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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 

Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex (original title)
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The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Shirô Saitô Shirô Saitô ...  Gondo 52 episodes, 2002-2005
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...  Major Motoko Kusanagi 52 episodes, 2002-2005
William Frederick Knight ...  Chief Daisuke Aramaki / ... 52 episodes, 2002-2005
Richard Epcar ...  Batou 52 episodes, 2002-2005
Crispin Freeman ...  Togusa 52 episodes, 2002-2005
Peggy O'Neal ...  Girl / ... 52 episodes, 2002-2005
Dino Andrade ...  Sakakibara / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Kevin Brief ...  Kanzaki / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Loy Edge ...  SWAT / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Barbara Goodson ...  Maruta / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Kate Higgins ...  Children / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Patricia Ja Lee ...  Fom / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Michael McConnohie ...  Commander / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Liam O'Brien ...  Fake Laughing Man / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Douglas Rye Douglas Rye ...  Litton / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ...  Foreign Minister / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Doug Stone ...  Matsuoka / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Julie Ann Taylor Julie Ann Taylor ...  Miyahara / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Kari Wahlgren ...  Sales Person / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Tom Wyner ...  Interior Minister / ... 51 episodes, 2002-2005
Mari Devon ...  Seymour / ... 28 episodes, 2003-2005
Darren Pleavin ...  Togusa (Animax Asia dub) 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Grant George ...  Akamine 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Carrie Savage ...  Tachikoma 26 episodes, 2004-2005
John Snyder ...  Kazundo Gouda / ... 24 episodes, 2003-2005
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Storyline

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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A New Beginning, A New Threat...


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The text revolving around the Laughing Man's logo reads: "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." This is actually a quote from J.D. Salinger's classic novel "The Catcher in the Rye"; additionally, the Laughing Man's name comes from a short story of the same name by Salinger. See more »

Quotes

Major Motoko Kusanagi: [Section 9 is disbanding after being attacked by Government forces] Public Security Section 9 is hereby disbanded. That is all.
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Connections

Followed by Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 1 - Ghost Pain (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Living Inside the Shell
(ending theme - 2nd season - episodes #27-51)
Performed by Steve Conte
Music by Yôko Kanno
Lyrics by Shanti Snyder
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User Reviews

The most powerful series ever created
27 October 2005 | by commandstationSee all my reviews

I've been a fan of "Ghost in the Shell" since 1997 when I saw it for the first time. The movie offers sophisticated entertainment that Hollywood couldn't even come close to. Then "Innocence" came out and was an extraordinary achievement with an incredible story and special effects (I still wish they would come out with an English dub).

I didn't think that a TV series could come close to the movies.

I was wrong.

Even though the graphics are a downgrade from the movies, the story has an impact that will give you with goose bumps! The story is an interweaving of events that span for sometime through the series. You have to pay close attention to everything or you'll lose some insight on what is going on.

"SAC" gets into tough subjects like corporate corruption; political corruption and scandals; individuals fighting to restore some semblance of justice and sanity; self sacrifice; robots and their individuality that creates a "Ghost" or a sort of living entity; among other subjects that normal movie production artists wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. It may require most people to watch it at least 3 times to take in all of the information.

For the ultimate in entertainment, sound effects, music - this IS a must own for any individual!


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