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Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2 Seasons 2005

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 8.6/10

Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful but deadly cyborg that is the squad leader of Section 9. Surrounded by an expertly trained team, Motoko faces her ultimate challenge - the Laughing Man - a terrorist who orchestrated a kidnapping and extortion plot many years ago and has suddenly reappeared.

Starring:
Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal

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1. Section 09

Major Kusanagi and Section 9 are called in to resolve a hostage crisis at a Geisha house staffed by an android Geisha.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 7, 2004
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2. Testation

A heavy-assault multiped tank runs amok under the control of an unknown hijacker.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 14, 2004
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3. Android and I

A series of android suicides prompts Section 9 to investigate the manufacturer.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 21, 2004
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4. Intercepter

An old friend of Togusa's named Yamaguchi is murdered after sending him pictures concerning an unsolved case involving a hacker known as The Laughing Man.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 28, 2004
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5. Decoy

Section 9 suspects that the police investigators handling the Laughing Man case are using their primary suspect, a former Serano Genomics, Inc. programmer with a shady anti-corporate past as a decoy to hide some form of higher-level corruption.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 5, 2004
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6. Meme

Things go fairly haywire as Kusanagi suspects that The Laughing Man has inserted a virus into the police units guarding the Superintendent General.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 12, 2004
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7. Idolater

It has come to the attention of the Minister of Home Affairs that Jenoma revolutionary leader Marcelo Jarti has been visiting Japan regularly every five months.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 19, 2004
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8. Missing Hearts

Kurutan, a friend of Kusanagi's, calls the Major to the hospital where she works to look into the source of a young girl's heart transplant.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 2, 2005
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9. Chat! Chat! Chat!

Kusanagi enters a chat room dedicated to The Laughing Man. Various crackpot (and a few plausible) theories are passed around JFK-style as the chat room members view various bits of evidence from The Laughing Man case.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 9, 2005
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10. Jungle Cruise

Marco Amereti, a former American Imperial Navy Petty Officer turned serial killer, has arrived in Japan and for the last two months has murdered several women by slicing the skin off their torsos in the form of a t-shirt.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 16, 2005
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11. Portraitz

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has been hacked into and classified material from their database has been stolen.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 23, 2005
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12. Escape From

Early in the morning, Baton's Tachikoma self activates and leaves the Tachikoma storage bay to explore the outer world.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 30, 2005
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13. Not Equal

Sixteen years ago Aka Turkuro, the daughter of a pioneering cyber company CEO, was kidnapped by a group opposed to cyberization.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 6, 2005
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14. YE$

Acting on a tip, Section 9 breaks up a cabal of thieves hell bent on wrecking a Japanese financial institution.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 13, 2005
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15. Machine Desirants

Kusanagi's reservations regarding Section 9's Tachikoma units comes to a head.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 20, 2005
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16. AG20

Sensitive information has been stolen from a U.S. Navy base and the primary suspect is a former Olympic silver medalist named Zaitsev.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 27, 2005
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17. Angel's Share

Major Kusanagi and Chief Aramaki are visiting London for an anti-terrorism conference.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 6, 2005
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18. Lost Heritage

After a five-year wait, Chinese vice foreign minister Jin has been allowed access to the Kagashewa war memorial in Japan.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 13, 2005
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19. Captivated

Former Japanese Prime Minister Kanzaki's daughter has been abducted, and Section 9 is called in to investigate her disappearance.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 20, 2005
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20. Re-View

After the events of PORTRAITZ, Togusa uses J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a starting point and develops a theory that The Laughing Man is after something published on paper.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 27, 2005
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21. Eraser

Togusa finds himself in the hospital after being shot, but is desperate to impart what he's learned to the rest of the group.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 3, 2005
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22. Scandal

The Head of the DEA is arrested for murder in connection with the raid at the Sunflower Society building.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 10, 2005
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23. Equinox

The Laughing Man returns to again kidnap the CEO of Serano Genomics, just as he did six years before.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 17, 2005
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24. Annihilation

Having learned the entire truth behind the Laughing Man incident from The Laughing Man himself, and having confirmed the information with Mr. Serano, Section 9 is finally ready to make their move against the man behind the corporate terrorism: Standing Secretary General Yakushima.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 24, 2005
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25. Barrage

Aramaki has been released under his own recognizance and meets with the head of the Ministry of Justice to explain the situation and ask for help in ensuring his team members safety, but the Minister of Justice is powerless to affect the situation beyond the prosecution of Yakushima.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 1, 2005
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26. Stand Alone Complex

After 15 days of fierce fighting, the Umibozu complete their operation to dismantle Section 9 by assassinating Kusanagi and capturing Batou.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 8, 2005
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Arguably the best anime tv series of all time, it's a must watch for anyone who is a fan of the genre. Its compelling, philosophical stories hold up very well, especially considering this series is over ten years old at this point. Of this first series, very few episodes lag, and those that do feel like they are meant to, most notably the Tachikoma episode. It gives you a chance to take a breath between the dense, political episodes and ultimately expands the viewers understanding of what it is to be alive and aware.

The animation is, for the most part, very strong for a televised anime, and the cell shaded cgi is used only for machines and set pieces, and is all but flawless. Nothing like Appleseed, of which I've never been a fan. The less important animation, mainly in between main scenes, for anime is usually farmed out to animation houses that do nothing but unimportant filler scenes, and while they are noticeable, there aren't any animes in which you won't find this. So complaining about it is all but pointless. That's just the way it is. It allows the studio to spend more on the spectacular shots and ultimately provide better action.

Amazon's digital version looks and sounds great, but the subtitles can be lacking, which is surprising considering they were done by Turner, which is an American company.
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One of the most intelligent anime series ever created. Most viewers will see this as a fantastical futuristic fairytale. But this story-line is closer to our impending history than most people are comfortable acknowledging. Pay attention, because these folks don't wait for you to catch up - or catch on. Lush graphics and a clever soundtrack from Yoko Kanno drive these 26 episodes of Season 01.
The series begins by introducing us to the uber-secret Section 9 - a clandestine law enforcement agency that specializes in cyber warfare and terrorism. After exposing the audience to the variety of cases handled by our heroes, the narrative settles into an arc loosely organized around the pursuit of the ever elusive "laughing man" - a character who uses technology to cling to his archaic,anonymous identity. The culmination of his capture leads to nothing less than the threat of destruction to Section 9, itself.
So...Sit Back - Hang On! - and "Welcome to Tomorrow."
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Why are all the great cartoons series from Japan? I don't know the answer to that question but Ghost in the Shell SAC is a great cartoon series. The animation still holds up well after all this time and the story is smart and exciting. Don't get me wrong, Japan has produced some real dogs but this isn't one of them. I'd rank it up there with movies like Akira, no not as ground breaking, and classics like Robotech Macross.
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The Ghost in the Shell is a fascinating example of Japanese Manga and high tech science fiction. The program creatively examines a host of contemporary philosophical and political issues raised by technological advances that were truly only speculative fiction when these programs were originally produced. The shows are great fun, slickly packaged in Japanese manga style that captures and engages the imagination. Great Stuff!!
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with the possible exception of the second gig. Bothe are absolutely killer. Bought this for use with my Kindle FireHD, despite owning the whole thing on disc already. Very convenient, but also pricey...too bad the Ultraviolet thing isn't universal. I don't want to have to sort out the whole Handbrake thing...<sigh> Anyhow, looks, sounds and plays great on the Fire, although if you like subtitles, you may be out of luck. I can't figure out how to turn them on, if they are even there.
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Mesmerizing and unforgettable. A true masterpiece that honors and furthers the intelligence of the original. An accuracy prediction of technological advances in the future and their effect on political and millitary functions.
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I love this series. Looks and sounds great. A great buy. Especially since the Blu-Ray isn't coming out anytime soon.
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Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Season 1 is an excellent series. If you liked original Ghost in the Shell movie, there is a great chance that you will like the series also. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because the series are dubbed in English and the voices are not as good as in Japanese version - personally I would prefer an option to watch in Japanese with English subtitles.
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