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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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Name Role
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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Title Author Score Date
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex CoulterRail 10/10 Apr 3, 2014
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex mustardbomb 3/10 Sep 15, 2012
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex UncannyDoom 9.5/10 Jun 29, 2012
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