Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Cartoon Network (ended 2007)





Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Fan Reviews (91)

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  • One of the most enthralling anime one might ever encounter.

    This show is among the most compelling of all anime. Its popularity is completely justified and it deserves the status of classic. Although the plot is complex, it is all very logical and extremely interesting for a wide range of viewers because it covers issues in economics, politics, psychology, sociology, history, technology of various kinds as well as a real human story. Not only are the personalities complicated, but they are sympathetic in many cases. Major Kusanagi is portrayed as strong and tough, yet she has softer feelings hidden deeper which surface in such cases as her encounter with the rebel Kuze. Batou also has a softer side, showing that full-cyborgs can be human as well. The action is extremely compelling, not only because it is so fast and vivid but because it involves such complicated futuristic weapons and scenarios. The visual art is also well-done, with a mix of CG and traditional. It is able to depict any scene with the utmost detail, including those of cyberspace. The music by Yoko Kanno also compliments the plot and the art nicely. In all this is a very well executed adaptation of a masterpiece manga.
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