Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)
"Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex" (original title)

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Shirô Saitô ...
 Gondo (52 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peggy O'Neal ...
 Girl / ... (52 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Children / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Kanzaki / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 SWAT / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Maruta / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Kate Higgins ...
 Children / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Paddy Lee ...
 Fom / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Commander / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Fake Laughing Man / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Douglas Rye ...
 Litton / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Barry Stigler ...
 Foreign Minister / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Doug Stone ...
 Matsuoka / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Julie Ann Taylor ...
 Miyahara / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Sales Person / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Tom Wyner ...
 Interior Minister / ... (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Mari Devon ...
 Seymour / ... (28 episodes, 2003-2005)
Carrie Daniels ...
 Tachikoma (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Akamine (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Carrie Savage ...
 Tachikoma (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Kazundo Gouda / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2005)


The second season of Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex begins with Section 9 being called back to work after a hostage situation of concern to the Ruling Party renders the Police useless. The entire team returns to the front lines: Kusanagi, Batoh, Togusa, Ishikawa, Saito, Paz & Borma, with four of the original Tachikomas restored after the firefight of Episode 26. The hostage situation announced the rising of a new terrorist cell, which takes much after another one in the headlines of today's papers. The Individual Eleven, whose members are neither individuals, or total up to eleven are a new threat to Public Security. How does a specialized public security group face an enemy more faceless than the "laughing man" during a time of political unrest? Among the broad changes from the first show involve the new ruling party, headed by the new Prime Minister Kabayuki after the prior ousting in GITS: SAC, the Japanese Residents caught in the middle of the affairs and paying the taxes... Written by nachothecheesyone

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In the "Tachikoma Ready-Room" you can sometimes hear a faint noise. It's the familiar computer sound from the old Star Trek (1966) series. See more »


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18 November 2004 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Fans of the films might be disappointed. But Stand Alone Complex lives by it's title. Its stands alone from the original movies. But what makes SAC so much more entertaining is the fact it's a series.

In this form GITS becomes more like the manga it was inspired from. Sure there isn't a Puppet Master plot, but now we get to see the inner workings of Section 9 and the role they play in this cybernetic future where the line between the real world and the digital one is too closely blurred.

Everything about this series is top notch. The story's are written in classic science fiction form. The 3-D animation is near flawless. And of course the biggest praise has to be the soundtrack.

But mostly the characters bring out the most in this show. Everyone knows Motoko. But Batou is her complete opposite bringing a little bit of humor to an otherwise serious job. And the old ape, Chief Aramaki, is just superior as the head of Section 9. Also we get to see how the other members of Section 9 make it the elite team that it is.

But really the Tachikoma's bring the most interesting aspect to the show. Since these mini-tanks are controlled by A.I., their experience's help them understand more about the world they live in much like a small child growing up. Overall their playful attitude contrasts the serious aspects of the show. ( and I love their little spots after each episode )

All in all SAC does a great job of showing viewers what a future of great technological advances could bring. The good and the bad. From the hijacked tank, to the Geri's, and even to the terrorist known only as the Laughing Man. Ghost in the Shell SAC shows audiences that anime can be full of action, intelligence, mystery, and humor all rolled into one.

And that makes it a must see for anyone, not just fans of Anime.

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