Characters: Ghost in the Shell: Arise

While most of the characters have appeared in the past in various Ghost in the Shell incarnations, this page is for characters who based in the Ariseverse.

If you want to read on tropes that affect most of the characters taken from the SACverse, read here.

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    Public Security Section 9 

Major Motoko Kusanagi

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)

  • Artificial Human: It's somewhat complicated, but this version's Major was originally a fetus in a woman who was in an accident. They were able to save the fetus' brain and put it in a cyborg body, but it means that technically she's never had a real human body.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Kusanagi in the manga.
  • Bling of War: Motoko's JGSDF uniform is just a bit too subdued for that.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Turned out she was this in the first OVA.
  • Cartwright Curse: She seems to be incapable of holding the steady relationship for one reason or another, despite obviously direly needing one. As of Ghost Tears she went through six boyfriends in just half year, and broke with the next-to-last one so violently as to send the guy into hospital for months, while the last one turned out to be a perp in her case, and committed suicide to save her in the finale.
  • Cool Bike: Motoko drives a Kaneda-style red sports bike with matching helmet to go with her outfit.
  • Dating Catwoman: In Ghost Tears the Major's current boyfriend is one of the perps in the case she's on.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Major's standard recruitment technique, particularly with Batou, given their past rivalry.
  • Defector from Decadence: Motoko leaves Unit 501 after they let Mamuro die to protect their existence, which she finds unforgivable.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Motoko. Red leather jacket, red leather pants, red leather boots. Still a complete Bad Ass by virtue of the franchise history.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Motoko's eyes are blue like in the original film version of Ghost in the Shell, though in Arise they are a darker shade of blue.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Shower scene? Check. Scenes with her in her underwear? Check. Chasing a spy outside in the middle of the night wearing nothing but her underwear in the first OVA? Triple-Check. She is this in spades.
  • Non-Idle Rich: The first episode finale says that Major was left a large enough trust fund that paying out the (pretty damn high) cost of her body is a rather small change compared to the rest of it, which would allow her to comfortably retire for life. She still takes Aramaki's offer of a position in Section 9.
  • Not So Stoic: Motoko is noticeably more emotive than her SAC counterpart.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Motoko wears a revealing red gown when she's invited by her boyfriend for a wedding of his customers.
  • She's Got Legs: The third OVA keeps showing off Motoko's legs. Then, it turns into Fan Disservice when her leg muscles kept bulging and are rigged with explosives.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: A spot-on example. On the job, she's brusque, ice-cold, and aloof. On the other hand, she's more relaxed around the Logicoma, and in Ghost Tears, she's incredibly warm and loving with her boyfriend. Well, until he showed his true colors, that is...
  • Waif-Fu: This version of Motoko is very short and skinny, so any time she tries to fight someone else, especially another cyborg (typically all very large men) this trope ensues.
  • Woman Scorned: Motoko is understandably angry when she learned the truth that her boyfriend is a terrorist who retrofitted her legs with explosives.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This version of Motoko has blue-ish purple hair.


Voiced by: Kenichirou Matsuda (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)


Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Alex Organ (English)

  • Badass Longcoat: Starts sporting a trenchcoat in the TV episode "Pyrophoric Cult, Part 1" as a symbol of him starting work with Section 9.
  • No Name Given: Togusa's given name is never mentioned in any installment of the franchise. Arise! is no different here.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Still uses a Mateba M2008M as his main sidearm.
  • Sherlock Scan: In the third OVA, Togusa was able to figure it out that Akira Hose is hiding something and know that Motoko is in love with the latter just based on her non-verbal cues. Motoko disregards this and calls Togusa an amateur. Though, of course, she denies it at first because of her feelings with Hose. And at the end of the episode, Motoko gives Togusa an offer to join Section 9.


Voiced by: Takurou Nakakuni (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)


Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)


Voiced by: Youji Ueda (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)

  • Knife Nut: Uses a combat knife when in close quarters.


Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)

Daisuke Aramaki

Voiced by: Ikkyuu Juku (Japanese), John Swasey (English)


Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)

  • Battle Cry
    Logicoma: (while leaping onto a speeding truck) Death from Above!
  • Literal-Minded: The Logicoma following Motoko. When Motoko tells it to disappear for a while, the Logicoma takes the order literally and uses its camouflage. Motoko is rather impressed by that revelation.
  • Robot Buddy: For Motoko.

    Unit 501, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces 


Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)


Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), David Wald (English)


Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Chris Rager (English)


Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)


Colonel Kazuya Soga

Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese), Jeremy Schwartz (English)


Voiced by: Takako Fuji (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)

Akira Hose