Ghost in the Shell: Arise is latest anime series of Ghost in the Shell adaptation which schedule to be aired in Japan around June 2013. The Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ was manga series which tells side-story of around upcoming anime series itself. The manga is write by Fujisaku Junichi and illustrate by Ooyama Takumi.
The original of Ghost in the Shell story was created by Masamune Shiro which became movie in 1995. It became hit and cult in Japan anime industry later the world after it broadcasted and licensed outside Japan.
The Ghost in the Shell’s popularity lead into production of ‘Ghost in the Shell: Innocence’ (2004) and ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society’ (2006). There also two anime series which produced too. They are ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ (2002) and ‘Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C 2nd GIG’ (2004).
In general, Ghost in the Shell series always tell story about Public Security Section 9, a fictional secret government organization, which directly report to prime minister of Japan. The organization lead by Lt Col. Aramaki, dubbed “old ape”, while in field unit is lead by Major Motoko Kusanagi, under her command includes Batou, Togusa, Ishikawa, Saito, Paz and Boma.
Nevertheless, there difference between Ghost in the Shell: Arise series than previous of Ghost in the Shell adaption. The storyline of Ghost in the Shell:Arise is tells around time before Public Security Section 9 officially formed. At least, how it describes in Ghost in the Shell:Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ manga. There a lot of speculation about Ghost in the Shell:Arise storyline in internet which vague and only can be answer when the series is released in middle 2013.
Beside timeline storyline, other difference of Ghost in the Shell: Arise is new appearance of Major Motoko Kusanagi. She describes as a young woman with short hairstyle instead a mature woman with bang hairstyle in the upcoming anime series. However, it make the trademark of Major Kusanagi gone which should become icon like in previous series.
One thing that make me smile is Batou’s previous work is delivery express before he joined Public Security Section 9.
The storyline in Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ was around Batou’s war experiences while he still joined Rangers. He got a friend named Noroshi which part of his team while their rangers unit deployed in South America war. They made an oath that anyone who survive the war will bring their dog tag back home to Japan for buried. And, Batou still keep the oath up today.
According to Chief Aramaki’s briefing, Noroshi is a bomb suspect who already involved in foreign embassy bombing and several government building destruction. Noroshi also receive heavily cyborg body which he against his philosophy in the past. Batou still cannot believe the fact and request he will personally deal Noroshi himself. Aramaki reluctantly approve Bataou’s request.
The fighting scene between Batou and Noroshi is good, clean and fully description involving hand-to-hand combat, cyborg weapon and small arm. I don’t need to describe it further if the action scene in the manga looks like this then it higher chance action scene in the upcoming series will be awesome too.
In the end, Batou shot and fatally wounded Noroshi. The dying Noroshi finally admit his fault to Batou and tells that Batou never change all the time while Noroshi himself who wrong all this time and betray his philosophy. Batou see his friend died before him.
Major Kusanagi and chief Aramaki confront Batou in building entrance. The chief order Batou capture Noroshi alive but Batou killed Noroshi instead and disobeying his order. In the end, chief Aramaki questioned Major Kusanagi why she recommend Batou recruitment into the Section 9 squad. The Major only said she already recruit Batou since he still in rangers.
There flashback how Major Motoko Kusanagi and Batou fighting for their first time. They meet for their first time in South America war and how they left behind by the army after the town where they operated are hit by bombing run and Batou lost all his ranger’s squad. The event also became reason of Noroshi’s revenge up today.
In the end of chapter, Batou remind himself about his time in the rangers. There a possibility Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ next chapter is about Batou’s past time when he stationed in ranger at South America and probably how he meet Major Motoko kusanagi.
In summary, Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ is good manga with detail drawing style. It seems the writer of upcoming Ghost in the Shell series want to make distinction from previous Ghost in the Shell series. So, the manga illustration also different from original Ghost in the Shell manga created by Masamune Shiro.
In my opinion, it is mistake to eliminate Masamune Shiro’s drawing style which lead to missing of important essence in Ghost in the Shell style. Although, it seems the new writer keep use topics from original Ghost in the Shell. The storyline in Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eyes~ was based from the original Ghost in the Shell manga and looks try to continue legacy and trademark of Ghost in the Shell adaptation.
We cannot confirm it if the new adaptation can keep and continue the tradition and legacy of Ghost in the Shell until upcoming series screening in June 2013.