Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex/Season Two

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Season One
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Season Premiere January 1, 2004
Season Finale January 8, 2005
Episode Count 26
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Season Two of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex premiered on January 1, 2004. The series was renamed Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG for this season and initially made available on Animax. Two new episodes were added to the pay per view monthly until May 7, 2005. On April 12, 2005, the season began broadcast on the terrestrial network Nippon TV.

Unlike the previous season, 2nd GIG is broken up into three different sections rather than two. Episodes designated as "Individual" are connected to the Individual Eleven storyline, "Dual" episodes are tied into the first storyline as well as the "Cabinet Intelligence Service & Gouda" story, and Dividual episodes are disconnected for either story. The Individual story is covered by episodes 5, 11-12, 16, 19-21 and 23-26. The Duel story is made up of episodes 4, 7, 9 and 22.

The second Ghost in the Shell season takes a deeper look at the universe in which Section-9 exists. It takes place six months after the first season and examines some of the historic events which have formed Japanese society in 2032, particularly the refugee groups created by World War III and World War IV. One such group, dubbed the Individual Eleven, and their enigmatic leader Kuze are investigated by Section-9 when they learn that there's a greater motive behind their suicide attack.

The series was licensed by Bandai Entertainment in 2005 for an American release. The dubbed episodes began broadcast on Adult Swim on November 19, 2005.

Episodes

# # Title Original Japanese Airdate US Airdate
27 1 Reactivation January 1, 2004 November 19, 2005
28 2 Well-Fed Me January 1, 2004 November 26, 2005
29 3 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning February 7, 2004 December 3, 2005
30 4 Natural Enemy February 7, 2004 December 10, 2005
31 5 Those Who Have the Motive March 6, 2004 December 17, 2005
32 6 Latent Heat Source March 6, 2004 January 7, 2006
33 7 The Rhapsodic Melody of a Bygone Nation April 3, 2004 January 14, 2006
34 8 Vegetarian Dinner April 3, 2004 January 21, 2006
35 9 The Hope Named Despair May 1, 2004 January 28, 2006
36 10 One Angry Man May 1, 2004 February 4, 2006
37 11 Kusanagi's Labyrinth June 5, 2004 February 11, 2006
38 12 To Those Without Even a Name... June 5, 2004 February 18, 2006
39 13 Face July 3, 2004 February 25, 2006
40 14 Beware the Left Eye July 3, 2004 March 4, 2006
41 15 Afternoon of the Machines August 7, 2004 March 11, 2006
42 16 The Fact of Being There August 7, 2004 March 17, 2006
43 17 Mother and Child September 4, 2004 March 25, 2006
44 18 Angel's Poem September 4, 2004 March 31, 2006
45 19 Chain Reaction of Symmetry October 2, 2004 April 8, 2006
46 20 Confusion at the North End October 2, 2004 April 15, 2006
47 21 Escape in Defeat November 6, 2004 April 22, 2006
48 22 Abandoned City November 6, 2004 April 29, 2006
49 23 The Day the Bridge Falls December 4, 2004 May 6, 2006
50 24 Aerial Bombing of Dejima December 4, 2004 May 13, 2006
51 25 To the Other Side of Paradise January 8, 2005 May 20, 2006
52 26 Return to Patriotism January 8, 2005 May 27, 2006