Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man

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English: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 23, 2005
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, PolicePolice, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 2 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 1435014,350 users)
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Ranked: #4482
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Popularity: #2967
Members: 36,364
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In 2024, the terrorist incident known as "The Laughing Man Incident" occurred in which Ernest Serano, president of the groundbreaking micromachine company, Serano Genomics, was kidnapped and ransomed. One day, the case having remained unsolved for six years, Detective Yamaguchi, who has been investigating "The Laughing Man Incident," sends word that he wants to meet with Togusa from Public Safety Section 9. However, soon after sending this message, Yamaguchi, crucial to the success of the case, dies in an accident. Many days pass and in the midst of a police interview relay concerning suspicions behind interceptors, a forewarning is received from "The Laughing Man" of his next crime. The incorporeal hacker begins to move once again.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

The Laughing Man





Nakano, Yutaka




Onozuka, Takashi


Kamiyama, Kenji
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Production Director
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Episode Director
Fuseki, Kazunobu
Episode Director, Storyboard


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Ending Theme

"Inner Universe" by Origa

Oct 28, 2007
DarksideLuke (All reviews)
Koukaku Kidoutai STAND ALONE COMPLEX: The Laughing Man OVA is taken directly from Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex ~1st Gig~ story arc of the same name. It is mostly a retelling of the TV series (Think Cowboy Beebop TV episode 1 Vs. Cowboy Beebop: The Movie). Even though the animation was completed prior (in the first season of the TV series), it is not necessarily a cut and paste job. There is some additional material (not included in the TV series) and dialogue. It's not a lot, or easily noticable - if you haven't seen the TV series recently, you read more
Oct 7, 2007
Jeff_J5Films (All reviews)
it used clips from the show but all of the voice acting was redone, most of the time with different actors, for example in the show the laughing man sounds like a kid but in this he sounds like an adult with a deep voice, and alot of the words were changed completely form what they said in the show and you don't learn anything new from this it's just a 3-Hour recap of the first season of the show.

As for disk 2 THERES NOTHING ON IT! the best they hav is a 2min episode of tachicomic days and an awesome trailer to one of read more
Dec 16, 2010
kurzweil1024 (All reviews)
Stand Alone Complex was based on Yoshiki Sakurai’s 2001 Media Ecology dissertation “The Whereabouts of the Other in the Future of Human-Robot Interaction” (「他我を宿す条件 ~人間・ロボット間コミュニケーションの行方~」).

It is about how the phenomenon of THE LAUGHING MAN — unique minds becoming individual components of a complex system acting as one collective consciousness (memes), and the phenomenon of THE TACHIKOMA — perfect machine copies of each other evolving individual differences, are the two inevitable consequences of data synchronization.

The interaction between these antithetical phenomena is explored on a literary level in Stand Alone Complex, and political in 2nd GiG.

Stand Alone Complex is the most cerebral anything anywhere, and it has read more

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