8.7
1,318 votes
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

ANIMAX 2002

In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs hackers, sharpshooters, detectives and cyborgs all in an effort to thwart cyber criminals and their plans to attack the innocent.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E26

#1 - IN: Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG

8.78

Season 2 - Episode 26

Kuze and the Major come up with a plan to save the refugees, but the chances of its success are slim. Realizing this, the Tachikomas disobey the Major's orders and come up with a plan of their own. Batou has also disobeyed the Major's orders to go to the bridge and is desperately searching for her in the ruins of Dejima. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is frustrated with being spurned by the Chief Cabinet Secretary. Determined to be remembered as more than a mere figurehead, she takes matters into her own hands.

The episode was rated from 93 votes.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E11

#2 - IN: Kusanagi's Labyrinth; AFFECTION

8.66

Season 2 - Episode 11

Training has commenced to find new recruits for Section 9. With Motoko acting as the target, Batou and Togusa watch as the recruits try to keep up with the Major. After ditching some of the recruits, Motoko has to lose just one more pair. She ascends some stairs in an alley and the recruits follow her. Moving out into the street above, the recruits see that they have lost the target. However, Batou and Togusa have lost contact with the Major as well.

The episode was rated from 91 votes.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S1E25

#3 - C: Smoke of Gunpowder, Hail of Bullets; BARRAGE

8.58

Season 1 - Episode 25

Aramaki has been released under his own recognizance, and meets with the head of the Ministry of Justice to explain the situation and ask for help in ensuring his team's safety, but the Minister of Justice is powerless to affect the situation beyond the prosecution of Yakushima. Elsewhere, Saito and Ishikawa are caught in separate traps set by Umibozu teams, but not before successfully dispersing information seeds given to them by the Major. With Batou and Kusanagi as the only uncaptured members of Section 9, Batou undertakes a risky sortie to the Major's apartment to recover her sentimentally-valued watch. Before he can escape, Umibozu commandos arrive and a firefight ensues. Batou successfully fends off the first wave of attacks, but is unexpectedly confronted with two armoured combat suits, the second of which proves to be more than he can handle.

The episode was rated from 123 votes.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E14

#4 - DI: Beware the Left Eye; POKER FACE

8.56

Season 2 - Episode 14

While on an assignment guarding the Prime Minister, Saitou and the Tachikomas pass the time playing poker with a few policemen who are also assigned to the case. Much to the chagrin of the other men, Saitou wins hand after hand. The Tachikomas take notice of Saitou's uncanny accuracy and start to comment. Their constant chattering quickly gets on the other player's nerves, so to smooth things over Saitou recounts his time working as a sniper for mercenaries in Mexico.

The episode was rated from 87 votes.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E25

#5 - IN: To the Other Side of Paradise; THIS SIDE OF JUSTICE

8.56

Season 2 - Episode 25

As the attack on Dejima escalates, the Major catches up with Kuze. She explains the whole situation to him and he agrees to follow her. They are about to leave when both are attacked by the Self-Defense forces and in the confusion are trapped under the rubble. Togusa rescues the Prime Minister and brings her back to her office. There, Aramaki hopes her influence will stop the launching of the ultimate weapon. Meanwhile, Batou reasons with Section 4.

The episode was rated from 82 votes.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E24
#6 - IN: Aerial Bombing of Dejima; NUCLEAR POWER
8.47
Season 2 - Episode 24

With the felling of Dejima Bridge by the refugees, a rumor circulates around the Cabinet that the refugees plan a mass suicide bombing using nuclear bombs. Fearing this, the Cabinet steps up the attack against the city. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kayabuki has been secretly arrested and taken to an unknown location. Aramaki, Togusa and Proto, in trying to help the P.M. are also taken into custody and secured in her office. With Section 9 having entered the non-communication zone and Aramaki being cut off from communication, Ishikawa and a Tachikoma make their way to Spring-8 on their own. Meanwhile, Gouda has sent an unwitting Section 4 after Section 9 to retrieve the plutonium.

The episode was rated from 87 votes.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S1E21
#7 - C: Left-Behind Trace; ERASER
8.42
Season 1 - Episode 21

Togusa finds himself in the hospital after being shot, but is desperate to impart what he has learned to the rest of the group. By diving into Togusa’s memories, Section 9 experiences the DEA raid against the Sunflower Society firsthand, prompting anger and rage. The Chief takes it upon himself to notify the head of the DEA of Togusa’s presence at the Sunflower Society building during the raid, prompting the DEA chief to order the Narcotics Suppression Squad (NSS) to the house of Dr. Hisashi Imakurusu. Dr. Imakurusu had overseen the board that denied the Murai Vaccine; after being diagnosed with Cyberbrain Sclerosis, he began using the vaccine in secret and subsequently went into hiding. Section 9 believes Dr. Imakurusu may hold a clue to unraveling the entire Laughing Man case, and undertake a desperate search to locate him.

The episode was rated from 136 votes.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S1E26
#8 - C: Public Security Section 9, Once Again; STAND ALONE COMPLEX
8.34
Season 1 - Episode 26

The dismantling of Section 9, spun by the media as a JSDF preemptive strike against a radical security unit planning a coup, provides the Prime Minister with the public support his party needs to win the Lower House elections. Immediately after the election, in keeping with his promise, the Prime Minister discloses the information regarding The Laughing Man case, fingering Yakushima as the ringleader. Three months pass, during which Togusa tries to come to terms with all that has happened with Section 9. In his attempts to find information on the rest of the team, he learns that the Major was killed and the remaining members of Section 9 are serving time in a state prison for high treason. The news upsets Togusa, and he resolves to assassinate the man responsible for Section 9's dissolution.

The episode was rated from 125 votes.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E12
#9 - IN: To Those Without Even a Name...; SELECON
8.32
Season 2 - Episode 12

Section 9 has uncovered Shō Kawashima's ("FAKE FOOD") external memory device on the net. Hidden in a route to the Asian matrix only accessible through the European array, Section 9 concludes that the device was hidden by Gouda. Unfortunately, Gouda has left no trace of his movements in the device. The Major prepares to dive into the device with Bōma and Ishikawa watching her closely. However, before she can dive, Aramaki notifies her that someone even more important than the external memory device has just surfaced...

The episode was rated from 88 votes.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - S2E23
#10 - IN: The Day the Bridge Falls; MARTIAL LAW
8.30
Season 2 - Episode 23

The Chief Cabinet Secretary uses the excuse of the refugees possessing 10kg of plutonium to mobilize the military against Dejima. With the available evidence against the refugees, Prime Minister Kayabuki reluctantly agrees. However, she soon learns from the Chief Cabinet Secretary that he's aligned himself with Imperial America and is now after her job. Knowing her days as P.M. are numbered, she agrees with Aramaki's plan and calls the U.N. in for a nuclear inspection of Dejima. The move buys them some time to defuse the situation, and Section 9 heads to Dejima to meet up with the U.N in two days. However, with tensions running high it is only a matter of time before someone fires the first shot.

The episode was rated from 84 votes.

Last updated: nov 16, 2021

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The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series is an amazing continuation of the ground-breaking anime that set the premise and stage for this series so many years ago. The story lines are intelligent, thoughtful and interesting, and the animation/cgi blending is very well done throughout.

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