Fragglepuss Anime Review 120: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Action, Mecha, Military, Police, Sci-Fi, Technology

First Aired: Fall 2002, 26 episodes

Summary: It is the year 2030 and humankind has advanced technologically to a point where complete body transplants are possible. Humans are able to have cybernetic transplants of every body part, making the distinction between human and android blurry and confusing. Everybody is able to take advantage of technology and criminals are no exception. The Japanese government created Section 9 as an independent police force to deal with this criminal force. Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, the leaders of Section 9, are about to become part of a dangerous game while they attempt to catch a hacker known as “The Laughing Man”.

The technological aspect is what I appreciate most about Stand Alone Complex. The technology is advanced but still presented in a believable way. Humans are their own mixture of their original human parts and cybernetic enhancements. Some individuals have their consciousness put into all-cybernetic bodies which raises the question: What makes something human?

Ghost in the Shell also succeeds at going into depth in its universe and the characters in general. The complexity of the series gives it high rewatch value. Lastly, Ghost in the Shell is partly an action anime but is not dependent on the action. The setup for a fight scene may take a while but the fights are fairly short. It’s refreshing to watch an action story that is focused on the story instead of the action itself.

You might enjoy this if: You are a sci-fi geek that nerds out on technology.

You might not like it if: You want a shorter series that doesn’t require too much thought.

Note to the Viewer: If you want more Ghost in the Shell, there is plenty to go around. Movies, Novels, Manga, OVAs and all manner of merchandise exist.

AMV – Don’t Stop by Aaron G

(Warning, the AMV contains some language. It’s not much, just a couple swears. Also, the usual spoiler warning. If you haven’t seen the show you won’t know any of the spoilers though)

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