Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

2002 TV-MA 2 seasons

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

2002 TV-MA 2 seasons
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This manga-inspired anime follows the intrepid Section 9 security force in their ongoing efforts to battle crime and cyberterrorism -- and in a futuristic Japan gone cyberpunk, there are plenty such battles to wage.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2002) - 7 discs

Female cyborg Maj. Motoko Kusanagi and her team of Japanese police, Section 9, must decipher the secret behind a spate of android suicides, stop a far-reaching hacker conspiracy, solve a hostage extortion situation and more.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this mature anime series is a fairly intelligent example of what science fiction is capable of, it's not for those who take their sci-fi lightly. It's extremely dense and complicated -- following the plot requires lots of effort -- which means it's likely to appeal most to teens and adults who are already deeply committed to the genre. Those who watch can expect frequent violence (including suicide bombings and terrorists) and some language.

Sexual Content

Female characters have exaggerated curves and some revealing outfits -- as per normal in anime. The unedited Japanese version (which isn't what airs on U.S. TV) includes partial nudity.


Suicide bombers, terrorists, and more.


Some use of words like "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

The series serves as an overall metaphor on the problems of relying too much on technology, as well as a treatise on the horrors of war.


There are video games and a movie related to the storyline/characters.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some characters smoke and drink.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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