Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Premiere October 1, 2002
Finale January 8, 2005
Creator Kenji Kamiyama
Network TV Tokyo
Style 30-minute anime cyberpunk crime
Company Production I.G.
Seasons 2
Episodes 52
Origin Japan

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a cyberpunk anime program that deals with the operations of a covert department of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, known commonly as Section 9. As well as being covert, the commission deals primarily with technology-based crimes.

The series deals with several cases that are handled by Section 9, but also have season arcing storylines that are dealt with over the course of the entire season. Whether or not the episode deals with the main storyline of the season is indicated at the beginning of the episode on the episode title card. In season 1, "Stand Alone" episodes are one-shots that have nothing to do with the overall plot, while "Complex" episodes further the plot.

Ghost in the Shell is notable for its usage of computer generated art within the traditional 2D animation. The work of the production company has been critically acclaimed for subtlety instituting digital elements into scenes, enhancing the atmosphere. These elements include digital color grading, environmental effects, and cell-shaded computer models.

The series was popular enough to warrant the production of a second season, where the series was renamed Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG. Both seasons have been dubbed into English and broadcast in the United States on Adult Swim.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character
Main Cast
Atsuko Tanaka Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Motoko Kusanagi
Akio Ohtsuka Richard Epcar Batou
Kouichi Yamadera Crispin Freeman Togusa
Yutaka Nakano Michael McCarty Ishikawa
Toru Ohkawa Dave Wittenberg Saito
Tarô Yamaguchi Dean Wein Boma
Takashi Onozuka Robert Buchholz Paz
Sakiko Tamagawa Sandy Fox Tachikoma
Osamu Saka William Frederick Knight Daisuke Aramaki

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
TV Tokyo
Season One October 1, 2002 March 25, 2003 26
Season Two January 1, 2004 January 8, 2005 26
OAV
Solid State Society September 1, 2006

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of recurring characters from the series
  • Mythology: Facts and figures about the mythos of the series.
  • Technology: A more detailed look at the various futuristic technology, including cyberbrains and tachikomas.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections
Stand Alone Complex: Volume One July 27, 2004 2


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Two September 28, 2004 1


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Three November 23, 2004 1


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Four January 25, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Five March 22, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Six May 17, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex: Volume Seven July 26, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Volume One September 20, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Volume Two November 22, 2005 1


Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Volume Three January 24, 2006 1


Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Volume Four March 21, 2006 1


Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Volume Five May 30, 2006 1


Stand Alone Complex: Special Edition July 26, 2005 7


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