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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Complete 1st GIG Box Set (7 Discs)

Released on 14 November 2005

Featuring: Akio Otsuka, Sakiko Tamagawa & Koichi Yamadera

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The television series based on Masamune Shirow's Manga and Mamoru Oshii's highly influental film, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex takes viewers to futuristic society where technology has saturated citizens' daily lives. Along with the new technology comes new types of crime that exploits it, but female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team of police, Section 9, devote their lives to chasing criminals, both on land and in cyberspace.

Episodes comprise:
1. Section 9
2. Testation
3. Android And I
4. Intercepter
5. Decoy
6. Meme
7. Idolater
8. Missing Hearts
9. Chat! Chat! Chat!
10. Jungle Cause
11. Portratz
12. Escape From
13. Not Equal
14. Yes
15. Machines Desirantes
16. Ag20
17. Angels' Share
18. Lost Heritage
19. Captivated
20. Re-View
21. Eraser
22. Scandal
23. Equinox
24. Annihilation
25. Barrage
26. Stand Alone Complex

An incredible roster of creative staff have been assembled for this project. Backed by the biggest budget ever for an animated TV series, composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Macross Plus, Earth Girl Arjuna), director Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade) and the talented crew of Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell: Innocence, Kill Bill) have joined together to create the ultimate anime series!

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in Japanes and English (optional English subtitles)
  • Exclusive booklet!
  • Episode profiles
  • Character profiles
  • Image gallery
  • Manga previews

Disc 1:

  • Interview with director Kenji Kamiyama
  • Interview with voice actress Atsuka Tanaka (the voice of Motoko Kusanagi)

Disc 2:

  • Interview with Osamu Saka (the voice of Aramaki)
  • Interview with Yoko Kanno (Composer)

Disc 3:

  • Interview with Akio Otsuka (the voice of Batou)
  • Interview with Sound Director Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • 'Ghost In The Shell' video game preview

Disc 4:

  • Interview with Sakiko Tamagawa (Tachikoma)
  • Interview with Koichi Yamadera (the voice of Togusa)

Disc 5:

  • Interviews with Mecha Designers Kenzi Teraoka and Shinobu Tsuneki
  • Interview with Director Of Photography Koji Tanaka and 3D Director Makoto Endo

Disc 6:

  • Interview with Junichi Fukisaki, Yoshiki Sakurai and Nobuyasu Terato
  • Interview with Dai Sato and Shotaro Suga

customer Reviews

 Average rating (19 reviews)

 Powerfull stories and strong characters

| | See all Madcap's reviews (7)

Based on one of manga's brilliant story tellers, Shirow Masamune. The Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. gives us more insight into the characters from the movie and introduces new ones. This is done in breathtaking animation (superior to that of the movies in my opinion) excellent stories and the soundtrack isn't bad either. Though the menu selection screens are a bit disappointing and can be off putting at times. All-in-all I would highly recommend this box set for any fan of animation and good story telling. A Manga Must!!!

 Possibly the best TV series of the last twenty years

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It's unfortunate that animé has yet to gain widespread mainstream acceptance (even if, god help us, we're likely to have a US-based live-action version of AKIRA inflicted on us at some time in the not too distant future) because every now and again the genre produces something that is truly exceptional. First gig is a prime example, even if most of the folks you know have never heard of it.

This first series of GITS addresses complex societal and psychological issues, examines where the increasing use of technology is likely to take mankind, has a soundtrack by Yoko Kanno - one of the finest composers to ever come out of Japan - and delivers kick-ass action and the cutest robots ever to feature in a science fiction story. Quite why this series hasn't been given a prime time showing on British television is beyond me, as it outclasses pretty much everything else on the telly. It's that good. Buy it.

 No better Anime than Ghost in the Shell

| | See all Alieninthewoods's reviews (1)

I am of the older generation and so get a little tired of the squeaky screaming girls in a lot of Anime and lack of depth. I have only started collecting for 15 months and have a stack of different things but, GITS is the best there is. Great animation, humour, depth of characters, depth of storyline, great soundtrack and i just got hooked and had to keep watching. I've looked, but there is nothing else that ticks 'every' box. It doesn't need 'fan service' to attract watchers.

Not only that but as there is a lot of dialogue and you sometimes lose track with so much detail, there are extras with each episode to give you a run down of whats going on! The English dub is great too. As there is no good reason on earth not to buy this, i can't understand why there is still the stock! You can't afford to miss it.

 The very BEST mature anime series there is!

| | See all smorguss's reviews (28)

Both seasons of this series, and the follow-up movie 'Solid State Society' are the absolute cream of mature Japanese animation. The characters, are interesting, the plots are complex and involving, the art is brilliant - hell, even the dubbing is superb (in fact, I prefer the dubbed English voices to the original Japanese ones, which is not something I usually opt for with anime). I doubt this will be bettered for a very long time, and roll on 3rd GIG!!

 Play.com well done

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I'll start with the great value for money in terms of viewing... Play.com offer this boxset for £16... that's a right bargain, 26 episodes each disc containing interviews and extras which adds to the value for money. If you think that each episode is approx 25mins long and theirs 26 episodes in this boxset your getting great value for money.
Right now onto the anime, it's really good if you like guns action and i'd say a futuristic feel to it. I watched it and thought it was great but there were times when i was watching it i got a tad bored but throughout it was pure class... i don't think it would appeal to every anime fan however so i'd advise maybe watch 1 episode online or something? just to get a feel of what it's like... But definatly buy it here you won't get a better price!

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ActorsAkio Otsuka, Sakiko Tamagawa, Koichi Yamadera, Osamu Saka & Atsuka Tanaka
DirectorKenji Kamiyama
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesJapanese ; English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesJapanese ; English - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.