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  • Summary: It is a time when, even if nets were to guide all consciousness that had been converted to photons and electrons toward coalescing, standalone individuals have not yet been converted into data to the extent that they can form unique components of a larger complex.
    Based on the manga by
    It is a time when, even if nets were to guide all consciousness that had been converted to photons and electrons toward coalescing, standalone individuals have not yet been converted into data to the extent that they can form unique components of a larger complex.
    Based on the manga by Shirō Masamune and made popular world-wide by Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cyberpunk classic, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex adds more to the rich, philosophical tale of the fusion between man and machine.
    The year is 2030 and man and machine are fast becoming fully integrated. Advancements in computer technology that can be melded into both body and mind have become readily available.
    Criminal acts have entered a new era as well. Exploiting the very systems meant to advance society for the better, criminals have created new ways to get what they desire. Cyberbrains, now very commonplace within society, allow for the abuse of people's minds through hacking. Along with body enhancements come androids that allow for criminals to work their machinations from behind the scenes.
    As new and more serious forms of crime escalate, more advanced police units are needed to handle these emerging threats. That is why Public Security Section 9, a special task force made up of both flesh and blood humans and mechanical cyborgs, has been assembled. Equipped with the latest technology and advance multipedal tanks called Tachikomas, Section 9 handles high crimes committed against the Japanese people. Each member has their own strong points that come in handy during each mission, but when dealing with such highly advanced criminals, strong points are second only to cold, hard skill.
    Japanese Title:
    「攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX」
    「Kōkaku Kidōtai STAND ALONE COMPLEX」
    Literal Translation: Offensive Shell Mobile Unit.
    Artistic Translation: Mobile Armoured Riot Police.
    Age Rating: TV-M; 青年 / 成年 - Seinen (Pronounced Say-nen) (Young Adult) / Seinen (Adult). Violence, Language, Nudity, Political Intrigue.
    Genres: Mecha, Military, Police, Science Fiction, Politics.
    Intro Theme:
    「Inner Universe」by Origa (eps 1-26)
    「Rise」by Origa (eps 27-52)
    Outro Theme:
    「Lithium Flower」 by Scott Matthew (eps 1-26)
    「Living Inside the Shell」by Steve Conte (eps 27-52)
    SAC: 1995 Movie
    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex takes place in the year 2030, one year after the events of the first movie that was released in 1995. However, SAC takes place in an alternate universe. Thus, the events of the movie never take place in the world of SAC.
    A Note about the Episodes
    For Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - 1st GIG, the SA/C nomenclature denotes SA as 'Stand Alone' and C as 'Complex'. 'Stand Alone' episodes deal with various cases that Section 9 handles. 'Complex' episodes cover one major case that Section 9 investigates throughout the first season.
    For Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - 2nd GIG the IN/DI/DU nomenclature denotes IN as 'INdividual' episodes, DI as 'DIvidual' episodes, and DU as 'DUal' episodes. While one may think that IN refer to the Stand Alone episodes of the second season, they actually are the Complex episodes of 2nd Gig. DI episodes are the Stand Alone episodes. Finally, DU episodes cover cases pertaining to the Japanese Government.
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
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  1. Nov 11, 2010
    10
    Just as good as the first in my opinion. You can't go wrong with such a complex and deep story. I'd like to say though that this anime isJust as good as the first in my opinion. You can't go wrong with such a complex and deep story. I'd like to say though that this anime is Mature and shouldn't be watched by kids. The second season might be a little darker, but just as good as the first. Expand