Ranked #113

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2002 to Mar 25, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.471 (scored by 77,273 users)
Ranked: #1132
Popularity: #198
Members: 160,223
Favorites: 4,899
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kusanagi, Motoko
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Tanaka, Atsuko
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Ootsuka, Akio
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Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi
Aramaki, Daisuke
Aramaki, Daisuke
Saka, Osamu
Saka, Osamu


Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Kamiyama, Kenji
Kamiyama, Kenji
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Production Director
Tachibana, Masaki
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Episode Director, Storyboard
Fuseki, Kazunobu
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Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(1/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Section 9
Kouan 9 ka / Section-9 (公安9課 / SECTION-9)
Oct 1, 2002

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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Sep 28, 2009
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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Dec 9, 2014
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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Aug 19, 2013
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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Feb 12, 2014
My view of anime, broadly speaking, might be called hopeless. I don't expect great things from the medium, and I am rarely given any reason to. Despite the insistence of the Anime News Network/Colony Drop types, I don't think anime is particularly exceptional in the scope of its content, thematically or otherwise, and so the notion that these abstract forces ("moe," "loli," "otaku pandering," etc.) could ruin the entire medium borders on the absurd. Much of anime is very much genre fiction, and replacing one set of generic conventions and tropes with another is progress, if anything. With that said, I have no problem with read more
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