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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society OVA (2 Discs)

Released on 20 August 2007

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The year is 2034; two years after Major Motoko Kusanagi left Public Security Section 9, the elite counter-terrorist and anti-crime unit specializing in cyber warfare. In that time, Section 9 has increased its appointed personnel to 20 operatives, with Togusa taking over as leader of the unit.

Section 9's latest assignment sees the team confronted by a rash of mysterious suicides involving operatives of the disbanded Siak Republic, many of whom had sought asylum in Japan. They manage to track down Ka Gae-Ru, a former Siak Colonel who has taken a hostage in the hope of negotiating safe passage out of the country. Confronted by Section 9, a fearful Gae-Ru issues a cryptic warning that The Puppeteer is coming, before killing himself. Investigations suggest that The Puppeteer is an ultra-wizard hacker who is not only responsible for the recent spate of suicides but is also behind a series of child abductions. But who is the Puppeteer and what is the connection to the so-called Solid State Society? An unexpected encounter between Batou and Major Motoko leaves the former with his own theory, one that is almost impossible to comprehend...

Written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost In The Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG; Blood: The Last Vampire) and produced by the same creative team responsible for the hugely successful Stand Alone Complex series, this completely new and all-original chapter in the action-packed sci-fi saga is as thematically and visually breathtaking as its predecessors!
  • Uchikoma Days
  • Storyboard subtitles
  • English Production interview
  • World Work File
  • Anime and Car Design
  • Making the Tachikoma robot
  • Production IG interview

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 Average rating (10 reviews)

 Outstanding sequel and a great movie on it's own

| | See all BlackSwordsman's reviews (2)

This is truly a nobrainer. If you've seen the great Stand Alone Complex series, you followed with the even better SAC 2ng Gig series and you're dying to see if things keep improving: IT IS! SSS picks up a few years after the events of 2nd Gig and it's nothing short of brilliant. Fantastic animation, all the characters you've come to love and a great story. Highly recommended!

 A fine movie

| | See all Hirsty's reviews (21)

I was very impressed by the first movie from the Stand alone complex commitee. I expected the animation to be improved and as usual a great twisting plot with excellent character development and fast paced action sequences... needless to say I got what I expected. The animation is fantastic though the animation used in both of the original ghost in the shell movies by Mamarou Oshii (sorry if its mispelt) was superior.

There are many opinions as to which is better the original movies or the world of Stand alone complex but for me they're both great. In this movie don't expect as much of the emotion and philosiphy that went into the other ghost in the shell movies. But do expect a very enjoyable and entertaining piece of anime that will leave any action movie fan wanting more. The voice acting is as always superb, other animes can get a bad English voice dub but Ghost in the shell yet again retains a highly talented vocal cast. The soundtrack by Yoko Kanno is another great one for this film providing the exact emotions needed for each scene. The tension at some points in the movie is great I was literally biting my nails at one point (I wont tell you when but once you've seen it you will probably know)

If you like anime or are considering looking into it or just a plain old action/sci fi fan you should defintely consider this movie, for me it is the best film I've seen this year unlike some rubbish thats been released at cinema. I just hope that the Ghost in the shell saga doesn't end because no matter how much of it I see I always crave for more.

Anyway to conclude this review, Ghost in the shell Solid state society adds to the great saga of the anime that first inspired me to enjoy anime until I saw these I thought anime meant Dragonball Z and Pokemon. My hat goes off to the team who made this film.

 You you like Anime, you need to add this to your collection

| | See all CrazyAl's reviews (12)

If you are a fan of the Stand Alone Complex's two previous series this is an essential purchase. The story is fast moving & keeps you guessing.

For all the fans out there, they bring the Tachikomas back.

There are some amazing cars, watch the special features to see how amazing they are.

If you are new to Ghost in the Shell, I would advice watching the 2nd GiG (2nd series) to get introduced to the characters.

I may be in a minority but I much prefer the cartoon series to the two Ghost in the Shell movies & this feature length episode follows in the same spirit as the series (minus the Inner Universe opening theme).

As with the previous two series the basis of the story line is rooted in a reality which is known to most Japanese but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the Anime as this is one fantastic film.

 A true work of art

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First of all this animated movie looks incredible, even though it isn't in high-definition the production is so classy you won't believe your eyes. Add to that the great Yoko Kanno soundtrack, and some fantastic work on the sound effects and you realise just how far along animation has come. If you are a fan of the Stand Alone Complex series you will feel right at home with this, as it is pretty much a feature length episode, you just have to understand that it is a parallel universe to the 2 'proper' movies. The story is very intriguing with some great twists as we learn more about the mysterious 'Solid State Society'...

 a triumph

| | See all scottBWXE's reviews (49)

i loved the first movie but was totally put off by the 2nd due to its long drawn out diaologue and lack of action. I'm pleased to say this 3rd installment did not disapoint. Plenty of action in all the right places, the dialogue and story can be a little dificult to follow at times however, but this is typical of the series and shouldn't put people off if they've seen the other films. Great animation, my favourite of the 3 films so far

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DirectorTomoki Kyoda
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.