In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate.
On the case with her are 'Sleepless Eye' Batou, who believes Kusanagi is a criminal, Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa who is investigating a series of prostitute murders he believes are related to the incident, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurtz of the 501 Organization who also wishes to keep an eye on Kusanagi.
Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. When unknown forces hack the Logicomas, Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. Kusanagi also seeks to enlist ace sniper Saito and undercover cop Paz into the new Public Security Section 9. The two groups rival each other in a case involving a man who receives false memories of a refugee transport operation.
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Having been spoiled by the original movie and the stand alone complex series' I guess my expectations were high for Arise. However I find myself disappointed. Firstly the animation is not great, movements and fight scenes seem sluggish. The stories are confusing and don't make much sense. It feels like they are trying to make it complicated for the sake of creating intrigue, but instead made it messy. Lastly I don't know why but in 5.1 surround, the music appeared to be surround sound but none of the effects... maybe just me? Other 5.1 movies such as dread don't seem to have this problem on my system. There are some good aspects. Number one the music. Although over used does work well for many of the scenes. Don't be fooled though it is in no way on par with Yoko Kanno's music for SAC. The SG effects are a lot better than a lot of the animation which was a relief. Overall, enjoyable to watch but won't go out of my way to watch the next parts.
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