Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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  • 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.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 27

    Solid State Society

    Aired 6/11/07

  • S 2 : Ep 26

    IN: Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG

    Aired 5/28/06

  • S 2 : Ep 25

    IN: To the Other Side of Paradise; THIS SIDE OF JUSTICE

    Aired 5/21/06

  • S 2 : Ep 24

    IN: Aerial Bombing of Dejima; NUCLEAR POWER

    Aired 5/14/06

  • S 2 : Ep 23

    IN: The Day the Bridge Falls; MARTIAL LAW

    Aired 5/7/06

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  • Crispin Freeman


  • Dave Wittenberg


  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

    Motoko Kusanagi

  • Sandy Fox


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  • Quotes (70)

    • Aramaki: Major! Motoko: Almost there! Aramaki: The military's itching to jump in. Watch your back! Motoko: Thanks for the concern.

    • Batou: But Major! What if the robot geishas demand a pay raise? Togusa: Knock it off.

    • Motoko: All personnel in position! Standing by! Aramaki: Right. You're on. Motoko: Go!

    • Batou: Hey, we don't even know its capabilities and we're going in with Tachikomas. Motoko: (chuckles) don't be too quick to underestimate them. Tachikoma 1: That's right! Tachikoma 2: You tell 'em, Major! Tachikoma 3: Bring it on!

    • Batou: You get all the fun jobs, don't ya? Togusa: Don't come crying to me if you get blown away.

    • Tachikoma 1: Harima Research Academy is the place where our neurochips were made. Tachikoma 2: A triumphant return to our birthplace. Tachikoma 3: The Major gets mad when we chatter.

    • SWAT Officer 1: First time I've seen them work. SWAT Officer 2: I didn't think Section 9 really existed.

    • Batou: You ok? Destroyed Tachikoma: I'm fine! Motoko: Wait there for assistance. Destroyed Tachikoma: Sure thing...since I can't move.

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    Notes (183)

    • Japanese Title: 「公安9課」 - 「Kōan Kyūka」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: October 1st, 2002.

    • There are a few changes in the character's appearances from the 1995 movie. Motoko's hair has been changed from black to purple and her eye color from blue to burnt sienna, Batou has long hair, Togusa's hair has become a lighter brown, and Aramaki has been given a more chiseled face.

    • Timeline: According to the clock in Aramaki's office, the date is April 14th, 2030 at 05:46.

    • The Major shows Aramaki footage from the Yanagi (Willow) Room. A Yanagi Room is Japanese style room with an open-air thermal bath and a garden. The Yanagi Room in this episode has a garden and toilets with a ceiling overhead, but there are two doors opposite the entrance which could lead to open-air baths. To add, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn says the word wrong by pausing on the 'ya' when no pause is required.

    • Japanese Title: 「暴走の証明」 - 「Bōsō no Shōmei」 The DVD translates the title as 「Runaway Evidence」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: October 8th, 2002.

    • Japanese Title: 「ささやかな反乱」 - 「Sasayaka na Hanran」

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    Trivia (97)

    • As the intro sequence begins, a single line of Japanese writing is displayed vertically on the screen (西暦二千三十年 新浜市ー). It says Seireki Nisensanjūnen Niihama-shi... or AD 2030 - New Port City...

    • In the show's intro, as the Osprey is taking off, the title is displayed. Written in Japanese kanji - 攻殼機動隊 - is the Japanese name for Ghost in the Shell, Kōkaku Kidōtai, which literally translates to Offensive Shell Mobile Unit and is rearranged as Mobile Armoured Riot Police.

    • At the very beginning of the episode, an introduction to the series is shown. As it is displayed on the screen, the English letters overwrite the Japanese characters. Kanji: あらゆるネットが眼根を巡らせ 光や電子となった意思を ある一方向に向かわせたとしても "孤人"が 複合体としての"個"になる程には 情報化されたない時代・・・ Rōmaji: Arayuru Net ga Me Ne o Megurase Hikariya Denshi to natta Ishi o Aru Ippō Kyō ni Mukawaseta to shite mo "Konin" ga Fukugōtai to shite no "Ko" ni naru Hodo ni wa Jōhō Kasaretenai Jidai... The Japanese introduction can be found on the Japanese-edition DVD, sold through Japanese online retailers, and on the video game for the Sony Playstation 2 and the Sony PSP.

    • On the left side of the title, and also in every title screen in all subsequent episodes, the beginning of the screenplay for the episode scrolls up the screen.

    • After Aramaki is shown entering the meeting between Kubota and the police officers, the two subordinate police officers are shown saluting as the camera moves from right to left. However, in the very next scene, the two officers have put their hands down. No time had been given for this to occur.

    • .When the Major calls Saitou, behind his sniper post is a building with the Japanese 洋服の大和 on it. It says Yōfuku no Yamato on it or Western Clothing Japan. Yamato is the ancient name for Japan, which has been replaced by the modern-day Nihon or Nippon (Japan is an English bastardisation of an old Chinese word for the country.). Above the Japanese is the word Yamato.

    • The background music at the beginning of this episode is the same BGM from the beginning of the previous episode sans vocals: "Stamina Rose" by Yōko Kanno. The song is also played in its original form, with chanting by Yōko Kanno (under her pseudonym Gabriela Robin) towards the end of the episode.

    • In one scene in this episode, there is a difference in what is said by the Japanese seiyuu and English voice actress for Motoko Kusanagi. In the scene where Motoko relays to Aramaki that they're about to cross the Niihama Bridge, the English voice actress tells Aramaki that blowing up the bridge will, "cost four times more than their precious tank." The Japanese seiyuu says that blowing up the bridge will, "cost four times the budget of the SPring-8 Particle Accelerator." The SPring-8 actually exists at the Harima Science Garden City. Available to scientists around the world, it synchronizes radiation fields that have been applied to many fields of science.

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    Allusions (115)

    • SECTION-9: Ghost in the Shell (1995) There are a few references to the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell in this episode: - a short introduction is shown at the very beginning of the movie and series. - The series starts with two helicopters flying overhead past the Major, which is exactly how the movie opens. - The Minster of Foreign Affairs in this episode appears to be the same MOFA head from the movie. - The Major says that the dead NAIPA man's spinal column unit should have been, "made by the North American Neutron Company," which is the same company that Doctor Willis worked for in the movie.

    • Section 9 Tiltorotor: V-22 Osprey The plane that the Major and Batou jump down from towards the end of the episode, dubbed a Tiltorotor, is a descendant of the very Tiltorotor that the unit uses in the 1991 manga Ghost in the Shell by Shirō Masamune. In the manga, there are two blades on each rotor. Section 9's Osprey in the television series also has two blades per rotor. The aircraft makes its first appearance in the manga in Chapter 7 - "PHANTOM FUND".

    • Natural Oil Giving the Tachikomas natural oil is dealt with in the 1991 manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. In the manga, the mini-multipeds are called Fuchikomas.

    • Harima Research Academy: Harima Science Garden City Harima Research Academy actually exists. Named Harima Science Garden City, it is located in Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Kōbe, which is near New Port City (see the second note for episode 22 - "SCANDAL"). One of the experimental devices found at the research facility is the SPring-8 Particle Accelerator. Due to the need to fill lip movement, the English voice actress calls it the Harima Research Academy.

    • "Let's hope the old baboon comes through." Batou calling the Chief "the old baboon" (the Japanese seiyuu calls him "old ape") is the same way that the members of Section 9 speak of the Chief, in their own affectionate way, in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune. Batou is the first person to call Aramaki by that moniker in the manga chapter entitled "SUPER SPARTAN".

    • "I've got to at least give it a shot." The Major trying to open the multiped's driver's hatch is a direct reference to the infamous battle scene in the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell.

    • Brain Case: Ghost in the Shell As Ishikawa informs Aramaki about the Jeris while Aramaki is driven away from the Genesis Andross Building, a picture of a Jeri and a brain case is shown in Aramaki's cyberbrain along with the website for Genesis Andross. The screen with the brain case shows the logo for the North American Neutron Company (NaN NEUTRON). The North American Neutron Company, while also mentioned in "SECTION-9", was first mentioned in the 1995 Mamoru Oshii movie Ghost in the Shell.

    • Operator: "SUPER SPARTAN" This episode marks the introduction of the Operator to the series. The android is modeled directly from the Operator in chapter 2 - "SUPER SPARTAN" in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune.

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  • Fan Reviews (91)
  • WTF Was This Movie. This Movie Suck

    By RobertWatt, Mar 09, 2014

  • A very intelligent and intriguing anime show.

    By Zipitydoodah, Nov 11, 2010

  • If you're interested in science fiction with depth, this is one of the best animated shows you can watch.

    By rot-chan, Aug 12, 2011

  • One of the best anime shows you will ever see, this is without a doubt an all time classic.

    By drdan2410, Jan 28, 2009

  • I like this show its neat.

    By jo_21, Sep 19, 2008