Tucked into the February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine was an all-text page proclaiming the return of the quite popular Ghost in the Shell franchise to anime sometime this year. Here's what we know: Very little. It's subtitled Arise, it will be a series, and probably on TV, given the franchise's popularity. Kazuchika Kise, who was the animation director for the first new Evangelion movie and Blood+ (amongst about a zillion other things) will be head director, while Tow Ubakata, who wrote Le Chevalier D'Eon, Mardock Scramble and Fafner is the scriptwriter.
While I love Stand Alone Complex for getting back to Ghost in the Shell's Law & Order: 2035-style cybercrime roots (as opposed to Masamune Shirow's Ingmar Bergman-esque GitS movies), I can't help but wish someone would make a Ghost in the Shell that's as funny as Masamune Shirow's original manga. I doubt this new series will be the one either, but a man can dream.
[Via Anime News Network]