Bandai Visual has announced that they will be simultaneously streaming the launch event of Ghost in the Shell Arise worldwide. The company confirmed that English interpreters will be present at the event, so English audio will be available. The event will take place at 9 p.m. on 12 February in Tokyo, so that’s 12 p.m. on 11 February (UK) and 4 a.m. (US).
The 60-minute launch event for the newest series in the Ghost in the Shell anime franchise will include announcements, a showing of the opening animation, and a promotional video. Some of the upcoming series’ staff will be present, including chief director and character designer Kazuchika Kise, series composition and scriptwriter Tow Ubukata, and Production I.G co-founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.
To promote the event, Bandai Visual are currently offering free, English-subbed episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on its YouTube Channel until 20 February. Due to licensing issues, however, these episodes are not available in the US, UK and several other countries; no countries will be blocked from viewing the launch event, though.
Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has revealed that the new Zettia Karen Children anime, Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited – Hyobu Kyosuke. This spin-off, based on the previous anime series and Takashi Shiina’s original Zettai Karen Children manga, will centre around Kyosuke Hyobu; the leader of P.A.N.D.R.A, Hyobu wants people with ESP powers like himself to wipe out the “Normals”. Koji Yusa is reprising his role of Hyōbu, and Junichi Suwabe will voice Andy Hinomiya. The series will premiere in Japan in 2013.
The new anime will be directed by Shishō Igarashi (Deadman Wonderland, Armored Trooper Votoms Case;Irvine) at Manglobe anime studios, and Shinichi Inotsume (first Zettai Karen Children, Hayate the Combat Butler) will provide the series’ scripts. In the animation department, Jun Takagi (Romeo × Juliet, Submarine 707R) will be the character designer and chief animation director, and Kenji Teraoka (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is the mechanical designer. The soundtrack for the series will be provided by Kotaro Nakagawa (first Zettai Karen Children, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Hayate the Combat Butler).
The original anime series was released by Sentai Filmworks in North America as Psychic Squad.