Ghost In The Shell
Stand Alone Complex
2nd GIG - Volume 4

Starring (voice): Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka and Akio Ohtsuka
Manga Entertainment
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 31 July 2006

The 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 fourth in the seven-volume series features four more episodes (13 to 16) detailing the exploits of Section 9...

Make Up: Kuze escapes from the Kyushu Tower as Section 9 continues the investigation into Kuze and the Individual Eleven. Only a handful of highly skilled specialists could have actually created Kuze's unique prosthetic face. They identify the prostheticist they believe treated Kuze and rush to his office to apprehend him, but it is too late. He has been murdered. The face of the murderer in the security video is revealed to be that of Section 9 team member, Paz! An imposter has been using his identity, but what is this person's connection to him and Kuze?

Poker Face: During a poker game, Saito recalls his first run-in with the Major and how he lost his eye. In the summer of 2020, he was fighting in Mexico as a mercenary with anti-government forces. The situation was going from bad to worse and the mercenaries were waiting for an opportunity to surrender. In the middle of this torment, Saito learns that an enemy special operations unit is secretly transporting nuclear material across enemy lines. In a strange twist of fate Saito has his first encounter with the young Kusanagi, who is a members of the very same special operation unit his is attempting to stop.

Pat: Some Tachikomas skip a maintenance protocol and initiate an investigation into the Individual Eleven on their own. Meanwhile, there is an explosion at the AI lab. Following the destruction of the lab, Professor Asuda goes missing. While investigating Asuda's disappearance, the Tachikomas experience a collective memory of the professor, but why? There is no record of Asuda in the Tachikomas' memory, so what connects him to them?

Another Chance: Ishikawa returns from the Peninsula, his investigation into Kuze revealing a number of shocking truths. In 2024 Kuze was part of the Self-Defence Forces dispatched by UN mandate to a small country on the Peninsula. What Kuze witnessed changed him forever and threatens to bring down the entire government. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is alerted to the existence of 'cyberbrain hubs' and the very serious implications they have for the ongoing refugee crisis.

Extras include interviews with Kenji Kamiyama (director), Toru Ohkawa (Saito) and Takashi Onozuka (Paz);and interview with Kenji Kamiyama (director), Sakiko Tamagawa (Tachikoma), Yutaka Nakano (Ishikawa).

Yet another cracking Ghost in the Shell release.

Ray Thompson

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