About 6 years before the release of ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’, a classic 90s anime movie of the same was released. The movie was very impactful and had also played a major role in popularizing anime all over the world. So naturally, when the anime was initially announced, everyone was a little skeptical about it. But Production I.G came along and proved that a classic can sometimes be recreated.
The entire series has been laid in a very interesting way where it is initially hard to figure out whether or not it is following the same path as the movie. The entire show comprises of two very different plot elements where “Stand Alone” follows the lives of the members of Section 9 and “Complex” brings in the main antagonist—The Laughing Man. Now the main story arc that covers the “Complex” element can be viewed individually by viewers. But there are many viewers out there who have not seen the original film and are not familiar with the works of Section 9. The “Stand Alone” arc helps you get familiar with the motives of the characters involved in Section 9 and this later makes the second arc even more interesting.
Despite having a relatively lower budget than the movie, the entire series is clearly a step above the film when it comes to the art and animation side of it. Unlike other action anime, the fight scenes are very realistic and don’t have any exaggerated finishing moves or energy power-ups. The soundtracks are simply great and even the voice acting seems to be on point most of the times. Overall, ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ is simply a phenomenal show that has everything from an amazing story to fleshed-out characters to sound technological settings. I would highly recommend this one to all anime fans and if you haven’t watched this classic yet, you are seriously missing out.
Ghost in the Shell_ SAC2045 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ season 1 premiered on October 1, 2002 and with a total of 26 episodes, it went on till October 1, 2003. This was then followed by a season 2 titled ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig’ which again has 26 episodes and aired from January 1, 2004 to January 8, 2005. After this, a “special” sequel episode was also released on September 1, 2006. Being the great anime that it is, many fans never really wanted it to come to an end and even after years of hearing nothing about it, fans from all over the world were just hoping that the show is on a temporary hiatus.
The good news for all ‘Ghost in a Shell’ fans is that Netflix has confirmed that a new ONA of the original series, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045, consisting of 24 episodes, will release on April 23, 2020. While the details of this have not been released yet, a confirmation itself is a big sigh of relief for all fans. As soon as we get official confirmation on the final dates of its release, we will update it right here. Till then, now would be a good time binge on the series all over again. In the meanwhile, if we hear anything about ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ season 3 release date, we will update this section.
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Plot:
‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ is set in a futuristic world where the line between mankind and cybernetic technology has completely diminished. Humans have advanced to a point where even full-body transplants from flesh to machine are now a possibility. This not only saves a lot of lives but allows many to acquire superhuman feats of strength. But despite all of its amazing applications, the whole advancement in technology comes with its own disadvantages. One of the major problems of this is that even criminals can now make use of these technologies and get involved in some very dangerous crimes. Soon, the government decides to respond to this and forms a special independently operating police unit named Section 9 that deals with these highly “innovative” crimes.
Motoko Kusanagi and Daisuke Aramaki are two main leaders of the entire Special 9 unit who devote their entire time to solving crimes that fall under this category and are usually successful with all the cases assigned to them. But everything changes one day when they face a whole new criminal mastermind nicknamed “The Laughing Man” who uses his prodigal hacking skills to unleash havoc in the entire nation. Will Section 9 be able to stop him before it’s too late?
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Characters:
Daisuke is a short old man who is the Lieutenant Colonel of Public Security Section 9. He is often referred to as “old ape” by the other members of Section 9 as his face resembles a monkey. He is very loyal to his field of work and there are times when he even puts his own life on the line to make sure that his team members are safe. He is also very wise and relies on several of his international contacts to supply his team members with all the information they need for their missions.
After Daisuke, Batou is second-in-command at Section 9. He is an outgoing person who loves to fool around all the time but he is also known for losing his temper too quickly. He was once an American Special Forces soldier who served in South America. His tolerance towards violence and injustice is very low and he completely lashes out on the ones who try to mistreat his loved ones. Most of his body is composed of cybernetic prosthetics and even after knowing that lifting weights won’t change his appearance in any way, he loves working out as a hobby. He has a fairly huge build and has very short grey hair that is usually slicked back. His eyes are entirely grey and it is obvious that like the rest of his body even they are prosthetics.
Motoko is a very mysterious woman whose origins are completely unknown and pretty much nothing is known about who she is or where she comes from. At a very young age, she had to go through a full-body cyborgization and as she grew up, she shifted from one cyborg body to another with each one of them being relatively bigger than the previous ones. This is probably the reason why she is later able to control many cyborg bodies simultaneously with ease. She is also an incredible hacker and no one really knows when or how she developed these skills.
Togusa is the latest recruited member of Section 9 who has been hired from the regular police force, unlike most other members. His only cybernetic advancement is his brain and nothing external in his body has been cyborgized. The Major hires him to get the perspective of an outsider and also to avoid intellectual clashes between the other members of Section 9. But Togusa usually feels left out and inferior to the other members of the team and often forgets the reason behind his inclusion. He is the only member of the group who is married and has kids.