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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG

Alternative Titles

English: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
Synonyms: Koukaku Kidoutai S.A.C. 2nd GIG, Ghost In The Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 S.A.C. 2nd GIG


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 2004 to Jan 8, 2005
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.581 (scored by 50,084 users)
Ranked: #672
Popularity: #434
Members: 94,096
Favorites: 1,699
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In a futuristic world where the internet and cybernetics has blurred the borders between societies, the members of Public Security Section 9 are reinstated to assist in solving numerous cases of cyber crime.

A spate of similar crimes committed by separate suicidal groups known as "The Individual Eleven" becomes the core focus for Section 9 as war approaches in the form of refugees flooding into the country.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Kamiyama, Kenji
Kamiyama, Kenji
Matsumoto, Atsushi
Matsumoto, Atsushi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tachibana, Masaki
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Opening Theme

#1: "Rise" by Origa
#2: "Christmas in the Silent Forest" by Ilaria Graziano (Japanese Terrestrial Broadcast)

Ending Theme

#1: "Living Inside the Shell" by Steve Conte
#2: "Christmas in the Silent Forest" by Ilaria Graziano (ep 26)
#3: "Snyper" by Ilaria Graziano (Japanese Terrestrial Broadcast)

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Oct 2, 2009
"Life without truth is not possible. Truth is perhaps Life itself" - Franz Kafka

One of the keys to creating a successful story is innovation, in particular, creating something that is both interesting and relevant, but approached from a different perspective. Of all the genres of the storytelling medium, science fiction is the only one that holds up a mirror to a possible future be it good or bad. It's for this reason that the genre is often lauded and derided, sometimes by the same person, as science fiction is predictory by nature, in other words, it posits how humans would behave in certain circumstances.

During read more
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Apr 22, 2007
NOTE: If you haven't seen 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' I recommend you watch that first. I have reviewed that as well.

Just when one thought that with 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence' and 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex', this franchise had reached its pinnacle, Studio I.G. came up with GiTS: SAC 2ng Gig.

It carries over the same qualities that made the first series such a brilliant watch - an excruciatingly complex plot with conspiracy, intrigue and plenty of action and smashing music. The reason why this tops the first season is the more personal feel. Character development, read more
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May 4, 2015
One of the many reasons as to why the Ghost in the Shell franchise has achieved widespread popularity among sci-fi anime fans is due to its concept-driven structure and its ability to create questions without explicitly asking them. What is a soul? Are we truly human? Is the future ideology any different from today?
Its narrative style of "Show, don't tell" when it comes to these themes create an awfully deep and extraordinary voyage into the mind of humanity and our perception of the future. After Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell (1995), the hands of the franchise was placed into director Kenji Kamiyama's read more
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Dec 8, 2014
One of the most preeminent names in the medium worldwide, the Ghost in the Shell franchise has achieved remarkable success for its consistent, expertly handled elements of cerebral themes, an authentically fleshed out, futuristic world, a likable cast - and much more. Following the success of its predecessors comes the second season of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series. The resulting output, while not without hitches, is still very successful, as a title which continues to prey on its established strengths, yet continually building upon its strong foundations.

Almost right off the bat, it is apparent that the second season is attempting read more
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Anime: Psycho-Pass
Both are from Production I.G and have the similar futuristic police thriller theme to it. In Psycho-Pass the police's special team that are comprised of Enforcers who are latent criminals who are specialized to hunt down other latent criminals. In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig this special unit works for the organization called Public Security Section 9; a division that exist under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The unit is a group who specializes in fighting technology-related crimes like cyberterrorism.

Both have a cyberpunk setting.
reportRecommended by Silentcid
Anime: Psycho-Pass Movie
-Terrorism and guerrilla warfare play an important part in the story
-It takes place in the future where the technology is advanced and is crucial for the military/police
-Lots of epic action and fight scenes
-Both have a strong female lead characters
-Lots of politics
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Anime: Tetsuwan Birdy Decode:02
A somewhat sexualized female police officer with an abnormal strength as the lead. The exploration of her past and her nickname. A radical terrorist group. The focus of millions of refugees living from the destruction of its fictional universe.

Despite the similar premise, the tone and execution is quite different. Tetsuwan Birdy Decode:02 uses its broader political structure as a springboard for its cosmopolitan characters. Focusing more on its dramatic past, it pushes aside a lot of the political intrigue unlike GitS. It also has a much more wider spectrum of tones and genres and is more cathartic with its set of characters. /> Meanwhile GitS SAC has a more regimented set of characters and a much more thicker political climate with a more solid establishment for its setting.

I would recommend the preference for either a space opera or a cyberpunk anime. Still, both are pretty good sci-fi ,action, drama.  read more 
reportRecommended by Cespar
Anime: Macross
Bothy have robots. Great battles. Dystopian future. 
reportRecommended by Ennis1001
Anime: Gasaraki
For political theorists out there who enjoy engaging with ideas such as restructuring society, these two anime share common elements. At the macro-level of society, various actors with grand ideologies at hand plan to reshape society, or at least, to prepare the grounds for the next stage in its development. At the micro-level of society, civil unrest, clandestine political gamesmanship, and the threat of military action from foreign actors all threaten to push everything toward the brink of chaos.

If you're interested in performances motivated by civil unrest, i.e. grand politics, then moving from one to the other should appeal to you. 
reportRecommended by PleiadesRising
Anime: Black Lagoon
both have bad-ass main woman and normalish guy, both have great dubs also they both have great gun fight and realistic looking art also they both are Seinen. The plots are different ghost in the shell is a cyber punk about a about a governmental group going after criminals and black lagoon is realistic based in current time and mainly about criminal activity because the mains are basically criminals. 
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