Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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Synonyms: Ghost in the Shell SAC, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
English: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
German: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Spanish: Ghost In The Shell : Stand Alone Complex
French: Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2002 to Oct 1, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Fridays at 15:30 (JST)
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, DetectiveDetective, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 164968164,968 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1712
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #578
Members: 398,206
Favorites: 8,636

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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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Winner of the Excellence Award on the 6th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors

The Laughing Man



Ookawa, Tooru


Nakano, Yutaka


Yamadera, Kouichi


Onozuka, Takashi


Maseba, Yutaka
Kamiyama, Kenji
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Production Director, Series Composition
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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)


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 ...
Apr 27, 2008
Mixed Feelings
I haven't written any reviews for any anime so this may be a bit rocky. -.-

Stand Alone Complex is definetly not your normal anime. Just the name should give away the fact that this is a different kind of anime. What i have to say about the story of Ghost in the Shell is that it is really confusing. If you are looking for an anime that you can sleep through then keep looking because even if you are able to read the subs (i like to watch only subbed anime =) then there is still a high possibility that you won't get what's going ...
May 19, 2010
There are several things I don't appreciate in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Spoilers included by necessity:

I found it really disappointig that the final solutions to the main mysteries didn't actually have anything to do with the technology of GITS's world like would have expected. Why not explore the chance that, for example, the EXACT replicability of things electronic input/output to brain allows could result in different minds processing the raw thoughts to a same conclusion as the results of human minds being at some level identical? Instead the "copies without original" were explained through memetics, despite the fact that the concept of memes ...

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