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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Vol. 01 (ep.1-4) [Import]

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  • Actors: Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge
  • Writers: Dai Satô, Mary Claypool, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai, Yutaka Omatsu
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Dolby, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic, Import
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Manga Video (Bandai Entertainment)
  • Release Date: July 27 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00024I18M
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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone

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Because all staffs spent more than years, SAC has constructed with deep concept through the story. In SAC, there are couple of individual stories and continuous stories ("The Laughing Man")... you can recognize either one when you see the title. (Individual story described as "a stand alone episode", continuous stories described as "complex epsode"... "i" has been intentionally removed. It gives us a small hint to understand the whole concept of SAC.) I really love SAC because I can watch it over and over, and still can find something new.
Compair to the movie GITS, all voice actores and actresses are doing better job (especially, I admired Tachikoma's voice actress... she really did a good job to maintain Japanese version's attitude.)
I've already watched 26+4 (2nd gig) episodes, and have some DVDs (in Japanese). $40 is a kind of bargain for me! (In Japan, they sell 2 episodes for almost $60!!) I believe, from next volume, they sell a bit lower because this volume has included sound truck. I don't mind to pay this price ($40) for this edition, which comes with three discs. If you don't care about sound environment and original sound truck, I recommend to buy the regular version. However, I it's worth to listen the sound truck! (It's really cool music!)
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For those of you who like the manga and the movie you will love this series. It is based off the manga and supposedly it is before the movie happened. For me I don't think so, there is a reason I believe why it is called Stand Alone Complex. Now the character design and the story is more from the manga. So for those of you guys who liked the movie and that's all you know or like, you might not enjoy it right away. This series is what the creator(Masamune Shirow)intended it to look like. The movie is the change. This is a 26 episode series so there are a lot of stories and situations to come. I'm glad that finally they are also using DTS for the sound. Many of the Korean animes are in DTS and it's so nice to hear it like that. The only bad thing is that they are charging alot more and giving you the 5.1 disc as well(like you'd play it if you have DTS). The soundtrack that comes with this is excellent, done by Yokko Kano, which is done by the same person who did Cowboy Bebop. Her versatility amazes me. My only complaint is the price as I do not think the next volumes will come anything extra like the soundtrack so you are paying the extra $10 dollars for the 5.1 disc which you don't care about when you buy the DTS vesion.
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The Ghost in the Shell name is best known for the animated movie released in Japan and the United States in the mid 1990s, based on the popular manga by Masamune Shirow. In 2002 Production I.G. started ambitious work on an evolutionary animated series heavily based on the manga, with more input from Shirow. In June 2004, the series will make its American debut on the Cartoon Network, followed by this DVD release in July.
Stand Alone Complex then is the title for the TV series, which takes place independently from the manga and theatrical movies. Crafted wonderfully, the series features a balance of intelligence, technology, rebellious counter-culture, sadness, action, and cerebral plots that, while typical of Japanese manga, go far and above what American viewers typically receive. Movie watchers will see some familiar characters and settings - the main character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, is the tactical commander of Public Peace Section 9, a described governmental "offensive force against crime" led by the older Daisuke Aramaki.
Section 9's members are nearly all cyborgs - military-grade constructed bodies and cyberbrains that host the human brain imprint (essentially the soul or "ghost" of a person, the "shell" being the body). Batou, the muscular gung-ho cyborg, and Togusa, the semi-normal relative newcomer (he's essentially a human with some cybernetic implants) should also be familiar to movie viewers, as is Ishikawa. Other more one-dimensional team members, like Saito, Pazu, and Boma, will probably be more familiar for manga readers. The Tachikomas (Fuchikomas in the manga) round out the active Section 9 staff, sentient AI tanks that provide a bit of humor with their child-like, yet compelling, mannerisms, personalities and voices.
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I haven't seen the DVD yet but I've watched the entire series online (fan sub). The newest entry in the Ghost in the Shell universe Stand Alone Complex is simply amazing! Produced by Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Rah, and original Ghost in the Shell) the 26-episode series is unlike any previous anime I have seen. Usually the TV series versions of feature length animes are good but are a pale comparison of the features. For example the Patlabor OVA (TV series) were good but not in the same league as the feature length films. This is really no surprise as the TV series usually have an understandably smaller budget. GITS: SAC, however, does not conform to this example. GITS: SAC combines CGI and traditional animation and does so seamlessly. The animation quality is on par if not better that the original feature length animation. But enough about the amazing visuals. GITS: SAC is a mini-series that takes place as if the original feature didn't take place. All the main characters from Section 9 are here, Major Kusanagi, Aramaki, Togusa, and Batou are all fleshed out quite a bit more. There are also two new characters introduced, Borma and Saito as well as the mini-tanks (tachikomas) shown in the manga which are featured throughout the episodes. Each episode has its own complete story and also weaves together to form a larger much more complex whole. GITS: SAC does a nice job a mixing action and drama. We get to see a lot more of the inner workings of Section 9 as well as the investigative work they do and still get plenty of action to keep things exciting. While the series does slow down a couple of times it continues to pull one in and engage the viewer while building to a climax that really blew me away. I can't wait for the DVD, believe me if you liked the original Ghost in the Shell then Stand Alone Complex will be well worth your money. (...)
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