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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEXKōkaku Kidōtai Sutando Arōn Konpurekkusu

Genre Science fiction noir, cyberpunk, post cyberpunk, action

TV Anime

Directed by

Kenji Kamiyama


Production I.G

Licensed by
  • Flag of United States Bandai Entertainment
  • Flag of United States Flag of United Kingdom Manga Entertainment

Produced by
  • Production I.G, Kodansha
  • Trilogy Future Studio
  • Bandai Entertainment
  • Tokuma Shoten


25 min/episode




Original Run

October 1, 2002 - March 25, 2003

English Run

November 7, 2004 - May 8, 2005

No. of episodes

26 Episodes


R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Composed by

Yoko Kanno

Produced by

Victor Entertainment

Theme song

Inner universe

Closing theme

Lithium Flower

Related Material



Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an anime. The show's original United States airing was on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. In Japan, it was first broadcast on the pay-per-view Animax channel. The premise follows the investigation of the Laughing Man incident by Public Security Section 9, led by Motoko Kusanagi. It is followed by a second season named Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.

Spoiler Warning: Spoiler details may follow.


Taking place in a fictional city of Japan called "Niihama-shi" (New Port City) in the year 2030, Stand Alone Complex tells the story of a special operations task-force called Public Security Section 9. The series follows the exploits of Section 9's agents who range from ex-military to ex-police to even ex-mafia as they address each case and how it affects them on a personal level, eventually leading to the mysterious figure dubbed by the media as "The Laughing Man".

Public Security Section 9 is an elite domestic anti-crime unit charged with the task of preventing technology-related acts of terrorism and crime. Their duties include response to serious cyber crimes (i.e. cyberbrain hacking, cyber-terrorism), investigation of unlawful acts of those in public office and of high profile murder cases. From time to time they also serve as protection to foreign VIPs.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex follows an alternate and separate storyline from that of Mamoru Oshii's theatrical film adaptations. The TV series expounds further on the careers of Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9, and also retains more elements from Masamune Shirow's original manga than Oshii's feature films.

Literary references within the series include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Flowers for Algernon, the Nine Stories, especially "The Laughing Man" written by J. D. Salinger, and The Catcher in the Rye, also authored by Salinger.


There are 26 Episodes in Stand Alone Complex, each between 22 and 25 minutes in length.

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