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Ghost in the Shell: Anime Legends 2nd Gig (2010)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EBRF7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More "concrete" than Series One January 23, 2010
In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series one, the primary villains of the series act through proxies and never really reveal themselves.

In season two, we are introduced to a real villain, a product of future Japan's equivalent of the CIA.

Much as in series one, series two involves a shadow war between the good guys (represented by Section 9) and the bad guys (who also have their own place in the government of Japan).

I would say that the main difference between the two series is that series two is less focused on flashy technology (highly advanced technology is a big mover in the plot) and more on John le Carré type shadow warfare between the powerful Section 9 and their adversaries who may be even more powerful in their mastery of the future's complicated technology.

Anyway, I certainly recommend this series to fans of the Ghost in the Shell universe, and too people who like their spy stories with a healthy dose of grimness.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic September 24, 2009
As one of the premier Manga series internationally, Ghost In the Shell aka S.A.C., has introduced North American animation fans to a dangerous view of the future.

While S.A.C. occurred in the `near' future, 2nd Gig, and the annotated film, Individual Eleven takes place in 2032. Prior to the dissolution of Section 9, and the resignation of Major Kusangi, the world experienced two `world' word from 2000-2015, and 2015 to 2024. The use of nuclear weapons marked the end of WWIII, and the consequent threat by the American Empire to do so again had kept the global forces in Japan at bay. As Section 9 winds down, a new threat rises. The increase in independent states and sovereign regions that grew from the chaos of the last 30 years has led to a divided planet with major questions on sovereignty and administrative jurisdiction.

As the director said in an interview, "In other words, we simply couldn't ignore the way society had evolved since the events of 9-11 That was the approach we decided to take, and I tried to illustrate a 21st century (near-future) war. But to tell you the truth, I couldn't avoid feeding back into modern reality." Given the war torn climate in Section 9 and the circumstances the Japanese people find themselves in a complex discussion of the reactions and actions of both the military and militants was the only possible scenario for the series.

The complexity of the 26 episodes, 2nd season, is simplified in the motion picture, "Individual Eleven". While the original episodes contain a more dynamic, more in-depth plot flow than the 160 minute film, the full 700 minute presentation is equally spectacular. With such a complex storyline, the editing and directoral decisions required for the short version must have been hellish.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great set January 29, 2010
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This was an outstanding buy for the money. Disks came in a very ingenious box that helps save space on my DVD rack. Fitting 7 DVDs in a double-size DVD case is great. The quality of the set is just top notch. Crisp video and audio. This was an awesome addition to the original SAC set. Another great deal from Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite probably the best anime series EVER September 16, 2011
Usually when something is called an anime `legend' it's a marketing tool to try and shift some old discs but in the case of Ghost in the Shell, 2nd gig, the honorific holds up and is on what is probably the best anime to ever come out of Japan.

Set in a Japan about 30 years in the future, it is a world where most of the people have some level of cybernetic enhancements, anything from an inbuilt cell phone to just a human brain resting in a fully mechanical body. The lead characters are members of the special antiterrorist force known as "Section 9." Who have to deal with various issues.

As the plot unfolds there is an upswing in Japan of violence against `refugees' immigrants fleeing poverty else where and a responding level of militancy among the refugees. Beyond the normal issues being dealt with section 9 starts to suspect that both sides are being manipulated and that passions are being stirred up to create a political upheaval that can be exploited by politicos. They have to find out if this is true and if so, how to stop it before Japan sinks into a civil war.

The writing and level of animation in this series are incomparable. The series was written with a set story arc and does not have the feeling of "we need an extra half hour here." Indeed although there are some episodes that seem like filler or something to distract from the overall theme so it doesn't feel forced, by the very end the careful viewer will realize there was NO wasted space, none- and the throw away line in episode 7, just to grab a number, suddenly become relevant to the whole plot. It is that tightly written. A political thriller with plenty of action and like all good science fiction, it makes you think about issues in the real world while watching someone else do it in their futuristic world. On all counts this is the best anime I have ever enjoyed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 4, 2010
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I paid $15 bucks for these 7 discs and it was definately worth it. The discs were new. Also on a side note, my friend swears by using his hairy arm to clean dvds. I use water and cloth.
Anyway I was very pleased with the plot and I really liked the series better than the first because there were less stand alone episodes and more linked story progression episodes. Also the animation quality was amazing! and more interesting and detailed animation. I don't know how long it took to make this series but it was a hell of an effort. Also props to the director who wanted it to have the feel of a real live action. It really makes it feel real. I do reccomend watching the first season's "complex" episodes before this series to get the feel for the characters.
I can't really compare this to other anime series, but it is on par with the x-files or investigative type shows. It is completely original though in it's setting and style which is futuristic sci-fi/detective group and has a lot of background thinking for you to do. The action is intense and the voice acting great. If your looking for a solid sci-fi series check it out. I would recommend this for adults or teenagers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh, the 1st Gig is much better.
I loved the 1st series, but several episodes in, the art changes and it's really not as good.
Published 12 days ago by Fumtu
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite animes of all time
This is one of my favorite animes of all time... this one, the second season, is very good but I would highly recommend watching the first season before this one, some things just... Read more
Published 18 days ago by acejavelin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I'm pleased
Published 18 days ago by daniel m. f. vieira
4.0 out of 5 stars ... hard to understand whats going on but its a good series
for me the story is kind of hard to understand whats going on but its a good series
Published 1 month ago by David McMorrow
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, but if you LOVE "Ghost in the Shell", add a star.
I absolutely loved the story, animation, and ideas in the first series of Ghost in the Shell. This second series? Not so much. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PHIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Season
Good Plot with this underlying theme on the refugees. Seems to have a bit more sexual content. Nothing too risque, just more noticeable than the first season.
Published 4 months ago by L. H. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST WONDERFUL
Watch the series, both of them, do not just watch the 2 movies they put out. It gives the viewer the overall "main gist" of what the writers wanted you to see, but the T.V. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jason Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The art work is stunning, the story compelling, and the world that's created soaks you in. A great action/drama combination.
Published 5 months ago by m&m
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to watch
This series is not as good as the first, but still a lot of great stories and lots of content to watch.
Published 7 months ago by John R. Durish
5.0 out of 5 stars The Major is Major again
Wow! The last 8 episodes of this show were so suspenseful! I don't want to spoil the experience for anybody so you are just going to have to watch it for yourself. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rory Fry
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What is the difference between this and the normal collection?
The discs are the same as the old sets and you get the same transfers and the same special features. This set has packaging that doesn't take up as much space on the shelf. However, it is much easier to accidentally damage the discs with this set because of the way it's packaged.
Apr 28, 2010 by John Smith |  See all 2 posts
Ghost in the Shell: Anime Legends 2nd Gig
You've probably gotten an answer for this already, Angela, but your question got me wondering so I checked my copy. This has the original English voice actors from the show. Sounds like the original recordings to me.
Feb 22, 2010 by Rich Stoehr |  See all 2 posts
fyi - editorial review is wrong Be the first to reply
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