Japan 2030 and female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi operates
as a key agent of Section 9 of internal security under Chief
Aramaki. Together with her support crew she must tackle the
numerous threats facing Japan...
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
contains only three episode (Eraser, Scandal and
Eraser, the shoot-out at the Sunflower Society offices
has left Togusa hospitalised and in a critical condition.
His Section 9 colleagues manage to get to the hospital in
time to access a memory grab from his cyber-brain and view
the events that led up to his ambush by the Narcotics Suppression
Squad. The information leads the team to a government official
by the name of Imakurusu Hisashi, who is in hiding and may
hold a clue to unravelling the entire Laughing Man case.
After a shoot-out with the Narcotics Suppression Squad and
the arrest of its team leader, Gayle, Section 9 must face
the subsequent political fallout and repercussions. Meanwhile,
Kusanagi seeks to repair her prosthetic body, severely damaged
during a battle with Gayle and a MSDF 303 mobile battle suit.
During the repair process she discovers that someone is deliberately
tampering with her programs and that her life is in peril.
Equinox, Section 9 focuses its attention on an extremely
powerful and corrupt politician who Aramaki suspects was behind
the assassination of Imakurusu Hisashi and the attempt on
Kusanagi's life. The investigation leads Section 9 back to
the Laughing Man kidnapping incident of six years ago. The
final piece in the puzzle appears to be the President of Serrano
Genomics Inc., the man who was held at gunpoint by the Laughing
Man during the stand-off.
include interviews with Junichi Fujisaki, Yoshiki Sakurai
and Noauyasu Terato (screenwriters); interviews with Jai Sato,
Shotaro Suga (screenwriters); character profiles;
In The Shell
video game trailer; a nightmarishly difficult quiz; In Conversation
With Richard Epcar; and a DTS soundtrack.
at a loss as to why this (as all other releases in this series)
DVD is released as a 2-disc set. The episodes are repeated
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 one hour of actual episode time I can't
work out why this needs to be spread across two discs. They
managed to include the same number of audio tracks (including
DTS) as well as a 40 minute 'making of' featurette on the
recent release of Millennium
Actress, so why couldn't they manage to do
the same here?
the English soundtrack is pretty good, I did feel that the
actors had a little too much dialogue. There were a number
of long speeches where the actors seemed to race their way
through without drawing a breath.
in the Shell fans won't be disappointed, but if you're
new to this series, now is not the time to tune in.