So for those willing to tough it out, a likely pricey Japanese Blu will be coming out. We'll let you know what the specs are when those details are released. We'll also pass along word if any local distributors pick up the project. In the meantime, the trailer is below, and for those of us who are gaijin and do not speak a lick of Japanese, a translation of the title text in the trailer has also been provided.
The first part, "Ghost Pain," will run in Japanese theaters for two weeks starting on Saturday, June 22. There will be advance Blu-ray Disc copies with a bundled scenario book available at participating theaters for 8,000 yen (about US$85). There will also be paid streaming of the project, at least in Japan.
The general retail release of the first part's Blu-ray Disc will be on July 26.
Writer Tow Ubukata confirmed during the broadcast that the show will be a prequel series featuring Motoko when she was younger.
The year 2027
Her name is Motoko Kusanagi.
Attached to the 501st Army Secret Unit.
Hope for the Future
What is the proof of my existence?
Interesting bit of trivia: The voice actress cast for the role of Motoko is Maaya Sakamoto. Back in 1995, she was the little girl who spoke the last line in the first GitS movie.
It all begins here.