Ghost in the Shell
Stand Alone Complex
2nd GIG - Volume 5

Starring (voice): Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka and Akio Ohtsuka
Manga Entertainment
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 04 September 2006

The latest chapter in Masamune Shirow's ongoing and groundbreaking cyberpunk saga,
Ghost In The Shell, features four more thrilling episodes (17 to 20) detailing the exploits of Section 9...

Red Data: Kusanagi's pursuit of Kuze takes her across the sea to Taiwan, and straight into danger. After saving a boy on the run from the Mafia, the Major has little choice but to stay with him and the pair slowly gains one anothers respect. However, the boy's impetuous nature sees him try to deal with the Mafia alone, leading to big problems for the Major and her investigation.

Trans Parent: The Major and Batou are sent to Berlin to track down the international terrorist known only as "Angel Wing", but their appearance attracts attention from an unexpected source. A young wheelchair-bound girl is intrigued by Batou, and her curiosity is aroused as she awaits the annual visit of her father. As the day leading to her father's visit nears, her curiosity in this enigmatic stranger grows ever stronger.

Chain Reaction: Section 9 is back on the trail of the terrorist Kuze, hacking a refugee cyberbrain hub to trace him to the stronghold of Dejima. With tensions rising Dejima has declared its independence and it's into this hostile territory that the members of Section 9 must go if they have any chance of tracking down their man. However, the refugees seem to be expecting them, and it is clear that they won't be getting anywhere without a fight.

Fabricate Fog: Still on Kuze's trail, the battered Section 9 agents head to Etorofu and into another deadly situation. Kuze always seems to be one step ahead of them, but now things have taken a very serious turn. He and his followers have been trying to obtain nuclear material from the Russian Mafia, hoping that possessing nuclear arms will force Japan to recognise them. Section 9 may suspect that events are being manipulated from afar, but they have a race against time if they are to stop Kuze concluding the deal.

Extras include interview with Kenji Kamiyama (director), Atsuko Tanaka (Motoko) and Akio Ontsuka (Batou); interview with director Kenji Kamiyama (director), Koichi Yamadera (Togusa) and Taro Yamaguchi (Borma); and trailers for other releases.

Another entertaining addition to the Ghost in the Shell stable.

Ray Thompson

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