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Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. - 2nd Gig (Complete Collection) (2007)

Atsuko Tanaka , Osamu Saka , Kenji Kamiyama  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Masamune Shirow, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai
  • Producers: Norihisa Oki
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. - 2nd Gig (Complete Collection)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Major Kusanagi and the rest of Public Security Section 9 hit the ground running as the second season of Stand Alone Complex (2004) begins: Their new adventure centers on a complex mystery even more dangerous than the case of the Laughing Man. Terrorist incidents linked to the mistreatment of Asian refugees after World War IV threaten to ignite a powder keg in Japan. Kusanagi, Batou, and even Chief Aramaki chafe when they're drafted to protect Prime Minister Kayabuki from would-be assassins. But the threats to the government are linked to the Individual Eleven, a cell that recalls the May 15th Incident. (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.) The members of the Individual Eleven--except for Hideo Kuze, their charismatic leader--commit mass suicide in a bloody spectacle that recalls the theatrical death in 1970 of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. Kuze's campaign to win political freedom for the refugees grows increasingly violent, involving suicide bombers, Russian mobsters selling stolen plutonium, and strained relations between Japan and an Imperial America that is trying to reassert its military dominance in the face of economic weakness. And what role does the devious, hideously scarred intelligence officer Kazundo Gohda play in these actions? The Tachikoma robots speculate that as they are abandoning collective consciousness and developing individuality, a dependence on the Net is leading humans in the opposite direction. That trend makes people more vulnerable to cyber-viruses involved in the plot--unless Section 9 acts in time. Most of the adventures take place in bleak, gray and brown settings, which contrast effectively with the bright, colorful cyberworld the Major and the Tachikomas visit. S.A.C.--2nd Gig continues the tight plotting, dynamic action sequences, and interesting character relationships that made the series a hit. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow and directed by Kenji Kamiyama GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX takes viewers to a futuristic society where technology has saturated citizens' daily lives. Along with the new technology comes new types of crime that exploit it but female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team of police Section 9 devote their lives to chasing criminals both on land and in cyberspace. In this complete collection of episodes from the epic show's second season (also known as 2nd Gig) Major Motoko Husanagi and Section 9 continue to battle terrorists in the actual world and in cyberspace. This season gives a new spin to Masamune Shirow's popular concept by combining the talents of directors Mamoru Oshii and Kenji Kamiyama and the animators at Japanese studio Production I.G.System Requirements:Length: 360 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ANIME Rating: PG-13 UPC: 669198252679 Manufacturer No: 25267

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Alone as a Great June 18, 2008
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Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig is a great anime series and a great television show period.

Although I personally enjoyed the first season's classic detective yarn slightly more, the monologues were heavy and the action sparse. SAC 2nd Gig ups the action this time around as it is more of an espionage and political intrigue story, although the elements of mystery litter throughout. This should please fans who were iffy about the films and the talkiness of the first season.

The Box is a heavy duty casing with magnetic latching flap. Whereas the first season box set was wrapped in a flimsy disposable wraparound, 2nd Gig gets it right for the truly serious collectors.

Rarely does a television show captivate me as much as this one. With the exception of the new Battle Star Galactica, I can't think of any other series which has blown my mind and entertained me at the same time as much as this one. If you like cop drama with a hint of sophistication and a bit of action, then this series is for you.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically Perfect May 15, 2008
When I first saw the "Ghost in the Shell" film back in the nineties, I was not impressed. I simply did not get why the film was so lauded, as I found it boring and the characters unappealing. What a change 10 years and a different format can make (not to say that Stand Alone Complex is a mere rehash of the movie). I am now a "Ghost in the Shell" fanatic, and the 2nd Gig is the best thing to come out of the franchise.

After the success of the first season of the GitS TV series, a second season was commissioned, and this stellar series is the result. The first season laid all of the groundwork (beautiful animation, a complex plot, a fascinating near-future world, and characters you really felt for), and the 2nd Gig takes everything to the next level. The already solid production values have been improved upon, and the slick animation and detailed designs give the impression of a feature film. This is especially noticable in the wide shots and the action sequences (which are thankfully more frequent and more visceral).

All of the members of Section 9 are back (including the Tachikomas!), and despite their gruff exteriors they really grow on you. You can feel the comraderrie between Major Matoko Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa, and the rest, and you find yourself really investing in these people's lives. This time around, the story begins with a group calling itself the Individual Eleven taking over the Chinese embassy in Japan. Yet there's something bigger afoot, and by the end of the series the political intrigue and terrorist actions have convincingly and seemlessly escalated to a point where war in emminent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of GitS 2nd GIG August 16, 2008
This is an excellent series. It gets more to the point faster than the first season, though the first season is by no means bad. 2nd GIG kept me engaged and wondering what was going to happen next. Its by no means a thriller Anime, but its in depth story plot and the many twist and turns are what kept me engaged. For an Anime its storyline was superb. I am an ardent 'hater' of Anime, but Ghost in The Shell Anime series is an exception. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves good story plot lines and good plot twists.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series August 12, 2008
In GitS SAC, there are two episodes which I thought to be the best (of both seasons); these were Affection and Poker Face. Both of the episodes give a (rare) peek into the past of Motoko.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ghost in the shell the complete second collection September 15, 2013
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i chose this 5 star rating, because i was going to get this for my birthday, but i decided to buy this right now, because i need it for my other collection anyway lol. i recommend getting these series, because it goes good with any japanese animated movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of anime classics! August 4, 2013
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!!! May 17, 2013
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I coonsider this show to any anime, action, suspense, and a little romance lover out there. This show is fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story will suck you in. December 30, 2012
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The second season gets a little more intense in regards to action. The storyline will still draw you in if you're a GITS fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
For a Major fan, of the show : ) This is a great " must have " in your collection. The description was spot on. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kandisse
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
This animated series puts most live action drama films & TV series to shame. The animation is excellent; the stories are even better. Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by Jason Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good though not as good as 1st season
Loved SAC the 1st season. Felt that the 2nd GIG didn't quite hold up though it's still pretty good.
Published on February 21, 2009 by D. Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
In my opinion, 2nd GIG is not as good as Stand Alone Complex, and it can be a little more complex, but anyone who enjoyed Stand Alone Complex owes it to themselves to see 2nd GIG,... Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by T. Walton
4.0 out of 5 stars Second gig comes in a close second
2nd gig of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a good continuation of where the first collection left off. Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by M. Harney
5.0 out of 5 stars adult cartoon
if you are over 18 this is something you should watch! even if you cant buy it you should watch a few episodes its worth it!
Published on October 16, 2008 by Brian Holme
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic.
The box arrived in mint condition - I was so happy to see the individually wrapped dvds cases. I was a little worried that I would be missing outon the case art. Read more
Published on September 17, 2008 by J. Yuen
5.0 out of 5 stars No DTS audio
If you're looking for a discussion about the content, please look elsewhere. I greatly enjoyed this series and the first S.A.C. series, much more so than the first movie. Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Hao Ye
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I have it right now in front of me as I'm typing. It's limited because it is a 3 disc release with a nice collector's metal tin casing. If you've seen the "Appleseed" Limited Edition casing, it practically has the same construction. The DVD casing is very sturdy and has a bit of weight... Read More
Jul 3, 2007 by strawberrysunday |  See all 6 posts
Who is the Puppeteer? (Potential Spoilers)
In the "Solid State Society" two clues are given as to the identity of the Puppeteer. One which is assumed and 'disproven' by section 9 agents. The other clue is more obscure and appears near the end when the Major is linked with a previously assumed Puppeteer. Batou's later observation... Read More
Sep 7, 2008 by B. A. Dilger |  See all 2 posts
Why 3 disks?
One is The Movie,One is Special Features and One is the Soundtrack.
Sep 7, 2008 by Jason Williams |  See all 2 posts
Japanese Language?
The discs in this set are identical to the individual volumes. That is, Amazon is wrong about there not being Japanese audio with English subtitles.

This confirms Amazon's error:

"Spoken... Read More
Apr 7, 2008 by C. Parent |  See all 2 posts
Movie langage
Yes, it is definitely dubbed in english audio (I'm extremely grateful and happy about this). There are two different releases, a normal single disk and a limited edition packaging (2 DVDs and 1 CD)
Jul 3, 2007 by strawberrysunday |  See all 2 posts
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