The BEST Episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Network: Animax

In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs hackers, sharpshooters, detectives and cyborgs all in an effort to thwart cyber criminals and their plans to attack the innocent.

Endless Gig

#1 - Endless Gig

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Jan 8, 2005

Kuze and the Major come up with a plan to save the refugees, but the chances of its success are slim. Realizing this, the Tachikomas disobey the Major's orders and come up with a plan of their own. Batou has also disobeyed the Major's orders to go to the bridge and is desperately searching for her in the ruins of Dejima. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is frustrated with being spurned by the Chief Cabinet Secretary. Determined to be remembered as more than a mere figurehead, she takes matters into her own hands.

star 8.95
198 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama

#2 - Portraitz

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 2002

A high-level hacking has occured at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Section 9 has traced the source of the hack job back to a vocational aid center located high in the mountains. The hack was done by someone very skilled since it only took two hours to crack the MHLW's ultra-secure barriers. The odd thing is that the MHLW has not filed a formal complaint about the incident. Togusa is sent undercover to discover what is going on at the aid center.

star 8.70
326 votes
Directors: Toshiyuki Kono
Writers: Yoshiki Sakurai

#3 - Intercepter

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2002

A former colleague of Togusa's named Yamaguchi calls and asks him to look at some sensitive data related to the Laughing Man case. Before Yamaguchi can arrive with the material, however, the car he is driving swerves off of the road and explodes. Aramaki allows Togusa to investigate Yamaguchi's death and Togusa is able to retrieve the information that his colleague wanted him to look at. The information could implicate high-ranking officials within Police HQ.

star 8.59
333 votes
Directors: Hideyo Yamamoto
Writers: Shotaro Suga
Poker Face

#4 - Poker Face

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 3, 2004

While on an assignment guarding the Prime Minister, Saitou and the Tachikomas pass the time playing poker with a few policemen who are also assigned to the case. Much to the chagrin of the other men, Saitou wins hand after hand. The Tachikomas take notice of Saitou's uncanny accuracy and start to comment. Their constant chattering quickly gets on the other player's nerves, so to smooth things over Saitou recounts his time working as a sniper for mercenaries in Mexico.

star 8.59
307 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Yoshiki Sakurai
Nuclear Power

#5 - Nuclear Power

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 4, 2004

With the felling of Dejima Bridge by the refugees, a rumor circulates around the Cabinet that the refugees plan a mass suicide bombing using nuclear bombs. Fearing this, the Cabinet steps up the attack against the city. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kayabuki has been secretly arrested and taken to an unknown location. Aramaki, Togusa and Proto, in trying to help the P.M. are also taken into custody and secured in her office. With Section 9 having entered the non-communication zone and Aramaki being cut off from communication, Ishikawa and a Tachikoma make their way to Spring-8 on their own. Meanwhile, Gouda has sent an unwitting Section 4 after Section 9 to retrieve the plutonium.

star 8.53
249 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama
Red Data

#6 - Red Data

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 4, 2004

Following a tip, the Major conducts an undercover investigation of Kuze in Taiwan. While there, she saves a boy running from the Mafia. After being saved, the boy follows her, making sure that she finishes what she started. The mafia will continue to pursue the boy and the Major has to protect him.

star 8.47
161 votes
Directors: Itsuro Kawasaki
Writers: Shotaro Suga

#7 - Meme

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2002

At a press conference, the Superintendent-General makes himself a prime target for the Laughing Man's threat. Section 9 has gathered enough evidence to arrest Nanao=A, but before they can, he is able to release a modular, delayed-action virus. The virus seems to only affect those on the security detail that is guarding Superintendent-General Daidō. However, Section 9 will not know who on the security team has been taken over by the virus until the symptoms begin to manifest. By that time, it may be too late.

star 8.41
327 votes
Writers: Junichi Fujisaku
Not Equal

#8 - Not Equal

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 24, 2002

While tracking the New World Brigade, an anti-cyberization group, to an unused radiation scrubber facility off Okinawa, the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency took pictures that show Eka Tokura, the kidnapped daughter of a cyber-technology company CEO. However, the girl had been abducted over 16 years ago when she had been 10 years old. In the recent photos, she looks just as she did on the day she was taken. For reasons unknown, contact with the Maritime Safety Agency's reconnaissance team has been lost. Section 9 heads to the facility to locate the unit and find out why Eka Tokura was there.

star 8.38
378 votes
Directors: Kazuki Fusegi
Writers: Shotaro Suga
This Side of Justice

#9 - This Side of Justice

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Jan 8, 2005

As the attack on Dejima escalates, the Major catches up with Kuze. She explains the whole situation to him and he agrees to follow her. They are about to leave when both are attacked by the Self-Defense forces and in the confusion are trapped under the rubble. Togusa rescues the Prime Minister and brings her back to her office. There, Aramaki hopes her influence will stop the launching of the ultimate weapon. Meanwhile, Batou reasons with Section 4.

star 8.34
243 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama

#10 - Embarrassment

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 6, 2004

Much to the chagrin of Batou, Motoko, and the rest of the team, Kuze and the refugees manage to escape in one of the camouflaged boats. They are further hampered when an explosion causes heavy losses, leaving them unable to follow the fleeing boat. Regrouping, the team decides to refocus the investigation to the events surrounding Kuze. They start a secret investigation into Sagawa Electronics, the company responsible for the nuclear material transaction, and find that Gouda was involved. Meanwhile, as the boat heads for Dejima, Kuze makes his own unsettling discovery.

star 8.33
216 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama

#11 - Selecon

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 5, 2004

Section 9 has uncovered Shō Kawashima's ("FAKE FOOD") external memory device on the net. Hidden in a route to the Asian matrix only accessible through the European array, Section 9 concludes that the device was hidden by Gouda. Unfortunately, Gouda has left no trace of his movements in the device. The Major prepares to dive into the device with Bōma and Ishikawa watching her closely. However, before she can dive, Aramaki notifies her that someone even more important than the external memory device has just surfaced...

star 8.33
307 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Yutaka Omatsu
Jungle Cruise

#12 - Jungle Cruise

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 2002

Marco Amoretti, a former Navy Petty Officer from the American Empire, has come to Japan and is committing heinous acts of brutality against women. Section 9 is assisted in this matter by the American Empire's CIA. While this doesn't sit well with Public Security's members, Batou finds the whole case particularly hard on his psyche as the nightmares from his past rear their ugly head.

star 8.29
361 votes
Writers: Dai Sato
Fabricate Fog

#13 - Fabricate Fog

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 2, 2004

Section 9 heads to Etorofu in search of Kuze. During their investigations, the Major finds an interesting floppy disk on the body of a dead addict. The floppy proves to be a goldmine of information, as it contains records of plutonium transactions. The last buyer to purchase the material was a group of Asian refugees. Realizing the transaction is about to take place, the team rushes to the location and is surprised by what they find.

star 8.28
242 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama

#14 - Barrage

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 18, 2003

As the JMSDF's Special Forces Unit rounds up the remaining members of Section 9, Daisuke Aramaki meets with the Minister of Justice to make one last appeal to the government to salvage his team. Section 9 may be down, but certainly not out. They have help in the form of their "think-tanks", otherwise known as the Tachikomas. Public Security will make one final push to save itself from extinction.

star 8.26
303 votes
Directors: Kazuki Fusegi
Writers: Yoshiki Sakurai
Escape From

#15 - Escape From

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 2002

"Tachikoma Runaway": The Tachikoma that Batou has been feeding natural oil to awakens before the other Tachikomas do and leaves the hanger to have an adventure. On the town, it meets up with a girl named Miki who is searching for her dog. "The Movie Director's Dream": While out on its adventure, Batou's Tachikoma found a cyberbrain that has something very interesting within it. One of Section 9's lab techs has become "lost" inside the device, and it's up to the Major to bring him back.

star 8.22
350 votes
Writers: Yoshiki Sakurai

#16 - Affection

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 5, 2004

Training has commenced to find new recruits for Section 9. With Motoko acting as the target, Batou and Togusa watch as the recruits try to keep up with the Major. After ditching some of the recruits, Motoko has to lose just one more pair. She ascends some stairs in an alley and the recruits follow her. Moving out into the street above, the recruits see that they have lost the target. However, Batou and Togusa have lost contact with the Major as well.

star 8.20
281 votes
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Yutaka Omatsu
Chain Reaction

#17 - Chain Reaction

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Oct 2, 2004

Despite close scrutiny by the authorities, the Dejima refugees declare their independence. Kuze is suspected to be the mastermind behind this new resistance and Section 9 is sent to detain him. The Major hacks into the refugee cyberbrain hub and easily locates Kuze. When the team rushes to capture him, however, they find themselves in the middle of a trap.

star 8.13
215 votes
Directors: Kazuki Fusegi
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama
Martial Law

#18 - Martial Law

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 4, 2004

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.

star 8.11
246 votes
Directors: Toshiyuki Kono
Writers: Kenji Kamiyama

#19 - Ag2O

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 14, 2003

After the events of "MACHINES DÉSIRANTES", the Tachikomas are sent back to the lab for further testing. Batou has little time to ponder the loss of his pet, however. A foreign spy is suspected to be working within a Japanese Self-Defense Force training camp based in New Port City. With the Major and the Chief away at a security conference in England, Batou alone is assigned to go undercover to confirm the suspect.

star 8.11
324 votes
Writers: Nobuhisa Terado
Stand Alone Complex

#20 - Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 25, 2003

Togusa has been released from jail, but his badge and gun are confiscated and he is given papers showing the dissolution of Section 9. Out of work and depressed, he tries to find information on the others, but turns up nothing. Trying to turn his life around, he begins to look for a new job, only to be sidetracked by the ongoing case against Secretary-General Yakushima involving the illegal use of micromachines. With the news plastered everywhere, Togusa cannot help but wonder where he stands now.

star 8.09
277 votes
Directors: Toshiyuki Kono
Writers: Dai Sato

#21 - Decoy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2002

During a press conference in the previous episode, Superintedent-General Daidō had been publicly threatened by the person known as the Laughing Man. Through an intermediary, the Laughing Man had demanded that Daidō reveal "the truth" or else he would be, "removed from the stage." For six years the Special Investigations Unit, which is part of the Metropolitan Police that Daidō oversees, has been working on this case. It now seems that they have found a possible suspect in Nanao=A, a man with dubious connections. Still acting from behind the scenes, Section 9 continues their own investigation into the Laughing Man incident.

star 8.08
331 votes
Writers: Shotaro Suga

#22 - Idolater

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2002

It has come to the attention of the Minister of Home Affairs that Jenoma revolutionary leader Marcelo Jarti has been visiting Japan regularly every five months. Jarti is one of the world’s foremost wanted men, and has been targeted for assassination by commandos of the United States Delta Force and United Kingdom Special Air Service (SAS) a total of six times. Miraculously, he has survived each of these attempts. When Jarti returns to Japan following the most recently failed assassination attempt, Section 9 is called in to trail him and determine why Jarti has been visiting their country, with unexpected results.

star 8.05
322 votes
Writers: Junichi Fujisaku
Machines Désirantes

#23 - Machines Désirantes

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 7, 2003

A new sniper device is tested out, but is found to have flaws. While Section 9 attends a debriefing session on the fate of the sniping device, the Tachikomas themselves begin to worry that tomorrow they could be the ones that are scrapped. The Tachikomas of Section 9 unite and discuss the various issues dealing with them that have occurred within previous episodes. They worry that the Major does not appreciate them. At the same time, the Major is looking into the idea of proceeding without the Tachikomas at Section 9's side. "Machine désirante (Desiring-Machine)" is one of the key concepts of Anti-Œdipus, written by contemporary French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

star 8.02
354 votes
Writers: Yoshiki Sakurai

#24 - Testation

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 8, 2002

A prototype multiped tank has destroyed two other prototypes and broken out of a testing facility. Section 9, employing its own smaller multipeds, the Tachikomas, is brought in to stop it. The hijacker is using the ID of the tank's designer who had recently died. Whoever is operating the tank, their motives are unknown. Section 9 has little time to figure out these two mysteries before the tank enters the urban area.

star 8.02
487 votes
Directors: Toshiyuki Kono
Writers: Junichi Fujisaku
Angel's Share

#25 - Angel's Share

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 21, 2003

Aramaki and Kusanagi attend an international security conference in London. While there, Aramaki visits an old acquaintance of his, who is the operator of a wine fund, a place where people store their wines in order to let the wine age and become more expensive. Their meeting is not purely a social one, but before Aramaki and his friend can sit down and talk about the old days, the bank is broken into by two mafia men.

star 8.01
320 votes
Writers: Yoshiki Sakurai