In 2027, one year after the end of the Fourth Non-Nuclear War, the guttural town of New Port City is plagued with one mass tragedy after another. Enter Public Security Section’s Daisuke Aramaki to lead an investigation along with Batou better known to the criminal scourge as “the man with the eye that does not sleep.” Running parallel to this investigation is the military’s clandestine 501st Secret Unit, which happens to count Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg, wizard-level hacker amongst its many members. Also investigating these events is the Niihama Prefectural Police detective Togusa. When all three investigations cross paths, secrets will be revealed and terrible truths unearthed. (via

The Ghost in the Shell universe gets a four-part OVA prequel (50 minutes each) about the very early days of Section 9 and how Motoko Kusanagi ended up how she is in her thermoptic camo at the very beginning of the visionary GitS movie. Part 1, Border 1: Ghost Pain gets a limited cinematic release in Japan, on June 22, 2013 and there’s a currently ongoing manga entitled Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eye~ in Kodansha’s Young Magazine. (here’s some more merch and background info for you, Wikipedia page is actually full of great extra info as well – I’m quite sad though that Atsuko Tanaka, the voice of the Major got replaced – but then again, a young Major probably sports a different personality and mindset – or not, we’ll see quite soon)