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

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FEMALE CYBORG MAJOR MOTOKO KUSANAGI & HER FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS OF SECTION 9 HUNT DOWN A HOST OF CRIMINALS IN BOTH THE REAL & ONLINE WORLDS.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Yuji Aoki, Katsumi Chô, Ryuichi Horibe, Hiroshi Ito (II), Sukekiyo Kameyama
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 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: #237,702 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

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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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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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By P. White on 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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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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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. If you want the whole story, keep with the individual volumes, and not the edited down "Individual Eleven" movie. The whole overarching theme is more rewarding with the whole story.
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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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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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