Ghost in the Shell SAC Complete 1st Season Collection Box Set
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is completely different in that aspect. It does have top notch animation, music, and voice actors, but it also has amazing plot lines and themes. You can watch this anime over and over just like a good movie.
I would highly recommend this anime if your a fan of action/drama.
Side Note: After watching this and also watching The Matrix (the movie) it's a wonder how the Wachowski bros got away with taking so many stylistic stuff as well as other things from this. Granted, this anime borrows some things from classic movies like Taxi Driver.
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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 13 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 14 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 on October 2, 2013 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 on September 15, 2013 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
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