The brand new series of Masamune Shirow's groundbreaking cyberpunk
thriller Ghost In The Shell continues in Ghost
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG. This second
volume of the seven-volume series features four more episodes
(5 to 8) detailing the exploits of Section 9...
sees Prime Minister Kayabuki receive a threatening letter
from the Individual Eleven implying that her assassination
is imminent. Section 9 is called in to guard her. Despite
the threat on her life, Kayabuki insists on making her scheduled
annual visit to the local temple as normal. It is a decision
that puts her directly in the firing line of a prosthetic-bodied
man named Kuze.
Excavations, Togusa is sent to investigate the death
of a man allegedly responsible for making threats against
the Energy Ministry. The dead man's ex-wife claims her husband
was innocent but as she and Togusa dig deeper into the case,
the hidden truth about the suspect's murky past and the forbidden
government facility at which he used to work is uncovered.
sees Section 9 called in to ensure a shipment of spent plutonium
fuel rods doesn't fall into the hands of the Individual Eleven
terrorist group. To Section 9's dismay, the enigmatic government
operative known as Gohda is placed in charge of the operation.
Things begin to go disastrously wrong when a member of the
collaborating Self-Defence Force unexpectedly begins firing
his weapon at a group of refugees.
Food: During the ongoing investigations in the activities
of the Individual Eleven, Section 9 apprehends a man called
Kawashima. Placing him under 24-hour surveillance, Batou and
Togusa learn that Section 1 also wants Kawashima. Could he
really be one of the Individual Eleven?
include staff interviews with character designers Takayuki
Goto and Tetsuta Nishio, and trailers for other Manga releases.
still at a loss as to why the Ghost in the Shell releases
insist on being spread across two discs (with all four episodes
on both discs). Disc one has both Japanese and English stereo
and 5.1 soundtracks, and disc two has a Japanese and English
DTS mix. With only around 80 minutes of actual episode time
I can't work out why this needs to be spread across two discs.
is not a disc that allows you to switch off your brain. You'll
need to be paying attention if you want to follow what is
going on on the screen. Those that have been following this
series will not be disappointed.