Feeds
70%
Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

Section 9 regroups for one more case

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Review First released in its native Japan in 2006, GITS:SAC:Solid State Society (to contract its convoluted full title) was not created for cinemas but as a feature-length original video animation (OVA) destined for TV broadcast and DVD sales.

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

GITS:SAC:Solid State Society gets the Blu-ray brush-up

Unquestionably the least-known instalment of the Ghost In The Shell anime franchise here in the West, Solid State Society has enjoyed considerable success in Japan with even a 3D cinema version being released last year.

For those less familiar with Ghost In The Shell, here’s a quick backgrounder. It’s a cyberpunk military police thriller set in a futuristic Japan in which cybernetic surgery has become commonplace. Originating as a late-1980s manga by Shirow Masamune, it follows the efforts of a covert police unit called Section 9 led by cyborg-babe ‘Major’ Kusanagi to deal with cybercrime and state security.

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Major Kusanagi enjoys the benefits of Section 9's private health insurance

A good-looking but po-faced movie adaptation of the manga was released to cinemas in 1995, followed nearly ten years later by the extraordinary, jaw-dropping, bladder-loosening, impenetrable mind-fuck that was Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence in 2004.

These spawned two immensely popular 26-episode TV series under the title Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex between 2002 and 2005. These provided a reboot of the scenario, inserting more variety and humour with unspeakably complex storylines concerning political intrigue, immigration and terrorism.

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Nissan designed these two concept cars for the film

Solid State Society continues the timeline from the end of the TV series, not the two cinema films. Kusanagi has resigned from Section 9 to be replaced by Togusa, the rookie cop from GITS:SAC. However, it soon transpires that his team and the freelance Kusanagi are chasing the same enigmatic cybercriminal ‘Puppeteer’ in a sprawling tale of hacking, cybernetic ethics, child abduction and social care for the elderly.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls
Filing suggests handset with display strips
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.