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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 1

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Stand Alone Complex takes place in the year 2030, in the fictional Japanese city of New Port. The story follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. The manga presents individual cases that Section 9 investigates, along with an ongoing, more serious investigation into the serial ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Kodansha Comics (first published April 6th 2010)
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Jun 02, 2016 Lexie rated it liked it
Prelim Review: I adore Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex. Its one of my top five animes of all time quite frankly, so when I saw Kodansha America releasing the manga I got excited.

Except this is literally a scene by scene rehash of the first episode of series one (the 'Laughing Man' season). I'm pretty sure if I read this while watching the first episode it would match up almost perfectly. I don't know how I feel about that. I was hoping this would be more stories with the Section 9 crew (c
Dec 26, 2015 Gabigabigabi rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I like it.
Mar 17, 2013 Crystal rated it it was ok
I just have to say that the main female character's outfit on the cover of the book, as well as during the opening sequence of the story, was so ridiculous it completely distracted me, and made me lose any respect for the story. Seriously, look at that outfit! I doubt even a stripper would wear something like that--full body spandex is at least easy to move in, as well as attractive. This outfit just looks like she's got a wedgie and it's about to get worse. Not to mention that one wonders how o ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
It's essentially the first episode of the first animated series, but still interesting to read nonetheless. I enjoyed the artwork, though if I had to read each chapter as a separate issue I think I would have gone mad.
Jun 11, 2016 Nicole marked it as dnf
I read the first 3 parts of this manga. I guess I misunderstood what it was when I bought it. I thought it was a continuation of the anime series, but instead it's a scene for scene recreation of the first episode of the anime. I like the anime, and if I want to revisit it, I'll watch the anime.
Jan 28, 2016 Staci rated it liked it
This manga sort of just starts in the middle as far as who's a cyborg and who's not and the makeup and rules of this world; maybe not the best one to start with.
Jul 10, 2011 Alan rated it liked it
This version of Ghost in the Shell is a continuation of the of the anime's recent re-interpretation of Masamune Shirow's original manga and anime. Major Kunsanagi remains a central character but the cyberpunk is dropped a little bit more in the background and the other members of Section 9 are given a chance in the spotlight. Here Togusa, a former policeman, uses his detective skills to unravel the threads of the case. effective storytelling, but even work inspired by Shirow still leaves me a li ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Dru rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-graphic-novel
This first volume adapts the first episode of the SAC tv show. Some scenes are added but mostly the stories are identical. The art is nothing special.
Dec 14, 2013 Aneso-Miki rated it really liked it
Shelves: dec-2013
makes me want to re-watch the entire anime!
Mar 21, 2015 Reagan rated it it was ok
way too short. good story.
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