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  • Starring: Julie Maddalena, Michael McCarty, William Knight
  • 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. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    Most hardcore of anime I have ever encountered. It's got crime scene investigating in it witch by then i am hocked.. I love this kind ofMost hardcore of anime I have ever encountered. It's got crime scene investigating in it witch by then i am hocked.. I love this kind of stuff. Very out standing! Collapse
  2. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a 26-episode anime derivation of the 1989 manga by ShirÅ
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    My rating is for the whole series.

    One of the best sf cyberpunk anime out there. Story is fantastic about a secret crime solving unit in
    My rating is for the whole series.

    One of the best sf cyberpunk anime out there. Story is fantastic about a secret crime solving unit in the future where the lines between human and machine are blurred.
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  4. Nov 11, 2010
    10
    I'm a typical anime guy whose watched tons of different anime, including Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Full MetalI'm a typical anime guy whose watched tons of different anime, including Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, Death Note; you name it. Ghost in the Shell is by far one of the best Anime's ever created. The characters and story is rich, always flowing in a similar manner to what you'd expect from master pieces like Cowboy Bebop.

    I don't have a favorite anime, but this one is in my top 5 if not top 3. Highly reccomend both seasons, as they are both on par.
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  5. Mar 14, 2013
    9
    Ghost in the Shell is and always will be my favorite Anime of all time. So when I first heard about the series I almost dropped to my knees inGhost in the Shell is and always will be my favorite Anime of all time. So when I first heard about the series I almost dropped to my knees in excitement. Did it live up to the movies god like status? Almost. While it isn't as good as the original movie. I don't think it could have been improved. The show is as good as it can be and does the name proud. Expand