Ghost in the Shell
Stand Alone Complex
2nd GIG - Volume 7

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

Masamune Shirow's groundbreaking cyberpunk saga, Ghost In The Shell, reaches its breathtaking conclusion in Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig - Volume 7, featuring the final three episodes of this unmissable series...

The Prime Minister has been taken into custody, but her removal from office is being kept secret. As Aramaki and Togusa work to get to her so they can prevent a nuclear attack, in Dejima the military has already begun its assault. Meanwhile, the Major and the other operatives of Section 9 are trying their best to defuse the situation, while the injured Ishikawa attempts to deliver the rest of the plutonium to the authorities to prove their case.

During the fighting, the Major and Kuze become trapped beneath the rubble together and are informed by the Tachikomas that there is a nuclear submarine just out of sensor range. Batou, meanwhile, manages to convince the rangers who are pursuing them to stop fighting and listen to him. It is looking like things are finally starting to go Section 9's way, but the nuclear missile is still being prepared for launch.

Nuclear Power: After the Dejima Bridge is destroyed by refugees, a rumour starts to circulate that this has boosted their cause and they are planning to detonate a number of nuclear bombs. The Cabinet steps up its attacks against the city. Meanwhile Prime Minister Kayabuki has been arrested and taken to a secret location.

This Side of Justice: As the bombing of Dejima gets underway, the Major convinces Kuze to help her. However, the Self-Defense forces attack them and the duo end up trapped under the rubble. Meanwhile the Prime Minister is rescued.

Endless Gig: The Major and Kuze devise a plan that they believe will save the refugees. Because the chances of success are so slim, the Tachikomas ignore the plan and come up with a plan of their own.

Extras on this release include interviews with Kenji Kamiyama (director), Ken Nishida (Gohda) and Rikiya Koyama (Kuze); and trailers for other releases.

For those that have been following this series, this release is a fitting end to the show in its current incarnation.


Ray Thompson

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