Seireki Nisensanjūnen Niihama-Shi
A.D. 2030 - New Port City
In a future when cybernetic enhancements are a way of life and the criminal element have taken the brave new world to a whole new level of danger, Public Security Section 9 finishes the jobs the police and army can't handle. Culled together from various elite combat units by Daisuke Aramaki, and led in the field by Major Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 always has the right people for the job. Hackers and sharpshooters, detectives and cyborgs, Section 9 is the one thing that stands between cyber-criminals and their prey. Based on the manga by Shirō Masamune
and the cyberpunk anime movie Ghost in the Shell
by Mamoru Oshii
Japanese Title: 「攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX」 - 「Koukaku Kidoutai STAND ALONE COMPLEX」
Kōkaku Kidōtai does not mean "Ghost in the Shell". It translates to "Offensive Shell Mobile Unit". "Ghost in the Shell" was the original name that Shirō Masamune gave to his manga. His editor at the publishing company Kōdansha, Koichi Yuri, asked him for a Japanese name for the manga as well. Masamune-sama then produced the name "Kōkaku Kidōtai".
「Inner Universe」 by Origa
「Lithium Flower」 by Scott Matthew
There are two nomenclatures used in the episodes for the first season: SA and C. SA stands for 'Stand Alone' and these episodes pertain to individual cases handled by Section 9. C stands for 'Complex' and these episodes consist of the main story arc for the first season.
「Rise」 by Origa
「Living Inside the Shell」 by Steve Conte
There are three nomenclatures for the second season: DI, DU, and IN. DI means 'DIvidual' episodes. While they do connect with the main storyline, DI episodes are the Stand Alone episodes of the second season. IN stands for 'INdividual'. These are actually the Complex episodes of the second season. Finally, DU stands for 'DUal'. These episodes pertain to the Cabinet Intelligence Service (CIS).
Produced by - Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Committee
Production I.G (Chief Animation Studio)
Bandail Visual, Co., Ltd.
Bandai Entertainment, Inc.
Nippon Television Network Corporation
Tokuma Shoten, Ltd.
Victor Entertainment, Inc.
Manga Entertainment, Inc.
English Dub by ZRO Limit Productions & Animaze..iNC.
The merchandise section of this guide will cover all releases of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex with the exception of Japanese merchandise. All Japanese items can be found on the merchandise section of the Japanese guide (click below).
Japanese Guide:「攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX」