The official website for Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) began streaming a new video to promote its "hit" theatrical run on Thursday.
Bato: Even a blood-soaked battlefield is no place to die. You're heading to a new place to live for, right? Motoko: At the very least, I plan to get a place that's appropriate for us. Woman: Mobile Armored Riot Police, was it? Man: We never stop watching out for crime, so that we can stop incidents like this before they occur. Bato: Go, Major! Woman: Just so you know, we're a better fit for this than some fictional unit. Togusa: You still alive? Logicoma: If I know, I can't repair it. Saito: The tune of murder is nostalgic. Borma: I'll take that. Bato: It's a remote automaton. It doesn't have a ghost! Man: Kill the hostages. Motoko: The virus of False Memories, Fire Starter! Text: Original creator: Masamune Shirow Aramaki: We were supposed to stop this before it happened! Voice: You have always been free. Always shaping the future. I envy you. Motoko: Protect me. Bato: It's not that I haven't lost anything. It's that I haven't tried to take back what I've lost. Man: The major saw something bad on that ship. Something that made her decide to purge us. Motoko: That is your limit, Kusanagi. Logicoma: Major! Text: This is... Motoko: You guys have the best parts. Text: ...the story... Motoko: Once I gather all of it, I alone can display an unmatched performance. Text: ...of Ghost in the Shell's formation. Motoko: I'll shape the future. Motoko: Let's move out!
The movie begins with Motoko Kusanagi and her team members dealing with a hostage situation at an embassy. Behind the Scenes!!, however, they come across the Fire Starter virus again, and the sniper Saitō spots a shocking figure who holds the key to the crisis. Meanwhile, another dire crisis erupts and takes everyone by surprise.
The film guest stars NAOTO from the all-male group Third J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe as the new character Osamu Fujimoto. Osamu is the prime minister's aide and son. After the assassination of the prime minister, which is being called the "greatest event since the war," Osamu collaborates with Major Kusanagi and Public Security Section 9 to uncover the truth behind the murder.
Kazuchika Kise (Ghost in the Shell Arise chief director) served as chief director at Production I.G, and also designed the characters. Tow Ubukata (Ghost in the Shell Arise screenplay) handled the screenplay, and Cornelius scored the film's music. Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes, Sengoku Basara - Samurai Kings: The Movie director) served as director, and Tooru Ookubo (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex key animation) took the position of chief animation director.
The film features the cast from Ghost in the Shell Arise, with voice talents Maaya Sakamoto, Ikkyuu Juku, Kenichirō Matsuda, Tarusuke Shingaki, Shunsuke Sakuya, Takurou Nakakuni, Youji Ueda, Kazuya Nakai, and Miyuki Sawashiro listed.
Maaya Sakamoto and Cornelius performed the film's theme song "Mada Ugoku" (It Still Moves).
The film opened in Japan on June 20.
The fourth and final part of the Ghost in the Shell Arise OVA series premiered in Japan last August. Funimation licensed all four episodes and released the first episode in a special imported edition in 2013, and then released all four episodes in North America last year. A television broadcast of the four OVAs with two extra episodes premiered in Japan on April 5 under the title Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture. Funimation streamed the Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture series as it aired.