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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 02 (Episodes 5-8) (2004)

Yuji Aoki , Katsumi Ch˘ , Kenji Kamiyama  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Yuji Aoki, Katsumi Ch˘, Ryuichi Horibe, Hiroshi Ito (II), Sukekiyo Kameyama
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKU7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 02 (Episodes 5-8)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with Takayuki Goto and Tetsuya Nishio (Character Designers)

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As the second season of Stand Alone Complex continues, the filmmakers keep the suspense running high. Numerous subplots arise that appear to be linked, as they were in the case of the Laughing Man in the first season. Kusanagi, Batou, and even Chief Arakami chafe when they're drafted to protect the Prime Minister from would-be assassins. Behind these threats and other incidents lies the Individual Eleven, a cell that may parallel the May 15th Incident, an event well known to Japanese audiences but unfamiliar to Americans. (On May 15, 1932, a group of junior naval officers and army cadets assassinated Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, ensuring that power would remain in the hands of the militarists.) But the devious and hideously scarred intelligence officer Kazundo Gohda may be the puppet-master behind actions of the Individual Eleven--and many others. Stand Alone Complex--2nd Gig continues the tight plotting, dynamic action sequences, and appealing character relationships that made the series a hit. The story points concerning the status of an impoverished refugee population give the show a depressing contemporary feel. The extras include a two-part interview with character designers Takayuki Goto and Tetsuya Nishio. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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On her first visit to one of the refugee areas, the Prime Minister receives a bouquet of flowers, and in it is a death threat. Section 9 is called in to provide round-the-clock security for her as they work to catch the would-be assassin. As they do the

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GIG continues... September 21, 2005
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Now that Section 9 is up and running again, their skill can be put to good use. Crisis is growing in Japan as whispers of war and need for independence rise out of the refugees, after the Refugees Special Treatment Act is repealed. While at the same time it seems members of the special self-defense force have their own plans. And what roll does the Individual 11 play in the whole scheme...

This DVD set includes the following:

2 Discs:
Disc 1 - 4 episodes in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English and Japanese)
Disc 2 - 4 episodes in DTS (English and Japanese)

Episodes:
1. Inductance
2. Excavation
3. Pu239
4. Fake Food

Extras:
Ghost in the Shell Mouse pad and Playing Cards

Upcoming Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Official Log 1 - scheduled release date 10/25/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG Vol. 3 - scheduled release date 1/26/06

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars package problem fixed. November 22, 2005
Format:DVD
I received volume 02 today and there is a little foam insert that keeps the disk from falling off of the spindle. This should solve the issue of the disk being scratched during shipping. Thanks to the people who corrected this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation December 30, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a great continuation of Section 9's resurrection following their seeming demise at the end of the first season.

The story arc this time introduces more governmental (insider/political) themes that make you question who is ultimately pulling the strings.

For this second season the Animation director (or one of them) shifted position to character designer and shared that function with the character designer for the second movie. There are interviews of both of these on the second DVD. My impression of the results of this is that the new character models are both more "realistic" or detailed, while some have a little more of an anime design to them. It amounts to more variety which can sometimes be a little awkward in my opinion.

Contrary to what was stated in the "lousy" review here, the SAC: 2nd Gig team did not have much cross-over with the Ghost in the Shell: Innocence movie team so you can't say that they lacked resources. A serial TV series is not going to come out favorable to a 2hour movie production.

The nitty gritty:

If you liked the first season, you will love 2nd Gig, the plotlines are getting more intricate and each episode ends with either a small revelation to the whole arc or a cliff-hanger. This makes it difficult to watch these discs in spurts.

I did not find the background artwork noticably worse than the first season, it is darker, however, but this enhances the new storyline. This storyline with the refugees and political manipulation of covert government agencies mirrors our own time more and the background art seems appropriate for this. This continuation is a little less Sci-Fi and a little more mystery-oriented. I find the background art to actually be more detailed and varied than in the first season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last... December 8, 2005
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I can't tell you how relieved I was to get my package from the Royal Mail this afternoon and NOT hear any discs rattling around inside the box. The disc securing is now working and there's a good chance you'll get an intact product. The box includes the metal cased DVDs, a mouse mat and a pack of GITS themed playing cards. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Section 9 getting jerked around..by whom and why? December 8, 2005
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so far the series has started with what seems like unrelated incidents, just as Section 9 has beenr eformed and back in the field. BUT, after some closer investigating there's one tread that keeps reappearing, the mysterious group known only as the Individual Eleven...this group is apparently following in the footsteps of the group of Japanese military officers who attempted a coup d'etat around 1936-37. When these 11 conspirators went put on trial, their testimony invoked a strong sense of nationalism which led to peple across japan actually agreeing with their actions. And as a gesture that would only happen in Japan, 11 people chose to cut off their pinky finger and sent the fingers to the Prime Minister(the same PM whose job and life were threatened!), and the 11 conspirators were spared execution and viewed heros.

That's the quick and easy version LOL, and in this dvd volume you will se how the Individual 11 start to piece together some kind of massive scheme to change history. And Section 9 will be up to their necks trying to piece everthing together. Ths rivals the suspense I use to see on the X-Files.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor package design September 27, 2005
By Gmanic
Format:DVD
You'll find that the outer of the two DVD's will come loose in shipping many times. As both discs rest on the same spindle, the outer one will often come loose and bounce around in the packaging as it's shipped resulting in a scratched DVD.

I just hope this one doesn't promise extras on the package that aren't actually on the DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LACKIES FOR HIRE May 3, 2006
By Sesho
Format:DVD
Section 9 is used to being a covert offensive agency, but it seems more and more like they are the lackies of another intelligence service run by the hideously malformed Kazundo Gohda. He's turned them into errand boys and one luciously figured errand girl. When the new Prime Minister receives a death threat connected to the "Individual Eleven" terrorists who want more rights for the refugees in the city slums, Section 9 are called on as a protection squad. Togusa strikes out on his own to follow a hunch about a murdered worker that will lead him into the bombed out ruins of old Tokyo to a government secret involving long forgotten nuclear weapons, which will eventually bring in the rest of his comrades. All the while, the team is looking for any way to track down any of the Eleven, but it seems like forces in the government and military are trying to put a short leash on their investigation.

2nd Gig continues a much darker and less episodic storyline than the first season. Instead of being stand-alone episodes, these four installments help to build up a pretty epic plot which documents a conspiracy which seems to have Section 9 as one of its targets, while using urban unrest to further its secret aims. The awesome animation combined with even more realistic character designs than last season give GITS a filmic or live television feel that is at times humbling. There is a lot of character development, especially in an exchange between Togusa and Batou in which it is revealed that cyborgs can't even eat the same foods as humans anymore, which leads to a subtle discussion of what you lose when you modify your body. The only complaint I have about the show so far is that too much is happening at one time. This show will demand a second viewing when its run ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great volume
another great series of episodes, i def recommend the series to any fan of anime, and they are all priced very well
Published 18 months ago by John W. Keitt
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Gig, Off and Running
After a great start, this second volume of the second season hits the ground running. If you have seen the first season, you will not be dissapointed here. Read more
Published 23 months ago by presto
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars the question should be who do you think you are?
this is a great series, its very intense and the story line is great. People complain about the long complicated parts and if you don't like that kinda stuff this isn't the show... Read more
Published on February 6, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better but there's still room for improvement...
I like this installment better than either 2nd GIG Vol.1 or the last installment of the first season. Read more
Published on January 4, 2006 by Too Right
4.0 out of 5 stars its good but slow
the fast pace of the first Second gig dvd has sorta hit a wall with these 4 episodes, while there a must to see to know whats going on in the story... Read more
Published on January 1, 2006 by Kathy Foss
2.0 out of 5 stars Lousy follow-up
This is pitiful. How do you maximize profit? Easy, minimize quality on every level and capitalize on the brand name. Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by J. O. Booker
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