Ranked #72

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
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.571 (scored by 48,398 users)
Ranked: #722
Popularity: #427
Members: 90,233
Favorites: 1,579
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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


Kamiyama, Kenji
Kamiyama, Kenji
Matsumoto, Jun
Matsumoto, Jun
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tachibana, Masaki
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawasaki, Itsurou
Kawasaki, Itsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard, 2nd Key Animation

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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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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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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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Aug 1, 2015
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[Synopsis]: The second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex takes place two years after the resolution of the Laughing Man incident – After resolving a hostage crisis Section 9 becomes reinstated under a new Prime Minister however becomes involved with an enigmatic terrorist organization called the ‘Individual Eleven’. Between this new terrorist threat and the numerous refugees in Japan left over from the aftermath of the Third and Fourth World Wars who’s rebellious sentiments have been stirred by recent events, Japan has turned into a powder keg and as the story unfolds it becomes read more
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Apr 22, 2015
Ghost in the Shell 2nd gig, second part of the Stand Alone Complex story-line of the Ghost in the shell franchise, is one of those anime which aren't usually talked about much, but of course, you might have heard about it but not too many discussions around. Now does it deserve more recognition or it just wasn't worth noting? Oh who am I kidding, I gave it a 9, of course it does, its not perfect though, but still close.

This is the 2nd part of the Stand Alone Complex story-line, so you would expect some improvements over the first part/season, and thats just what 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.
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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 
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Anime: Macross
Bothy have robots. Great battles. Dystopian future. 
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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. 
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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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