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: Unknown
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, 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 161652161,652 users)
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Ranked: #1632
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Popularity: #561
Members: 388,969
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You can see the club page here:

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40 Entries · Apr 8, 2022 12:52 AM


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