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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 6 (Episodes 21-23) (2004)

Dino Andrade , Kevin Brief  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge, Barbara Goodson, Michael Gregory
  • Writers: Dai Satô, Mary Claypool, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai, Yutaka Omatsu
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFXQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 6 (Episodes 21-23)" on IMDb

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As the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell nears the conclusion of its first season, the filmmakers begin drawing together the tangled strands of the plot. Major Kusanagi, Batou, Chief Aramaki, and the staff of Public Security Section 9 begin to discover the links between the Laughing Man and the scandal surrounding cures for "cyberbrain sclerosis." They also learn the trail of murders and corruption reaches higher than they imagined: leading members of the ruling party of the Japan are implicated. The Laughing Man finally appears and reveals that he's a more adept hacker than anyone expected, and that his choice of a pseudonym from J.D. Salinger was anything but casual. After some wrong turns and blind alleys the filmmakers finally hit their stride and recapture some of the menace and excitement of the original feature. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Volume six of the all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell . Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds. Each DVD volume contains 4 exciting 30-minute episodes plus extras

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Special Edition September 26, 2006
Format:DVD
would rate the show as 5 stars, this is a review of the extras and features of the Special Edition issue.

I recently bought all the Special Edition releases of "Stand Alone Complex" after trying to research what I was going to get as extras not included in the regular edition. I found the listings on Amazon's product details to be a little confusing and incomplete on some of the volumes so I decided to write this guide for others trying to decide. I'm not going to review the "Ghost in the Shell" episodes or the series in general because there are so many excellent reviews already on this site, and most of you probably know about this great anime TV series already. There are various other reviews that say that some of the DVD's and CD's have errors on them and Bandai will replace them with corrected discs if you send them in for exchange. I have not ran into problems yet, although I haven't gone through the whole series either. And I will also state that I love the TV series as well as both movies, but I would recommend the Imported Region 2 version of GITS2:Innocence if you have a region free DVD player. Dreamworks really messed up that release omiting the English dub and putting Hard of Hearing subtitles instead of regular ones on the early issues of that movie. Most people find them very distracting and annoying.

First off the discs themselves, you get two DVD discs in each volume with the same episodes on both discs. Volumes 1-5 have 4 episodes each, 6 and 7 have 3 episodes each making 26 episodes total in the series. Both discs are Anamorphic wide screen encoded directly from the High-Definition Masters. Both Discs also have English subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What You Can't See Will Hurt You July 11, 2005
Format:DVD
With this DVD, Stand Alone Complex returns completely to the story arc at its core - the Laughing Man. With Togusa out of commission, the rest of section 9 focuses on finding the real culprits behind the attack on the Sunflower Society - The Ministry of Health. All three of the episodes here chip away at the truth but we will find little satisfaction in knowing the names. No sooner is a witness discovered, but he is killed, and the trail of corruption leads to the highest levels of government.

This is the classic paranoid plot. More than one player makes the mistake of believing that there is some honor among thieves and faces elimination. The Ministry of Health is ruthless and heavily armed (as Major Kusanagi discovers), assassins lurk everywhere, and even Aramaki falls afoul of a plot. Gradually the entire ugly story of the intentional suppression of a treatment for cyberbrain sclerosis for a technology that is ineffective but makes a fortune for the politicians behind the scenes.

This is a dark story. Without the actions of the Laughing Man no one would know that hundreds are due to die in agony to line the pockets of a political movement that will stop at nothing to increase its power, With no evidence Section 9 seems condemned to making desperate attempts to find a witness who will stay alive long enough to testify. And without that witness their hands are tied.

Unlike the earlier Laughing Man episodes, the story has remained coherent from the moment that Togusa finds the paper report. Despite an intricate plot, the level of action stays high and there are a few real surprises for the viewer - it's not just the enemy who can be sneaky. With three more episodes to go, there's a lot of room for even more plot twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where the line between humans and machines is blurred November 26, 2005
Format:DVD
I'll admit to you that I love to watch Adult Swim, and I'll also admit that I like certain types of anime. No, I'm not one of those nerdy card-trading Poke'mon lovers, I'm a young adult who likes to use my imagination in my down time. I like anime that's made for adults like: Big O!, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Tenchi and Ghost in the shell.

I was watching either watching Family Guy or Aqua Teen Hunger Force when I saw previews for this show start to air on Adult Swim, I thought thought it looked cool, it featured what looked to me like a cool futuristic take on robots and the humans that are seamlessly integrated with cybornetics to make them almost immortal, But I didn't know the half of it.

What I got was a cyber-punk version of the old black-and-white film noir mysteries. The series receives its subtitle from a theoretical mental complex attributed to the adaptation of cybernetics into the mass public. In the story, 'stand alone complex' is said to describe copies with no original and is portrayed by copycat crimes with no original criminal, or in other words, an imaginary criminal. It also refers to the structure of each episode: Each episode can be viewed independently of each other, and there is little catch-up (if at all) given in each episode to keep the viewer up to date.

Taking place in a fictional city of Japan called "Niihama-shi" (New Port City) in the year 2030, Stand Alone Complex tells the story of a special operations task-force called Public Security Section 9, or simply "Section 9". The series follows the exploits of Section 9's agents who range from ex-military to ex-police as they address each case and how it affects them on a personal level, eventually leading to the mysterious figure dubbed by the media as "The Laughing Man".
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5.0 out of 5 stars great series quality
Volume 6 in a classic anime sci fi series is in perfect shape. The price alone suggests it's used. Thanks so much, and I'll order the 2nd gig series, too, and use your company... Read more
Published on March 19, 2010 by Tony Kolodziej
5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect!
This is what you would expect from the team that makes this awsome film and series! Visuals are as always, Top notch in the anime world, with thought provoking story lines, that... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Tom E. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb series, so-so American DVDs
I've heard a lot of complaints about the storyline, and a lot of complaints about how the DVDs are sold and the number of episodes...

The story is very complex, it is. Read more
Published on November 25, 2005 by John Pfeiffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Anime, Over the Top Prices
This is definitely the best new anime series on the shelves. The storyline is great, but this should have been the last DVD. Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by B. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this now. NOW!
Although past volumes in the GITS:SAC series have brought together loose ends to form a beautiful and cohesive whole, volume 6 frays those ties and sets the stage for a possibly... Read more
Published on July 29, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm 3/4ths the DVD I used to be.... sing it, baby!
I've been wondering how a 26-episode series could be completed with 4-episode installments.

Now, in retrospect, it all seems sadly obvious. Read more
Published on May 18, 2005 by Too Right
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