similar to the releases of Gundam Unicorn and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.