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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 they’ll 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

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  • Actors: Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge
  • Writers: Dai Satô, Mary Claypool, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai, Yutaka Omatsu
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: 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: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Gong on November 15, 2006
I originally saw this series on the Cartoon Network Adult Swim segment back in 2005. Unlike most American cartoons this Ghost in the Shell (GITS) is geared towards a mature audience. It offers a good mix of police drama, philosophy and sci-fi all rolled into one.

The 26 episodes are divided into two categories Stand Alone and Complex. Stand Alone episodes are simply that, a self contained episode that is entertaining, but doesn't contribute much to the overall arcing storyline. These episodes can be skipped and you will still be able to follow the Laughing Man storyline. Complex episodes are part of the overall Laughing Man storyline; miss one episode and you miss some information.

GITS takes place in the year 2030; which is after the 4th World War, and revolves around Public Security Section 9, or simply Section 9. It is an elite anti-crime organization that specializes in cyber terrorism. The team is mostly comprised of cyborgs with the exception of one; Togusa who's only cyberization is a brain implant. Many of the initial episodes are Stand Alone, but eventually the main story arc begins to emerge when an unresolved six year old case called the Laughing Man case.

GITS is geared towards a mature audience because of the serious dialog. There are no "cute" talking animals like in other animes. However, to introduce a sense of innocence into an otherwise serious organization comprised of former military, Yakuza (organized crime), and police members are the Tachikomas. Tachikomas are lightly armored tanks with autonomous AI used by Section 9. When they speak they have the voice of small children which is in contrast to the more mature sounding adults.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2007
I stumbled on Stand Alone Complex completely by accident. I'd seen both previous films, and this new series caught me completely by surprise. With notable exceptions (Battlestar Galactica, Six Feet Under) this has more emotional and intellectual depth than almost any Western series you can think of. Every episode subtly and delicately raises important themes that are worth serious discussion and consideration.

But those themes won't be palatable to an audience if it isn't packaged in an eterntaining form - which this series is. It has everything - some great action sequences (the Terrorist takedown in the first episode), terrific character development (name any of them), and a standout kickass musical score. The score by Yoko Kanno deserves special mention, as it runs the gamut from 'cyberpunk techno'(sic?) to beautiful orchestral melodies. And the main themes for the series are serious attention-getters - one of the best I've ever heard.

All the characters are vividly drawn and beautifully realised. The DVD Boxset has both the original Japanese voices, as well as the English dub. It's fascinating to see the differences between Atsuko Tanaka and Mary McGlynn's rendition of the main character (Major Kusanagi). The Japanese voices emphasises the philosphical and intellectual issues being raised. While the western dub makes the characters more friendly and approachable. It lends a fascinating slant to the series.

The pace is much slower and more langurious than what action- or anime- fans are used to. As a casual viewer, that's just fine by me. It gives the viewer more time to digest the important concepts being raised, and also a chance to appreciate the tone and atmosphere of the amazing world that is being woven before our eyes.
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This has to be one of the best anime ever. It blends cop drama, believable future gadgets and nice political twists that is better presented than most other TV shows and movies. I think it is sad to know that most people will categorize this series as a children's cartoon and pass it up. For the lovers of the movies, this has a lot more to offer and the final episodes round up things very good. You'll have to see it for yourself, but you wont be disappointed to pick up this series. The only negative part that I can think of is that after this, you wont be satisfied with any other Sci-Fi movie or TV series accept for Battle star Galactica and the DC cartoons (Batman TAS, Superman, Justice league etc.). I won't be going into many details for the episodes, seeing that this is a very loved series and has been reviewed before on this site. This is your chance to buy the whole series in one box set and for a very low price. I have been waiting a long time for this box set and I am very glad to be able to buy it when it arrives. I implore you to do the same.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Marafie on January 10, 2008
This is a great series, like some other reviewers this anime touched me on an emotional, intellectual and philosophical level.

Unfortunately alot of the original character and depth of the series is lost in the english through the subtitles and dubbing.

Anyone who really wants to experience it as the makers intended should seek out the Laughing Man Fansub version available on the internet. This was released by a Japanese native speaker who is also fluent in english.

The fansubber captured far more than the official subs/dubs ever could, keeping the Japan specific euphamisms and metaphors intact explaining them with on screen text. LMF also overlays english over japanese text for signs and captions which goes a long way to helping continuity and understanding.

The official dubs and subs gloss over so much in an attempt to simplify things, which for a series with such an intellectual leaning is sad.
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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.

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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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