Thought I'd do some ghost in the shell research.

Ghost in the shell

Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex


Who made this show?

Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex is a co-production of Production I.G., Bandai Visual, and Bandai Visual USA. If you want to know who does what on the show, here's an incomplete list of the show's staff.

[Original Story]
Masamune Shirow
[Planning]
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Production I.G.)
Shigeru Watanabe (Bandai Visual)
[Director]
Kenji Kamiyama
[Screenplays]
Shotaro Suga
Yoshiki Sakurai
Dai Sato
Jun ichi Fujisaki
Nobutoshi Terado
[Character Designs]
Hajime Shimomura
[Mechanical Designs]
Kenji Teraoka
Yukinobu Tsuneki
[Art Director]
Yusuke Takeda
[Director of Photography]
Hiroshi Tanaka
[Editing]
Jun Ichi Uematsu
[Music]
Yoko Kanno
[Producer]
Yunichiro Matsuka


Who is in the voice cast?
Most of the actors from the original film reprise their roles in Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex. A partial cast-list is below. Additional roles follow the actors name in parentheses.
Matoko Kusanagi
Atsuko Tanaka
(Kusanagi in both SaC and the theatrical film. Will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. Also appeared as: Saeko Misaki in WXIII: Patlabor the Movie III, and Yuka Myras in Mobile Suit Victory Gundam.)
Aramaki
Tamio Oki
(Aramaki in both SaC and the theatrical film. Will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. Also appeared as: Professor Tachibana in Roujin Z, Dr. Wooler in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and Guildenstern in Onimusha: Warlords(videogame).)
Batou
Akio Otsuka
(Batou in both SaC and the theatrical film. Will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. Also appeared as: Jinei Udo in Ruroni Kenshin, Nobunaga in Onimusha Warlords, Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid (videogame), Rai-Dei the Blade in Trigun, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII in Lupin III.)
Togusa
Koichi Yamadera
(Togusa in both SaC and the theatrical film. Will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. Also apppeared as: Captain Harlock in Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey, Donald Duck/Beast/Mushu/Sebastian in Kingdom Hearts (videogame), Spike Speigel in Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door and the Cowboy Bebop television series, and literally about 60 other roles...)
Ishikawa
Hiroshi Nakano
(Also appeared as: Leara's Father in Wolf's Run, and Lloyd in Zone of the enders (OVA))
Tachikoma
Rei Sakuma
(Also appeared as: Iselia Jo'o in Valkyrie Profile (videogame), Sakura in Pokemon, Leona Ozuki in Dominion: Tank Police, Shampoo in Ranma 1/2, Funaho in Tenchi Muyo , Fianna in Record of Lodoss War, and Kazumi Amano in Gunbuster)
Saito
Toru Okawa
(Also appeared as: Ryu in Street Fighter III: The New Generation)
Paz
Takashi Onozuka
Borma
Taro Yamaguchi


Who sings that beautiful theme song, and what are the lyrics?

The SaC theme song is called 'Inner Universe' and is sung by a Russian vocalist named Origa, who is apparently popular in Japan. Information about her on the Internet is very hard to come by, however...after about an hour of searching, I completely failed to turn up anything other than small blurbs about her Japanese import CD's.


As for the lyrics, they're mostly in Russian.


1970 October 12th, it is born in Russian & Novosibirsk city. The music school after the graduating in 1991 December for home stay it visited Japan, in Sapporo city 3 months staying in opportunity it tied ROAD&SKY and contract in 1993, 1994 May 25th album ' ORIGA ' with Toshiba EMI (Inc.) from decorated measure debut. In 1995, besides the fact that high quiet style album ' repeat performances III ' it participated as the chorus, of the main vocal Mary of the Osaka and Kobe Kobe large earthquake disaster charity single ' our heart by the Hamada ministry our with The R&S Inspirations which on July 1st of the same year has become sale ' with you take charge. It participates in the work of the various artists to in addition to. Radio Japan (NHK international bureau) series ' JAPAN POP SCENE ' (year 4 time) being similar to 1996, world wide also activity has gone e.g., you take charge of personality, introduce the Japanese music scene. Live in the form which eradicates usual live concept went e.g., other than the hole concert which designates Tokyo as the center as a live activity, the Roppongi veteran business ' U. GOTO Florist ' at the 2nd anniversary commemoration party, it does acoustic live it is surrounded in the flower on 1997 October 3rd. Other than Tokyo, also with every place one such as Nagoya and Nemuro has gone energetically. 2nd single ' which on 1998 July 23rd had become sale ', age of TBS drama ' blue ' it became opening theme, called topic. On September 23rd of the same year the album which adds the same tune to the bonus track/truck ' eternity. ' It sold, poured extolment from each direction and it appeared for the first time in as a Russian pop album. Furthermore in the form which receives that first best album ' The Best of ORIGA ' release, presently on 1999 October 14th the favorable sale is shown. After that it became opportunity of heeling music boom, ' Feel ' it is picked up, movie ' princess ', TV animation ' attack shell riot squad STAND ALONE COMPLEX ' it participates with CM etc of subject song and JR Tokai as VOCALIST. The original album ' ERA OF QUEENS which becomes 5 year inclination ' it announces to 2003 November.

Inner Universe (Russian)
Angely i demony kruzhili nado mnoj
Razbivali ternii i zvyozdnye puti
Ne znaet schast'ya tol'ko tot,
Kto ego zova ponyat' ne smog...


I am Calling Calling now,Spirits rise and falling
Soboj ostat'sya dol'she...
Calling Calling, in the depth of longing
Soboj ostat'sya dol'she...


Stand alone... Where was life when it had a meaning...
Stand alone... Nothing's real anymore and...
...Beskonechnyj beg...
Poka zhiva ya mogu starat'sya na letu ne upast',
Ne razuchit'sya mechtat'...lyubit'...
...Beskonechnyj beg...


Calling Calling, For the place of knowing
There's more that what can be linked
Calling Calling, Never will I look away
For what life has left for me
Yearning Yearning, for what's left of loving


Soboj ostat'sya dol'she...
Calling Calling now, Spirits rise and falling
Soboj ostat'sya dol'she...
Calling Calling, in the depth of longing
Soboj ostat'sya dol'she...


Inner Universe (English)
Angels and demons were circling above me
Breaking the hardships and starry ways
The only one who doesn't know the happiness
is the one who couldn't understand his call


I am Calling Calling now, Spirits rise and falling
To stay myself longer...
Calling Calling, in the depth of longing
To stay myself longer...


Stand alone...Where was life when it had a meaning...
Stand alone...Nothing's real anymore and...


...Endless run...
While I'm alive, I can try not to fall while flying,
Not to forget how to dream... how to love
...Endless run...


Calling Calling, For the place of knowing
There's more that what can be linked
Calling Calling, Never will I look away
For what life has left for me
Yearning Yearning, for what's left of loving


To stay myself longer...
Calling Calling now, Spirits rise and falling
To stay myself longer...
Calling Calling, in the depth of longing
To stay myself longer...

Synopsis



In the near future society is super saturated with technology. It is a society in which artificial intelligence is more than an artifact of the imagination, users plug directly into the internet, and cybernetically enhanced agents police the activities of those who are plugged in. It is the officers of Section 9, typically under the direction of Major Kusanagi Motoko, that uphold the rule of law on the information highway here. And it is here that the Major and the agents of Section 9 get inevitably drawn into the tangle of events surrounding the Laughing Man case, a cyber-crime case in which not all is as it seems.


What is the official episode name listing?

Here it is, straight from the Production I.G. Message Boards GITS, along with the relevant release date. Each episode has two names, a proper title and a subtitle. The SA/C nomenclature denotes SA=Stand Alone and C=Complex (episodes designated SA are 'Stand alone' episodes, whilst those designated C are tied in with the Laughing Man storyline):


01 (Oct02) - SA : Public Peace, SECTION 9
02 (Oct02) - SA : Proof of Recklessness, TESTATION
03 (Nov02) - SA : A Small Rebellion, ANDROID AND I
04 (Nov02) - C : The Visual Device Laughs, INTERCEPTER
05 (Dec02) - C : The Inviting Bird will Chant, DECOY
06 (Dec02) - C : The Copycat Dances, MEME
07 (Jan03) - SA : Idolatry, IDOLATER
08 (Jan03) - SA : The Fortunate Ones, MISSING HEARTS
09 (Feb03) - C : The man That Lurks in the Darkness of the Net, CHAT CHAT CHAT
10 (Feb03) - SA : A Perfect Day for a Jungle Cruise, JUNGLE CRUISE
11 (Mar03) - C : Inside the Forest of the Sub-Imagoes, PORTRAITZ
12 (Mar03) - SA : Tachikoma Runaway; A movie Director's Dream, ESCAPE FROM
13 (Apr03) - SA : Not Equal Terrorist, NOT EQUAL
14 (Apr03) - SA : Automated Capitalism
15 (May03) - SA : Time of the Machines, MACHINES SIRANTES
16 (May03) - SA : Chinks in the Armor of the Heart, Ag2O
17 (Jun03) - SA: The True Reason For The Unfinished Love Affair, ANGELS' SHARE
18 (Jun03) - SA: Assassination Duet, LOST HERITAGE
19 (Jul03) - SA: Embraced by a Disguised Net, CAPTIVATED
20 (Jul03) - C : Vanished Medication, RE-VIEW
21 (Aug03) - C : Left-Behind Trace, ERASER
22 (Aug03) - C : Corporate Graft, SCANDAL
23 (Sep03) - C : The Other End of Good and Evil, EQUINOX
24 (Sep03) - C : Sunset in the Lonely City, ANNIHILATION
25 (Oct03) - C : Rain of Bullets, BARRAGE
26 (Oct03) - C : Security Police Section 9 Once Again, STAND ALONE COMPLEX


Will there be any more episodes of GitS: SAC?
There already are Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2ND GIG began airing in January of 2004. These episodes will not be covered in this Episiode Guide, but will be covered in a subsequent guide.


Character guide



ARAMAKI DAISUKE
The wise and powerful Head of Section 9, Aramaki relies upon his many international and corporate contacts to supply his team with the information they need to get the job done. Though he commands a great deal of respect, he is occasionally called Monkey Man by his subordinates (perhaps because of his unconventional hairstyle). Seldom directly involved in police actions, he is nonetheless constantly working behind the scenes to coordinate the efforts of his agents, making quick and authoritative decisions and maintaining tight control of Kusanagi.


MAJOR MOTOKO KUSANAGI
Section 9's Tactical Commander and second in command, Major Kusanagi suffered from a medical condition which necessitated that her brain be transplanted to a cybernetic body at a very young age. Although her proficiency with the artificial body is highly advanced, she is still haunted by the childhood memories of her own inability to master the more subtle intricacies of its operation - emotions she hides beneath her stoic demeanor.


BATOU
The muscle behind Section 9 and Major Kusanagi's frequent partner, Batou is a committed and serious agent when engaged in a mission, and a good companion and occasional comedian when he's not. Like most of Section 9's team, Batou possesses a cyberbrain. In addition, he has cybernetically enhanced eyes. When not on duty, Batou spends much of his time exercising in the gym to enhance his considerable physique.


TOGUSA
With an implanted sub-brain as his only cybernetic augmentation, and a wife and child at home, Togusa is something of an anomaly within the ranks of Section 9 (where most of the staff is at least 50% artificial). Also unlike most of the other agents who were primarily recruited from the military, Togusa was handpicked for employment in Section 9 by Kusanagi from the police department. Adept at investigative work, he often is used to infiltrate suspicious organizations. He also has a penchant for using archaic 20th century firearms.

SAITO
Section 9's sharpshooter, Saito is a cool, highly professional specialist practiced in the use of long-range weapons and tactics. He favors the .50 caliber sniper rifle and can use the cybernetic magnification scope hidden in his left eye to uplink with a GPS satellite for additional accuracy.

ISHIKAWA
The oldest member of Section 9 except for Aramaki, Ishikawa is a cool and composed intelligence agent whose activities seldom require active fieldwork. An accomplished hacker, he spends most of his time quietly gathering information from the net.


TACHIKOMA
There are currently eight Tachikoma model robots in the command of Section 9. These highly maneuverable, spider-like machines possess an advanced Artificial Intelligence which allows them a great degree of autonomous activity. Highly mobile and equipped with numerous helpful devices and weapons, including therm-optic camouflage, the Tachikomas operate as mobile, sentient Swiss Army knives.


Japanese staff
Director: Kenji Kamiyama


Release Date(Japan):
October'02-December'03


Screenplay:
Hiroshi Satô
Jun'ichi Fujisaki
Shôtarô Suga
Yoshiki Sakurai


Original Manga: Masamune Shirow


Character Design:
Hajime Shimomura
Makoto Shimomura


Art director: Yusuke Takeda


Mechanical design:
Kenji Teraoka
Shinobu Tsuneki


3D Director: Makoto Endo


Director of Photography:
Hiroshi Tanaka
Koji Tanaka
Background Art: Hiroshi Kato


Chief Writer: Kenji Kamiyama


Color Setup: Yumiko Katayama


Editing: Jun'ichi Uematsu


Lyrics:
Origa (OP 1-2)
Shanti Snyder (OP 1/ED 2)
Tim Jensen (ED 1/OP 2)


Music: Yoko Kanno


Music Director: Yoshimoto Ishikawa


Music producer: Toshiaki Ohta


Planning:
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Shigeru Watanabe


Producer:
Charles McCarter
Kaoru Mfaume
Tsutomu Sugita
Yuichiro Matsuka


Production Design Model: Hiroshi Kato


Series Composition: Kenji Kamiyama


Sound director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi


Sound Effects: Daisuke Jinbo


Special Effects: Masahiro Murakami


Theme Song Performance:
Origa (OP 1-2)
Scott Matthew (ED 1)
Steve Conte (ED 2)
Work Cooperation: Masamune Shirow


English staff


ADR Director:
Kevin Seymour
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn


Script: Mary Mason


Executive producer:
Ken Iyadomi (Bandai Entertainment)
Marvin Gleicher (Manga Entertainment)


Producer: Rika Davis


Japanese cast


Atsuko Tanaka as Motoko Kusanagi


Akio Ohtsuka as Bateau


Hiroshi Nakano as Ishikawa
Kouichi Yamadera as Togusa


Osamu Saka as Daisuke Aramaki


Sakiko Tamagawa as Tachikoma


Takashi Onozuka as Pazu


Tar Yamaguchi as Boma


Toru Okawa as Saito


English cast


Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Motoko Kusanagi


Crispin Freeman as Togusa


Dave Wittenberg as Saito
Richard Epcar as Bateau



Series
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma Days
Ghost in the Shell: Nyuumon Arise


Movies


Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2.0
Ghost in the Shell: Innoncence
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven - Tachikoma Days
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man - Tachikoma Days
Ghost in the Shell: Uchikomatic Days
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Another Mission
Ghost in the Shell: Arise border:less project - WORKING HIGH
Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Logicoma Specials