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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Season 1HDTV-MAClosed Captioning

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A spin-off to arguably the greatest anime film ever created, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex follows female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 as they hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds. The series begins as Kusanagi and Section 9 must resolve a hostage crisis, hunt down a runaway state-of-the-art killing machine, solve a mystery behind recent android suicides, and investigate a high-level conspiracy involving a mysterious computer hacker. Set in the not-too-distant future where technology plays a key role in everyday life, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex utilizes the latest in full digital animation, presenting illustrious characters and meticulous design along with dramatic animated action. A true anime phenomenon.

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Thank You, iTunes!

Ok, right nowiTunes is making some really great selections in anime choices. Really. In addition to all of the Tezuka things they have been selling, they have added another great series: Ghost in the Shell. This series leaves behind all of the stereotypes that most main-stream people see in anime: big eyes, weird hair, and, above all, the mentality that anime is exclusively for children. Ghost in the Shell is very adult in every aspect: it is technical, intellegent, and demands that one pays attention to it. The story is great: ther are some stand-alone (oneshot) episodes, and then the storyline itself, both of which are supurb and interesting. not only is the series compelling, but the animation and both English and Japanese voice casts are phenomonal. Personally, I am a younger anime fan, and I still immensely enjoy this show. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who is looking to move on to something more intellegent than your normal Shonen action series (such as Bleach or Naruto), and for $2 an episode, there is no excuse not to give it a shot .

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A landmark anime.

Anyone familiar or unfamiliar with anime would easily agree that this show has top notch animation and musical scores. It's a joy to behold this series' fleshed out motion, detailed backgrounds, powerfully efficient mecha designs, and its thoughtful wardrobe choices; it's a pleasure to experience the alternately soaring, then throbbing soundtrack that always adds to, rather than distracts from the momentum of the show. However, these things alone do not a great anime make. What sets GITS:SAC apart from the majority of anime (and popular entertainment in general) is that it is willing to not only respect, but challenge its viewers with a highly intricate storyline carried by enigmatic, loveable characters who are often superhuman, always flawed, and sometimes reduced to little more than a group of well-meaning, under appreciated public servants who can't catch a fair break. I've watched the series twice and own the box set, and I still find it hard to believe that so much was packed so successfully into this series. The Laughing Man storyline is incredible, and the writers, directors, and everyone from Studio I.G. who worked on this show must have been expert jugglers to have kept the details of this series straight. Amazingly, GITS completely avoids becoming painfully tedious or self-important. Though GITS could be classified as an action/drama/sci-fi, it smartly allows for comedy and light-heartedness through the antics and dialogues of the Tachikomas (arachnidian armored tanks equipped with AI) and also legitimately calls into question stereotypical gender roles in an age when a "human being" can function as a box on wheels and men can swap bodies with female entertainers. I consider GITS:SAC an essential anime series because it's an example of why anime is important. Anime, when done right, can tell stories and conjure images that are virtually impossible in any other medium and from any other wellspring of storytelling.

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Season 1
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Animation
  • Released: Jul 09, 2012
  • CCin English

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