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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 01 (Episodes 1-4)


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  • Format: Dolby, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 20 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GPFY

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Ghost In The Shell ~ Vol. 1-Season 2

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Major Kusanagi and the other agents of Public Security Section 9 hit the ground running as the second season of the Ghost in the Shell broadcast series begins. The new storylines have a more overtly political tone than the previous sci-fi adventures about the Laughing Man and the scandals surrounding cures for "cyberbrain sclerosis." Chief Aramaki gets his funding restored when he resolves a hostage situation for the new Prime Minister. This terrorist incident is linked to the poor treatment of Asian refugees and their role in the economy of the world following World War IV. When military helicopters go haywire above a refugee compound, the government faces a potential uprising, while evidence suggests that an even bigger plot may be unfolding. In the unusually sardonic episode 3, Aramaki, Kusanagi, Batou et al. set up a hi-tech sting operation to trap a corrupt industrial mogul. The newly cognizant Tachikoma robots join the crew as "recruits." (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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By nanoJak on Feb. 4 2006
Format: DVD
Some things have changed in the 2nd Gig. The most noticeable one is that the credits are completely redone. This is a shock considering how good the 1st season credits were. But my initial dismay was gradually replaced by respect for the new music, the new animation and for how well these credits actually capture the mood of this 2nd series. The first four episodes seem a bit darker, more confusing and less comfortable for Section 9. They seem to have lost a good measure of control over their actions, and this is an interesting change for them, even if they don't really appreciate it. They feel they are being misused, assigned to missions that are beneath them. The Chief seems a bit complacent about it all. Politics are playing a big role from the start, and as usual, the clues as to what is really going on are neither blatant nor obvious. The setup is similar to the first season, there is an arc story behind it all, and a combination of stand alone episodes and arc episodes. But it seems less obvious which are which. We are once again asked to pay really close attention to everything said and everything done, and this works for me.
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By Ashton Buchanan on Nov. 16 2005
Format: DVD
If it weren't for the fact that the episodes contained on this disc, and the OST that comes with it is so outstanding, I would be going nutz over just how poorly it was packeged. They had two discs on one peg! Granted, I'm not going to use the DTS disc, but it still shouldn't pop off the peg while being shipped. Every unit at the store was like this aswell.
The four episodes contained within are outstanding. The OSt aswell is amazing. Vastly superior to the first (Came with SAC vol. 1 LE) and Be Human (Came with SAC Vol. 2 LE).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Section 9 is back for a 2nd GIG July 20 2005
By Xeon Negotiator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
That's right the whole gang from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is back. Fans of both the movie series and the original televised series are going to love the second season. Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG is amazing from the first episode to the very last, and it all starts out right were the first season left off. But this time the threat is far greater to Japan and Section 9.

This DVD set includes the following:

Disc: 4 episodes in Dolby Digital (English and Japanese); bonus material

Episodes:
1. Reembody
2. Night Cruise
3. Cash Eye
4. Natural Enemy

Upcoming Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Official Log 1 - scheduled release date 10/25/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG Vol. 2 - scheduled release date 11/22/05

NOTE - If you see any anime items for sale that seem to cheap, they are BOOTLEGS. DO NOT BUY!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS April 16 2006
By Sesho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The second season of Ghost in the Shell gets off to a very slow start, filled with talking heads that inform us how the political situation has changed since the previous series ended. It couldn't be more topical to contemporary America. You see, the main conflict of the show is being caused by a refugee problem. After the last war lots of Asians immigrated to Japan in search of a better life since their countries were poor and Japan was relatively rich. They were welcomed at first as a cheap labor force but over the years the Japanese began to think twice about the situation and realized that the immigrants are a huge tax burden. A new Conservative government has been formed, promising to deal with the problem once and for all. But there are elements within and outside of the government who are not prepared to wait for legislation. So, in the first episode here, a group called the "Individual 11" takes the Chinese Embassy hostage to protest against the parasitic immigrant population. Section 9 is called in to rescue the hostages, and if no innocents are killed, they are promised full reinstatement by the new Prime Minister. In the second episode, another human being/cyborg scarred by the war and its effects, fantasizes about mattering in a society that doesn't recognize the need for love in individuals. He constantly daydreams about killing all the people he despises and even falls for the Major, who he mistakes for a prostitute. In the third episode, "Cash Eye" is the name of a thief who is so good that she even tells her victims when she is going to rob them! It's up to Section 9 to stop her from robbing a multi-millionaire who will be busy giving a sex-doll soiree at the appointed time attended secretly by very high-up dignitaries. Lastly, in an episode reminescent of an early episode last season, an attack helicopter whose pilot has had a heart attack is taken over by its AI and suspiciously, is joined by other unmanned aircraft in the immigrant district of the city. Their purpose....unknown. Section 9 is called in by one of the government intelligence services who seem very aware of the situation. As though they knew about it before it happened?

2nd Gig has a very different feel from the first season which seemed obsessed with Catcher in the Rye references and cyber crimes of sometimes Enron complexity. This first volume seemed firmly grounded in real-world problems. Namely, what do you do when the equivalent of a slave labor force begins to revolt against its masters and demand more rights? Some people believe they have the right to be here. Some that they should all be kicked out. When a population sees itself as threatened, they fight back, whether this population are the legal citizens or the immigrants. Of course, this show came out in Japan long before the current immigration issues that are now plaguing America. But it's just eerie seeing this. The situation in the US could very easily slip into the conflicts we see in Volume 1 of 2nd gig. Everything about this second season is top-rate....except maybe the writing. The second episode in particular is really slow, since Section 9 is hardly in it at all. While I liked the experiment they did by doing that, it's too early in the show to take the focus off the main characters. Yoko Kanno's music, while masterpieces, seemed to strain to make boring scenes dramatic, but most of her score improves the show, especially a homage to the first Ghost in the Shell movie when the Major falls backwards out of a high-rise, turning on her Predator-like camouflage as she descends after blowing a terrorist's head off. This show looks like it might be great, once it gets past the exposition.

Extras: Interviews with the director and two designers who worked on the show.

I would also recommend: The first season of Ghost in the Shell SAC. The two GITS feature films. The SECOND edition of the manga which features panels cut out of the original American release.

The Matrix trilogy.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2 Season of the GITS TV Series Oct. 7 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
For a little more background:

Movies (The Puppet Master plotline):

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

TV Series (The Puppet Master in the movies never existed):

Season 1: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 2: Ghost in the Shell: Second GIG

Manga

Ghost in the Shell: Different than the first movie, but related.

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (I have not read it).

Ghost in the Shell: Man Machine Interface (a story set a few years after the first movie, it follows the Major in some later activities; it appears to take place after the second movie, but the second movie was published afterward, and they don't refer to each other as far as I know).

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The second movie picks up after the first movie (the puppet master affair plotline).

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I have seen almost the entire 2ng GIG series. It possesses a more gritty and tight feel and story than the first season. The animation style is markedly different. In fact, the whole production value, while quite high, was still lower than the first season. This was something of a disappointment to me, as I had expected them to exceed the past, not fall behind it.

The story, though, is still interesting as Section 9 fights for its own life and survival. We learn a great deal more about the past, and every episode is, like the first season, crafted with what I think is a certain sort of genius.

I await the end of the second season with great anticipation.
34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Section 9 is back for a 2nd GIG July 20 2005
By Xeon Negotiator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
That's right the whole gang from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is back. Fans of both the movie series and the original televised series are going to love the second season. Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG is amazing from the first episode to the very last, and it all starts out right were the first season left off. But this time the threat is far greater to Japan and Section 9.

This DVD set includes the following:

3 Discs:
Disc 1 - 4 episodes in Dolby Digital (English and Japanese); bonus material
Disc 2 - 4 episodes in DTS (English and Japanese); bonus material
Disc 3 - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2

Episodes:
1. Reembody
2. Night Cruise
3. Cash Eye
4. Natural Enemy

And a unique case to keep the DVD case(s) in.

Upcoming Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Official Log 1 - scheduled release date 10/25/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG Vol. 2 - scheduled release date 11/22/05

NOTE - If you see any anime items for sale that seem to cheap, they are BOOTLEGS. DO NOT BUY!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Got nine, get yours Sept. 20 2005
By Catharsise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Pure and simple.

Packaging - 2" black heavy stock outer box covering a silver metal embossed case with clear circular plastic cutout (beautiful!) showing box art on the top DTS disc label, stacked above the 2nd dolby dvd disc inside......and the S.A.C. O.S.T. 2 CD in jewel case without security wrapping.

DISC:

- Disc 1 Dolby Digital Disc Episodes 1-4 Extras: Textless Openings & Staff interviews

- Disc 2 DTS Episodes 1-4 Extras: Textless Openings & Staff interviews

- Disc 3 Original CD Soundtrack S.A.C. O.S.T. 2 (by yoko kanno)

Track 1 cyberbird (5.59)

Track 2 rise (5.28)

Track 3 ride on technology (4.41)

Track 4 idoling (2.48)

Track 5 i can't be cool (4.31)

Track 6 3tops (3.57)

Track 7 gonna rice (2.01)

Track 8 GET9 (4.42)

Track 9 Go DA DA (1.52)

Track 10 psychedelic soul (4.45)

Track 11 what's it for (3.14)

Track 12 living inside the shell (6.24)

Track 13 pet food (1.28)

Track 14 security off (1.13)

Track 15 to tell the truth (4.48)

Track 16 I do (4.49)

Track 17 we can't be cool (1.33)


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