The BEST episodes directed by Toshiyuki Kono

360 votes

#1 - Portraitz

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 11

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's database has been hacked into, and classified material has been stolen. Section 9 traces the hack and determines that the hack job originated from a facility that helps people with Cyberbrain Closed Shell Syndrome. Togusa goes undercover to investigate the social welfare facility, and immediately encounters suspicious behaviour from the facility's supervisors. Togusa manages to learn that a person called "the Chief" visited the center during the week that the MHLW was hacked, but before he can determine the significance of this information Togusa is discovered; simultaneously, the facility's security system unexpectedly goes online, and Section 9’s databases are subsequently hacked, leading Kusanagi and Batou to make an emergency insertion to evacuate Togusa.

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IN:  The Day the Bridge Falls; MARTIAL LAW
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#2 - IN: The Day the Bridge Falls; MARTIAL LAW

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 23

The Chief Cabinet Secretary uses the excuse of the refugees possessing 10kg of plutonium to mobilize the military against Dejima. With the available evidence against the refugees, Prime Minister Kayabuki reluctantly agrees. However, she soon learns from the Chief Cabinet Secretary that he's aligned himself with Imperial America and is now after her job. Knowing her days as P.M. are numbered, she agrees with Aramaki's plan and calls the U.N. in for a nuclear inspection of Dejima. The move buys them some time to defuse the situation, and Section 9 heads to Dejima to meet up with the U.N in two days. However, with tensions running high it is only a matter of time before someone fires the first shot.

Stand Alone Complex
305 votes

#3 - Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 26

The dismantling of Section 9, spun by the media as a JSDF preemptive strike against a radical security unit planning a coup, provides the Prime Minister with the public support his party needs to win the Lower House elections. Immediately after the election, in keeping with his promise, the Prime Minister discloses the information regarding The Laughing Man case, fingering Yakushima as the ringleader. Three months pass, during which Togusa tries to come to terms with all that has happened with Section 9. In his attempts to find information on the rest of the team, he learns that the Major was killed and the remaining members of Section 9 are serving time in a state prison for high treason. The news upsets Togusa, and he resolves to assassinate the man responsible for Section 9's dissolution.

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538 votes

#4 - Testation

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 2

A heavy-assault multiped tank runs amok under the control of an unknown hijacker.

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DI:  Angel's Poem; TRANS PARENT
266 votes

#5 - DI: Angel's Poem; TRANS PARENT

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 18

The Major and Batou are flown to Berlin in an effort to track down a terrorist called "Angel's Feathers". While there, Batou attracts the attention of a young girl in a wheelchair. The girl is waiting for the yearly visit from her father, but Batou's appearance piqued her curiosity. As the days lead up to her father's visit, her curiosity in this stranger grows stronger.

349 votes

#6 - Re-View

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 20

After the events of "Portraitz", Togusa uses J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a starting point and develops a theory that the Laughing Man is after something published on paper. Togusa receives permission to check out a Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) records building and stumbles upon a key piece of evidence: a list of Cyberbrain Sclerosis patients treated with a secret medication, known as the Murai Vaccine, has disappeared from the MHLW. Togusa traces the missing list to a group called the Sunflower Society, where he learns that several prominent Japanese citizens have been secretly treated with the experimental medication. Elsewhere, the head of the Japanese DEA unit dispatches the Narcotics Suppression Squad to eliminate the members of the Sunflower Society and recover the missing list.

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DI:  One Angry Man; TRIAL
323 votes

#7 - DI: One Angry Man; TRIAL

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 10

Togusa aids a woman who has been chased by a man through the streets of Niihama. With his Mateba, Togusa is able to disable the man's prosthetic body. However, he does not secure the man's pistol. When Togusa helps the woman up, the man has enough movement left in his body to aim his gun and fire at the woman, killing her instantly. The murderer is brought to trial. However, due to the events that occurred immediately following the murder, Togusa is brutally cross-examined by the murderer's lawyer.

The Buried Legend
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#8 - The Buried Legend

Elemental Gelade - Season 1 - Episode 22

The fight with Chaos Choir is interrupted by an attack from an Arc Aile airship. The three leaders of Chaos Choir escape but not before they damage the airship. The group makes their way to the crashed ship so they can treat Coud's injuries only to be surprised to meet Sunweld. Sunweld tells Cisqua of an ancient legend from Edel Garden.