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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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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h1dd3n h1dd3n says...

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.

zethib zethib says...

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.

NStorm NStorm says...

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.

lampshade4091 lampshade4091 says...

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).

Drasticc Drasticc says...

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.

Jaedia Jaedia says...

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

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

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.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

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. 

zorro2013 zorro2013 says...

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.

DreamMonster DreamMonster says...

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.

Madoka Madoka says...

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).

Shent Shent says...

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

godcheese godcheese says...

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. 

CoulterRail CoulterRail says...

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

animaniacs animaniacs says...

Both are police procedural dramas set in cyberpunk dystopian futures. They also both explore interesting psychological themes.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both are futuristic crime solving animes involving intelligent criminals who the investigators should uncover their truth and bring them to justice in their own way.

They both can at times have dark atmosphere and show the effects of technology on the society and how much humans are becoming like machines.

Airotia Airotia says...

Psycho-Pass and the entirety of the Ghost in the Shell series have a lot in common. They are both set in futuristic, cyber-punk worlds with cyborgs, robots, androids, and the main characters of each also focus on detective or police work. They have villains who consider their society to be dystopian and wish to change it in meaningful ways. The villain of Psycho-Pass is more hands-on and less mysterious, though still intriguing, while Ghost in the Shell's "Laughing Man" is an ever-expanding mystery.

If I were to give a big difference between the two, I'd say that Ghost in the Shell is much more intellectual than Psycho-Pass. In my opinion, that intellectual factor comes off a little high-handed at times -- at a lot of points, it seems like Ghost in the Shell could be improved with more simplicity rather than the overly complex dialogue which seems to have the end goal of specifically confusing the audience. Psycho-Pass focuses more on relationships between the main cast as well, and the nature of "humanity" and the effect that the society has on humanity.

If you enjoyed Psycho-Pass and want more cyberpunk detectives, Ghost in the Shell has both more cyberpunk and more investigation -- but chances are, you'll need to really focus on the dialogue to get the full effect. If you liked Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass is a little simpler but has a similar world and more dystopian themes.

sothis sothis says...

GITS:SAC and Psycho-Pass were definitely cut from the same cloth. Gritty, futuristic worlds where technology is at the forefront of society, where choices such as choosing cybernetic parts can have dangerous rammifications, and where a police force is tasked with solving insidious, oft-brutal crimes. They deviate in some ways but the setting, animation and overall feel will be familiar in both titles. 

From the New World

From the New World

One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?

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Iro Iro says...

Intense would be the word I would use to describe these two animes.

Psycho pass and Shinsekai Yori are both gripping dramas that occur in an dystopian future. They both raise some interesting questions about what would be a right or wrong choice when the world has moved so far ahead that conventional standards no longer apply. Would it be easy making the seemly "right" choice when it could result in countless deaths in the future? There are no easy answers, and these animes will have you glued to your seats as you watch the protagonist come to grips with these terms.

h1dd3n h1dd3n says...

Both have strong female leads that develop as the series goes on.  Both provide haunting futures for humanity, that have the veil of utopia stripped away by the thought provoking antagonists.

GeorgeJQ GeorgeJQ says...

Both are very different animes compared to what is usually the norm, and have some type of deeper meaning and make you question societal conventions. Shinsekai Yori is a bit harder to understand, while Psycho Pass appeals more to the mass market.

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these animes take place in dystopian futures where a strong female protagonist and her comrades go through a mysterious, action-packed journey to discover the secrets behind the truth of their worlds. Thought-provoking themes and character complexities place these towards mature audiences and will thrill viewers with the depravity and darker aspects of their storytelling.

popmik popmik says...

both animes have these underlying philosophical questions of what's right and wrong while being packed with action, both animes are a must watch if you're into complex stories

Bloc97 Bloc97 says...

Both of them ask very profound philosophical questions about what is right and wrong, and questions the ethics/morals of their and our society.

There is also enough suspense and action in both to not be tedious to watch.

Octalei Octalei says...

It will capture you from the first episode. It will have a grip on your heart as you debate between which is the lesser of the two evils. It will make you question your own morals, as you experience what the mains have gone through and what they do not know, but you do. But most of all it will make you think about yourself and what you do to effect the world. 

padsew padsew says...

At their core, these two series revolve around a seemingly utopian future where latent troublemakers are taken into custody before they end up hurting others. Psycho-Pass and From The New World follow the story of a strong female protagonist who happen to play a key role in the antagonist's plan to destroy the flawed system that has been set in motion. 

To wrap this up, both shows study the consequences of a world where citizens are corrupted by fear and how easily they accept their fate as pawns of a superficially perfect world.

SleazySnorlax SleazySnorlax says...

Both are worlds that you know little about and the more you learn the more the world goes from a utopia to a distopia. Also both have a fair amount of mental warfare as well at physical so botha re great although i prefer from the new world,

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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snivets snivets says...

What strikes me as similar about Death Note and Psycho-pass is that they both ask similar heavy questions about justice and the treatment of criminals. The premise in both revolves around a method of controlling crime before it happens, and the human drama that follows revolves largely around the police and their role in society.

Scythe13 Scythe13 says...

The central themes of justice and revenge, as well as treatment of criminals and the justice system in geneal, are present in both.  If you enjoy anime that make you think on larger scale issues, chances are you'll enjoy both.

zorro2013 zorro2013 says...

Both are darker psychological thrillers. The settings are different, one modern....one futuristic, but both are about fictional moral systems, and the cat and mouse game that follows.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows are very psycological, violent, and focus on two brilliant men hunting each other.  If you enjoyed watching two people trying to out-think each other, then these shows both do that extremely well.

TeeDeeDubYa TeeDeeDubYa says...

These two may not seem similar at face.  They sure as hell don't have similar plots.  However these anime's are both well drawn, animated, and are very dialogue heavy. These both have pretty badass unique story lines and you're not sure who the bad guy is either.  Something that doesn't happen very often in modern anime is a strong male character.. here's two animes have em.  I'd recommend this anime to anyone who doesn't suck :).

Kelose Kelose says...

Both are suspense thrillers that focus on the exploits of vain morally questionable geniuses. Death Note is seen through the eyes of the villain while Psycho-Pass is seen through the eyes of the hero. They contrast each other nicely and could conceivably have been set in the same world.

Witch Hunter Robin

Witch Hunter Robin

STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...

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bokusenou bokusenou says...

Psycho-pass has technology, and Witch Hunter Robin has magic, but they both are fairly dark, gritty takes on the police procedural genre, and both show the depths people can sink to when they have power.

snivets snivets says...

When police organizations use a member of a group to hunt down other members of that same group, things always get interesting. The plot of these two anime revolve around the drama that is created in exactly that situation, and offer a dark take on questions of right and wrong.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

There are not enough ways to describe how similar these shows are.  Psycho-Pass is basically an updated version of Witch Hunter Robin.  A group of people, marginalized from society, tracking down others who have distubed the peace.  They use special weapons that others can't use and look for criminals doing surprisingly similar crimes.  The morality of the whole system that they base their world on is constantly called into question.  There are many more themes and ideas in common (I even think some of the same voice actors were used), but it is definitely safe to say that if you liked one you will absolutely like the other.

sothis sothis says...

I don't understand why this recommendation isn't the top pairing for both series. Saying WHR and Psycho-Pass are similar is the understatement of the decade. Organization trying to track down criminals (regular vs witches)? Check. Criminals tasked with helping the police to take down their own kind, with suspicion on both sides about motives? Check. Doubt about certain aspects of the system and horrible stuff thought to go on behind the scenes? Check. These are both gritty titles that question how far the law should reach to keep society in check, and the morality that goes along with it. Both are gorgeous in their own way, albeit Psycho-Pass is definitely the more levelled-up, modern version of the two in all levels (animation, violence level, audio, etc). I don't see how it's possible that you'd dislike one if you liked the other.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

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anosora anosora says...

When I watched the first ep of tokyo kushu I was greatly reminded of psycho-pass because they both entail a dark story. They're both very bloody, violent, and tell a tragedy that follows either Kogami or Kaneki. These two animes are extremely similar and have a more mature theme than majority of the high school age animes. The main characters are always fighting themselves of what is the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do. As they are both branded as evil by their contemporary society, and yet both try to find light and justice in whichever ways they possibly can. 

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Tonally dark, a splash of violence and gore, OST's that compliment the show perfectly, morally grey characters and a more mature story telling style than other shows in the genre - These are just some of the similarities that make this an easy recommendation to make straight off the bat. 

zorlop zorlop says...

yeah these both fill that sense of violence, eerieness and suspenseful action that could leave you wondering who would live or who would die

theSentinel theSentinel says...

Though they were made by different studios, they almost seem like they were created by the same writer.  If you liked one you will definitely like the other.