Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexTV, ep.26 (~25 min.), 2002
Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful but deadly cyborg that is squad leader of Section 9-the Japanese government's clandestine unit assigned to battle terrorism and cyber warfare. Surrounded by an expertly trained team, Motoko faces her ultimate challenge- the Laughing Man - a Terrorist who orchestrated a kidnapping and extortion plot many years ago and has suddenly reappeared. In order to discover the identity of this enigmatic criminal, Motoko and Section 9 are drawn into a deadly labyrinth and they ll have to use all their expertise to survive.
In the not so distant future, mankind has advanced to a state where complete body transplants from flesh to machine is possible. This allows for great increases in both physical and cybernetic prowess and blurring the lines between the two worlds. However, criminals can also make full use of such technology, leading to new and sometimes, very dangerous crimes. In response to such innovative new methods, the Japanese Government has established Section 9, an independently operating police unit which deals with such highly sensitive crimes.
Led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 deals with such crimes over the entire social spectrum, usually with success. However, when faced with a new A level hacker nicknamed "The Laughing Man," the team is thrown into a dangerous cat and mouse game, following the hacker's trail as it leaves its mark on Japan.
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.
Related anime:Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV, 2002
Ghost in the Shell Movie, 1995, Alternative setting
Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma na Hibi Bonus, 2002, Spin-off
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG TV, 2004, Sequel
Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man Movie, 2005, Summary
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man Special, 2005, Summary
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma no Hibi Fan Disc Special, 2004, Side story
Related manga:Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Novel, 2006, Adaptation
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Manga, 2009, Adaptation
Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man Manga, 2013, Adaptation