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The Smash First Season Anime Extravaganza in one complete set! Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful but deadly cyborg that is squad leader of Section 9-the Japanese government's clandestine unit assigned to battle terrorism and cyber warfare Surrounded by an expertly trained team, Motoko faces her ultimate challenge- the Laughing Man- a terrorist who orchestrated a kidnapping and extortion plot many years ago and has suddenly reappeared. In order to discover the identity of this enigmatic criminal, Motoko and Section 9 are drawn into a deadly labyrinth and theyll have to use all their expertise to survive This acclaimed anime series is from Production I.G (Kill Bill) and features the amazing music if Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Behop) with stories by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood, Jin-Roh) and Dai Soto (Eureka SeveN)
The 2002 broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's landmark film Ghost in the Shell (1995) takes place in a parallel world, where Major Motoko Kusanagi didn't vanish into The Net. Although its production values are lower, and director Kenji Kamiyama never matches Oshii's inspired camerawork, Stand Alone Complex does an impressive job of recreating the setting and characters. With the help of the other officers from Public Security Section 9, Kusanagi moves through a deadly city of mecha, cyborgs, humans, and human-prosthetic hybrids. Batou emerges as a more complex and compelling character in the TV series than he was in Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence: He engages the other characters, instead of endlessly quoting philosophers.
Politics and cyber-espionage collide in a somewhat tangled plot that centers on the pursuit of The Laughing Man, an über-hacker whose pseudonym is linked to J.D. Salinger's 1949 story of the same name. The master cyber-criminal leads Kusanagi and Batou into a web of murder and deceit involving bogus cures for "cyberbrain sclerosis" and corrupt government ministers. In the secondary story, the Tachikomas, crab-like robots used by Section 9, develop personalities and an awareness of their existence. The Tachikomas recognize some of the implications of their growing consciousness, but their childish voices--modeled after the performance of Japanese actress Akiko Tamagawa--sound odd discussing philosophical questions. Not surprisingly, the story ends with Kusanagi, Batou, et al. tackling a new case that leads into the 2nd Gig. (Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
This box is gorgeous and actualy is a box rather then the newer dvd sets. It's a great collecters item if you like the show.Published 4 months ago by Huntingstein
I cant say enough about how incredible this series is. The stand alone story lines are great but the over arching laughing man line is phenomenal.Published 5 months ago by Patrick
A franchise surviving nearly 20 years and continuing to produce great installments is saying something; very few series I can think of that's done that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wreckless
i chose this 5 star rating because, they are good series, and the graphics are very cool :). i can't wait to get my other series though, that goes with these ones. Read morePublished 23 months ago by christa wiswesser
This is the best franchise anime has to offer period the number one reason why so many Western countries cought on to the anime phenomenon!Published on August 4, 2013 by Cash A. Echevarria
I love this show sooo much!! Such a great buy and at a very agreeable price. This show is filled with action and suspense.Published on May 17, 2013 by Janezia Ketchel
Having all the episodes in one place is great, I have watched this series over a few times now and I'm not tiring of it.Published on January 11, 2013 by Joe Valverde
I got the 1st DVD of this set from my uncle a few years ago and have watched it over and over again. I finally got the full 1st Season from Gen Con and I LOVE IT!!! Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by adamsplanet
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|What's the difference between this and the Anime Legends version?||
This version lists a Run Time of 750 minutes with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The AL version lists a Run Time of 650 minutes with a 1.33:1 Aspect Ration. But I cannot find any information on why they differ by 100 minutes. I'm also skeptical that their aspect ratios are different.
Does anyone know if... Read More
May 21, 2010 by Snake Eyes | See all 8 posts
|Is This season one, or both seasons||
I preordered this Boxed Set on October 26th and it was delivered on Nov. 1st. I am both delighted and disappointed. This is literally a "Boxed Set." That is when I opened this box I discovered 7 individually wrapped copies of the 7 volumes of Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex. ... Read More
Nov 5, 2006 by Kyle Swafford | See all 7 posts
|Subtitles or dubbed?||
Steven---Mine was dubbed with the original "voice actors" that you see on the tube. I believe they are the originals on the movies too, but don't quote me. I'll have to check and that may take awhile.
Sep 24, 2008 by B. A. Dilger | See all 4 posts
1.33:1 is 4:3, which is fullscreen, so I'm assuming these are. They're probably letterboxed though, and you just have to adjust the zoom levels on your TV. The first season of House was that way.
Jan 2, 2008 by S. Barnard | See all 4 posts
|DTS or Dolby Digital||
Dolby. The special editions are the only discs with DTS soundtracks.
May 30, 2010 by J. Colorez | See all 2 posts
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