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      Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man

      2005 2h 40m Adventure Sci-Fi Animation List
      Reviews 88% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Maj. Kusanagi takes over a long-running investigation after the lead detective dies mysteriously. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      adam b Stand Alone Complex Season 1: Do not compare this to the Ghost in the Shell films; you'll be highly disappointed. I decided to watch the Ghost in the Shell film and was blown away. Doing some digging, I decided to watch the next installment in the franchise, being season 1 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and well, let's just say I was almost disappointed. It's not nearly as dark, clever, or even interesting as the film. But I'd be lying if I wasn't invested. For an anime fan, it's a must see. For someone like me that just enjoys films, some anime being included, I'd give a couple episodes a shot before diving into the show. It's good, just not great. Also, watch the the Season 1 edition of this, don't watch the Laughing man film; I heard it ruins the entire thing Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm using this page to review the SAC Series rather than the movie, since the series doesn't have a page of its own, and I don't know how to fully delete my review. An amazing and intriguing piece of immersive science fiction infused with sudden bursts of absolute violence. Staggers between two types of stories, the stand-alone story and the complex story. Characters aren't very multi-dimensional, but they're believable and often contemplative and poignant. The Laughing Man and his revolution is interesting as he tries to bring justice against corporations and government agencies that are hiding information critical to the health and wellbeing of the population. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member With an interesting plot and engaging personalities, what makes this film stand out it is the way it makes you consider, with relative depth, the consequences of such significant advancement in technology and the blurring of the line between flesh and machine. Unfortunately being a abbreviated film it does cannot go into as much depth as the full series. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member It's been 15 years since the release of the anime series, I only got myself to watch it now. Got to say the production values, animation, voice over and plotting is still top class even now. The setting is in a 21st-century society where cyberization and robots are common day features. Accordingly, terrorism, blackmailing and other crime waves are more futuristic like hacking into people's brain to making clones and such. The series focuses on a group of detectives/counter terrorists who are elites in solving such crimes, one could say modern day FBI. Each and every episode is a gem, initially each episode seems to be a standalone case, it seemed the focus was to introduce us to the modern society, only by the end do we realized it's all tied up to a mega case. The story is now only about showing great animation fight sequences is the case with other similar anime instead it makes you ponder over complex questions. The animation is top class, the fight sequences are still a treat to watch, from the conceptions to the detailed sequence, to the smart follow through. The same can be said for the sound. The characters, each and every one have their own story to tell, while the star of the show is Major, the supporting cast is well developed. Another stand out figure is the enigmatic Laughing Man, even when you don't see his face he leaves a lasting impression. One of the best thought out and executed anime I have come across. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Joseph P Some really choppy and horrible editing, with not really the best English voice acting. I highly much recommend you watch the 26 episode series of this. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/24/17 Full Review Audience Member more like an episode in a tv show. lots of plot lines that start before the movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Maj. Kusanagi takes over a long-running investigation after the lead detective dies mysteriously.
      Kenji Kamiyama
      Junichi Fujisaku, Yoshiki Sakurai, Dai Sato, Shirow Masamune, Shotaro Sugaw
      Production Co
      Anchor Bay Entertainment
      Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 2, 2007
      2h 40m
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