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February 9, 2012

Anime Review: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

The Stand Alone Complex series are an awesome sci-fi anime with intense action featuring futuristic weapons, humanoid forms and modern internet warfare that will leave you shocked. This anime is not for the faint hearted as every episode contains thrilling mysteries and intense firefights. This anime review takes the sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG into account.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexSypnopsis:
In the not so distant future, mankind has advanced to a state where complete body transplants from flesh to machine is possible. This allows for great increases in both physical and cybernetic prowess and blurring the lines between the two worlds. However, criminals can also make full use of such technology, leading to new and sometimes, very dangerous crimes. In response to such innovative new methods, the Japanese Government has established Section 9, an independently operating police unit which deals with such highly sensitive crimes.

Led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 deals with such crimes over the entire social spectrum, usually with success. However, when faced with a new A level hacker nicknamed “The Laughing Man”, the team is thrown into a dangerous cat and mouse game, following the hacker’s trail as it leaves its mark on Japan.

Review:
This anime is so captivating in many different ways I don;t know where to begin. Well, for starters, this anime contains one of the best sci-fi stories to date. Set in a futuristic environment where computers and technology are dominant in the world, humans are no longer humans. Humanoids (part human, part machine) are the norm of this world. Scary as it sounds, that is the case for where this story is set. I found the whole series really interesting and I enjoyed watching every episode very much. The filler episodes that contain the Tachikomas were not that boring to watch.

The art was really well done. The intense fighting scenes as well as the futuristic environment was really well drawn. The characters themselves were up to sketch, and as always, easy to differentiate. The settings throughout the series was aplenty and you never once got bored of the same setting. The explosions and lighting effects were really well done. I enjoyed watching things explode.

Voice acting was highly accurate and was top-notch quality. You will never get bored of the repeated "Roger!" phrases that are scattered frequently throughout the anime. The soundtracks were decently catchy but not much to remember for. In the end, the sound effects really stood out, from the clicking of guns to the whirl of a chopper.

Characters were unique and had their own personalities, which stood out most of the time. The Tachikoma were so funny and lovable, you probably want to keep one as a pet. Anyhow, you will definitely find a favourite character in this anime series.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anime series. I am a huge fan of the sci-fi futuristic genre, so this was one of favourite animes to watch. I would recommend you to watch if you are interesting in sci-fi or some nice S.W.A.T type action. In the end, it's up to you.


STORY: 8
A good story with some nice plot twists and mysteries for you to solve. It will keep you wanting to watch more.

ART: 8
Art was well drawn with nice additional effects.

SOUND: 6
Voice acting and sound effects were of the highest quality. The theme songs were decent.

CHARACTER: 7
Wide variety of tough-looking characters. You will not find anything cute here.

ENJOYMENT: 8
Really intense in some episodes with firefights nearly in every episode.

OVERALL: 8
A really well made anime series. Well worth to watch.