Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX, Kōkaku Kidōtai Sutando Arōn Konpurekkusu?, "Mobile Armored Riot Police: Stand Alone Complex") is an anime television series produced by Production I.G and based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell. It was written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, with original character design by Hajime Shimomura and a soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. It aired on Animax from October 1, 2002 to March 25, 2003 and was positively received by critics.
The series revolves around the members of Public Security Section 9 investigating a case on a corporate terrorist and elite hacker known as The Laughing Man. A series of associated short comic animations, titled Tachikomatic Days (タチコマな日々, Tachikoma na Hibi?), aired after each episode. These shorts star the Tachikoma "think-tanks" from the main series, and typically relate directly to the story of the preceding Stand Alone Complex episode.
The series was expanded with a second season titled Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG, which aired on Animax from January 1, 2004 to January 8, 2005 and a TV-film sequel titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society was released in 2006.
The first season was also adapted into a feature-length OVA titled The Laughing Man, which was released in 2005.
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