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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.

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Hajime SHIMOMURA Character Design
Makoto SHIMOMURA Character Design
Kenji KAMIYAMA Director
Yoko KANNO Music
Masamune SHIROW Original Manga Creator
Tsutomu SUGITA Producer
Yuichiro MATSUKA Producer
Charles MCCARTER Producer
Kaoru MFAUME Producer

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex CoulterRail 10/10 Apr 3, 2014
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In the future, a system called Sibyl presides over the country and provides order to every facet of life. It dictates which job fields citizens should go into based on aptitude tests, and can even read each resident's mental state and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future. Fresh from exams, Akane Tsunemori is beginning her career as an Inspector, a specialized police officer who works to apprehend these latent criminals and stop crimes before they happen. But not all that get caught are eliminated or jailed, some join the police force as Enforcers to provide insight into criminals’ minds, and Akane is warned not to get too close to them, as they're considered little more than hunting dogs. Though skeptical of this advice, and Sibyl's judgement, Akane is determined to work together with her Enforcers to protect the peace of her city and its inhabitants.

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The Project I.G. signature is all over the place.

Using the elements of Ghost in the Shell to depict the investigation by "dog hounds" against perpetrators human or machines, the home virtualisation tool similar to the one in AppleSeed are just mere example of the depiction of its signature.

The setting is very similar to GITS as well and technically this the best Production I.G. work which started on the TV screen with Patlabor and GITS.


Both have a similar theme. While GitS is a well known classic Psycho Pass aren't that mature and weak on some points. Yet still it they share many similar things and worth watching.


These anime have slightly different styles of storytelling, but they are both anime about police forces that directly deal with crimes shaped by the world they live in. And the world the characters live in is different from modern society due to the invention of a certain technology (prosthetics in Ghost in the Shell and the Psycho-pass in...Psycho-Pass).


Both are futuristic cop anime, with an interesting mental element to them. Stunning scenery and dark settings, both pose question about the way technology is progressing and how this could interfere with our personal freedoms.


Very similar in animation and artistry. The complex societal idealism keeps the watcher thinking and not to mention the intense action that'll keep you wanting more. They both share underlying themes of how over technological the future may become.  If you like one, you'll love the other.


Very similar themes, both follow government organisations trying to stop crimes in a cyber world very different from the one we know.


Both Ghost in the Shell and Psycho-pass are excellent futuristic sci-fi revolving around a team of detectives that confront big social questions. Ghost in the Shell is about the tricky relationship between humans and the technology they so desperately rely on. Psycho-pass, on the other hand, asks us how far we would go to repress the negative side of the human personality. They have a similar serious tone and present a cast of really intriguing characters (note, both pull of excellent complex antagonists). GitS is episodic for a significant portion whereas Psycho-pass has one plot thread running throughout, but you will be equally satisfied by how each weaves its world and the moral dilemmas that ensue.


Both these series are futuristic sci-fi shows that follow a group of law enforcers that end up tackling massive social questions and conspiracies. They differ in their plots, with Psycho Pass being about the lengths humanity will go to in order to eliminate crime, ill-will and hatred. GitS on the other hand is more about humans and their relationship with technology. Both series have a set of really well fleshed out characters, and an especially brilliant antagonist. 


Both are futuristic adult cop dramas that have a darker theme. If you liked the deep conversions and discussions about advancements in technology and see how they may affect future generations, and the little but meaningful action that proceeded in psyco-pass then GITS is for you. Gits is more polished and stylish but both could almost happen in the same timeline/universe.


The main reason you might like Ghost in the Shell after watching Psycho-Pass (or the other way around...) is obviously the fact that they are both futuristic and deal with issues in cyber world. The build up of the both series is quite similar as well and the serious, gloomy(ish) atmosphere.


Both series are a sci-fi style futureistic police series. Whilst they actually have quite different methods of story telling and tackling cases they are actually quite a like when boiled down to the crunch. Whilst Psycho-pass has a more one fixed crime focus (with story and branch crimes as it goes) and ghost in the shell has a more variety they are very similar in the core works. The two series are actually very alike, not just because the futuristic settings but the story and how the series handle situations (as police).


Production I.G know how to make good sci-fi.


This alone for the correlation of the Laughing Man story arc to what Makashima's character is in Psycho Pass. The perceived villain is very masked, and elusive through most of the story progression. Both have the dystopic "it works for the greater good" society that as soon as you peel back the paint is a measure of things that are broken and abused - making the purpose of the main characters relevant to the progression of the story. 


Both are detective/futuristic/cyber punk shows that dive deep into theroies on humanity and the responses to technology.

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Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy are both amazing series for a lot of the same reasons. They are both set in the future, where robot technology is rampant and where humans are no more than numbers. Ergo Proxy also has an animation style close to Ghost in the Shell.


Both Ergo Proxy and GITS: SAC are anime that have an element of action in them, but also focus on very intricate plot. The theme that links together these two series is that of existentialism, mainly focused through the female protagonists of both shows.

Another prominent shared theme running throughout both anime is that of the dystopian worlds they are both set in. While the episodes in GITS: SAC are more "stand alone" than those in Ergo Proxy, if you liked one, you should at least be interested in the other.


Being a lover of dark looking anime, I can not do anything less than recommend in a pretty strong way this seriesI can assure you that both of them will make you have that ...what da' heck is happening here? - feeling

Another characteristic they share is the attractive, detective-like, female leading person wich gets involved with everykind of underground info.

Also if you're in the human-cyborg-relation-in-a-future-world mood this pair is exactly what you are looking for! Both of them totally worth of your time!


Although Ergo Proxy has a slightly "darker" mood to it, both of those animes are similiar in many ways. Future of humanity which relies every aspect of its life on machines and AI. Lots of gun shooting, mysterious plot that gets you hooked before you realise it. If you liked one of them, you'll definetely like the other one.


Ergo proxy and GITS: SAC show a cyberpunk view of a futuristic society, fully recomended for cyberpunk lovers :D.The storylines have several similarities, for example the police environment, the woman main character ( Lil or the Major), the tech-invasive human interventions, etc.


Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy both share a similar cyberpunk theme altough they both follow different paths (I will not spoil it for you). The most similar thing in both Animes is the way many of the characters question themselves about their existence and possible humanity, the shows are all about psychological, futuristic and existencial plotlines with stunning visuals and soundtracks, you can't miss these masterpieces if enjoy the hole cyberpunk scene.


Both of these are very clever series featuring a great mix of cyberpunk, sci-fi, action, mystery and philosophy. Besides, both have stunning female leads.

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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Movie (1 ep x 102 min)
  • 2000

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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Lots of action, special-ops, and guns. What else could you ask for? And the animation is outstanding.
Although Jin-Roh focuses more on character development than Stand Alone Complex does, it's also about political struggles (and corruption) between governmental agencies and criminals, which Stand Alone Complex also deals with alot. Both titles share a certain "dangerous detective work" mood, so if you don't mind being given something to ponder after you're done with it, Jin-Roh would be a good choice.
Both GITS:SAC and Jin-Roh let their cyberpunk roots hang out with both considering technology's effect on society and government. While Jin-Roh has a decidely more somber tone they both can at times be very grim.

Both Jin-Roh and GitS:SAC thrust their viewers into the midst of a fast-paced, and at times disorienting, world of futuristic politics and counter-terrorism. Viewers who enjoy unlocking the dense intellectualism of either show, and appreciate the heart-pounding action that serves to break up what would otherwise be recondite, will surely enjoy the other.


Aside from the superficial similarities (which might be lumped into the category of 'futuristic law enforcement), both GITS: SAC and Jin Roh share some similar themes. They take a look not only into the nature of society, but also at what it means to be human.

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Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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If you're the type who likes an "open series" anime, meaning that each episode is not a "to be continued" story, then you will like both Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Both center around an agency type group who carry out a new task in every other episode.


The future is what matters in Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell. Cowboy Bebop has the same action and great music that Ghost in the Shell had, as well as great character development. The opening of Cowboy Bebop might just make you a new jazz fan, while the ending mellows you out. The main character, Spike, will keep you thrilled every time he gets into a fight. Ride along with the cowboy and have fun!


If characters from anime series could be reincarnated, then CB and GITS:SAC provide a perfect example. I'm sure if Spike and Jet combined into a smart but reckless character, they'd be Batou; and if Ed were a machine, she'd definitely be a Tachikoma. CB has more comedy and GITS has more action, but both have great overall storylines... and honestly, who can resist Yoko Kanno soundtracks?


These animes are both thought provoking, and character oriented. Each series has several stand alone episodes intertwined within the entire story arc. If you like getting to know the characters and becoming attached to them, you will love this series.

Eden of the East

Eden of the East

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa', the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira's enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?

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They share the same director. There is some similarities in the futuristic technology as well. 


wow were to start! First off any one who loved eather series based off of the deep underlying social and political issues will love the other. bolth series deal with political,social,and worldly issues.GIT has more of a futuristic feel to it, but the computer and net theme are also in eden. i believe that Akira's charicter is very similar to that of The Laughing Man.

Also if you loved how beautiful the animation was in one of these series you will surely like the other. bolth shows had very good levels of detail to everything.Though i like the charicter desighns better in GITS.


If you like the political mumbo jumbo in GitS:SAC you can check out Eden of the East. And if you like Eden of the East, I recommend you to check out GitS.

In GitS:SAC the corrupt politicians do some really bad thing and then a hacker namely Laughing Man comes forward to unmask them and that leds Japan to frenzy.

In Eden of the East a business magnet gives twelve people a chance of a lifetime to make Japan a eden providing each of them with 10billion Yen and the political influence he gathered during his lifetime. I'm keeping the rest a secret.

Well, I think you are getting the hold of this.


The two biggest reasons why I reccommend these anime as similar are because of two big reasons, one being that the plots feel very simiar when you watch them. The main protagonist addressing social/political issues in Japan in a covert manner. And second is the element of realistic sci-fi that is present in both anime. While it's more of a focus in Ghost in the Shell, Eden is not without it's science fiction elements.

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