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 163608163,608 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1662
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #574
Members: 394,750
Favorites: 8,573

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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

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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)


Mar 25, 2023
Out of 100 Nobles watching…
95 were impressed!
5 didn’t like the one filler episode and old car CG

I was certainly apprehensive to dive in watching Stand Alone Complex after watching the original film and finding it to be such a masterpiece. Most of my memories of the show were from days of my youth watching adult swim. At that time, I would usually watch the Inner Universe OP, vibe to the strange lonely wistfulness it would instill in me, and then watch something else because I found the episodes too slow for my kid brain. Returning to watch the show properly now I found it to ...
Mar 20, 2023
Mixed Feelings
This is a very... diverse series, I'd say.

I had an introduction with the "Ghost in the Shell" with the very first film. A masterpiece in philosophical future thought. Since the story was perfect as a 1-hour and 20-minute film; a series with 26 episodes was a tough ask from me. It didn't deliver as much, but maybe I can't really compare.

These are two very different stories, tackling a different world, and another message. One is that of the mental questions of how can the world work with these sci-fi concepts, and this series worries itself more on how people deal with those concepts, with a ...
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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