Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2 Seasons 2006

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Season 2
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23. Martial Law TV-NR CC

Prime Minister Kayabuki meets with her cabinet to discuss the Fukuoka nuclear bomb incident, but the cabinet has already decided to deploy the army to retrieve the remaining plutonium supposedly hidden on Dejima Island.

Starring:
Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade
Runtime:
26 minutes
Original air date:
May 7, 2006

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Season 2

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JR on December 25, 2009
I saw about half of this series when it was available instantly from Netflix. It is just as good as the first season and continues to develop the characters in the series. I would love to purchase the entire season here, but sadly it is missing an episode. I imagine if the missing episode was available I could purchase the entire season at a discount to the 1.99 per episode price.
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Ghost in the Shell has always been one of my favorite anime series, but the television version has had more to live up to since multiple episodes usually mean less time on the creative side. Inevitably, fans will notice that the hand-drawn/CGI animation mix is not quite as crisp as the movies but the dramatic elements more than make up for it.

The first season of the show had as its protagonist the "Laughing Man," a viable storyline that ended with a whimper instead of a bang. It was like a wrap-up show that forgot to wrap anything up and was disappointing after the two-part Umibozu storyline, which I didn't quite cotton to but liked the exciting action of.

For the second season, we have Goda and the Cabinet Intelligence Service trying to stop Kuze and the rebellious refugees, with Section 9 caught in the middle. Goda seems intent on starting a war and is willing to up the ante with nuclear weapons, while Kuze is willing to use terrorism on a grand scale to achieve his goals.

The final handful of episodes is what cemented my love for the series. Taut action, intense suspense, exciting action and political intrigue on a scale that has to be seen to be believed, but is made wholly believable (trust me, political intrigue is one area science fiction often fails at, such as with "Avatar" and "Starship Troopers").

Unlike Season 1 where it seemed like the stand-alone episodes like "Testation" and "Not Equal" stood out more than the Laughing Man ones, almost all of 2nd Gig works brilliantly. And, impossible as it may seem, episodes 19-26 manage to top each other through "Endless Gig."

If there's any drawback, it's that the series still fails to flesh out all of the characters.
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Hulu, Netflix, Youtube? This is Amazon's competing video stream.
I bought my favorite episode of this show for free because of the $2
free voucher amazon was giving. Now I can keep my favorite episode for
life. I have no complaints. It's pretty awesome and of the same video
quality you'll find in Netflix and Hulu
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By STREETSERAPH on March 4, 2014
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One of the most interesting futuristic concepts. The technology displayed dosent seem far fetched. We may even see most of it in our life time.. But the plot is what makes it top notch.
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