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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Alternative Titles

English: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Synonyms: Ghost in the Shell SAC, Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2002 to Mar 25, 2003
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.461 (scored by 67221 users)
Ranked: #1262
Popularity: #170
Members: 134,806
Favorites: 4,063
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

action cyberpunk mecha sci-fi

Synopsis

In the not so distant future, mankind has advanced to a state where complete body transplants from flesh to machine is possible. This allows for great increases in both physical and cybernetic prowess and blurring the lines between the two worlds. However, criminals can also make full use of such technology, leading to new and sometimes, very dangerous crimes. In response to such innovative new methods, the Japanese Government has established Section 9, an independently operating police unit which deals with such highly sensitive crimes.

Led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 deals with such crimes over the entire social spectrum, usually with success. However, when faced with a new A level hacker nicknamed "The Laughing Man," the team is thrown into a dangerous cat and mouse game, following the hacker's trail as it leaves its mark on Japan.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
Alternative setting: Ghost in the Shell
Sequel: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
Spin-off: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma na Hibi
Summary: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
Side story: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma no Hibi Fan Disc

Characters & Voice Actors

Batou
Batou
Main
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese
Ootsuka, Akio
Epcar, Richard
English
Epcar, Richard
...
Togusa
Togusa
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
Freeman, Crispin
English
Freeman, Crispin
...
Aramaki, Daisuke
Aramaki, Daisuke
Main
Saka, Osamu
Japanese
Saka, Osamu
Knight, William Frederick
English
Knight, William Frederick
...
Kusanagi, Motoko
Kusanagi, Motoko
Main
Tanaka, Atsuko
Japanese
Tanaka, Atsuko
McGlynn, Mary Elizabeth
English
McGlynn, Mary Elizabeth
...

Staff

Kamiyama, Kenji
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Production Director
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yoshihara, Masayuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation



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Dec 9, 2014
Ezmira
The relationship between man and machine is one often fantasized by artistes in diverse mediums. It’s a subject matter that fully intrigues and it's not hard to deduce why: it parallels heavily with our own society. The unwavering quench to advance collective technologies and the relative dependency on machines has drastically grown with the ages. Authors, artists, social critics, and scholars from all walks of life have adopted this framework and produced some of the most imaginative works that not only entertain, but step beyond the fictional realm to perhaps foreshadow a similar tomorrow not too far away…

One such examination is the Ghost in the read more
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May 28, 2014
bellellis
Previous to watching this, I had seen the famous Ghost in the Shell film from the 90s, as well as its sequel, several times. Not because I liked them though. Rather, due to my lack of willingness to accept that I truly did not like a lauded combination of philosophy, anime, and cyberpunk; three things which I'm very fond of. It didn't make any sense. Despite some interesting, and obviously influental visuals, as well as some nice actions scenes, it seemed to me too much like the worst of European art films. It was unnecessarily slowly paced, and constantly making meaningless references to literature, and read more
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Sep 28, 2009
Archaeon
Many anime fans consider the 1995 movie "Ghost in the Shell" to be a classic of the first order so when the Stand Alone Complex series was released six years later, many were sceptical as to how good it would actually be (and I will admit to being one of those people). Production I.G. managed to put everyone's fears to rest though, just not in the way we all expected (I'll explain in a bit).

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a series that really doesn't need any introduction. The original movie proposed a disturbingly plausible future for mankind that is akin to the read more
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Aug 19, 2013
Gonzo-lewd
Science Fiction has come a long way from stories involving the unknown reaches of space by the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to stories that draw social implications of our own society from famed authors George Orwell and Phillip K. Dick. There is little doubt that anime productions have tackled a lot beneath the limits of the genre ranging from Space Opera to Cyberpunk. One series that is often considered one of the most popular in the anime Sci-fi genre is Ghost in the Shell. After the success of the movie, directed by celebrated director Mamoru Oshii, we now have Ghost in the read more
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Recommendations

Both are procedural crime shows and set in a future version of Japan. Both shows are very focused on sci fi and each has their own interesting gallery of gadgets and systems. Both follow the attempts of a law enforcement agencies attempts to capture an enigmatic criminal who's always several steps ahead. Ghost in the Shell is more episodic and the underlying plot is visited in standalone episodes throughout the season. Psycho Pass is more focused on the main plot. I've heard Psycho Pass get called at best inspired by and at worst a rip off of GitS but I think it's its own show and I'll recommend it as such. If you like detective stories, Sci-fi, and character driven drama you'll like this
Similar art and pacing. Deal with similar themes.
Both share a similar style where a greater storyline is carried on by seemingly unrelated episodes (or episode pairs in the case of Darker than Black).
Both GitS and SEL tackle the themes of the melding of humanity and machinery/computers, although they approach the concept in very different ways. SEL focuses on a single girl, and her exploration and gradual absorption into the world of "the Wired" (AKA the internet). It's semi-futuristic, and very very creepy. It's also somewhat more psychological than GitS. GitS is centered around on a group of cops who deal primarily with computer and cyborg related crimes. It's more action oriented than Lain, and at least as good. It's done by Production I.G., so the animation is amazing, and blends 2D and 3D pretty much seamlessly. Each episode and the series as a whole are ingeniously plotted. They're both great anime, and if you like one, you'll probably like the other.
Futuristic animes that have characters who are Kick Ass! The main characters in both animes, the Major for GITS and Spike for Bebop, both have strong convictions and an unknown past that fuels their character's values.
Texhonolyze is darker and heavier then Ghost in the Shell but it shares similar atmosphere and cyberpank features.

Opening Theme

#1: "Inner Universe" by Origa
#2: "GET9" by Jillmax (Japanese Terrestrial Broadcast)

Ending Theme

#1: "Lithium Flower" by Scott Matthew
#2: "I Do" by Ilaria Graziano (Japanese Terrestrial Broadcast)

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