Following the closure of the “Laughing Man” case, Section 9 is re-established by Japan’s newly elected Prime Minister, Youko Kayabuki, to combat the persistent threat of cyber-terrorism. A group calling themselves “The Individual Eleven” has begun committing acts of terror across Japan. While Motoko Kusanagi, Daisuke Aramaki, Batou, and the other members of Section 9 investigate this new menace, the Japanese government faces a separate crisis, as foreign refugees displaced by the Third World War seek asylum in Japan. But as the members of the special-ops team continually encounter Gouda Kazundo—a leading member of the Cabinet Intelligence Service—in their hunt, they begin to suspect that he may be involved, and that the events of the refugee crisis and The Individual Eleven may be more connected than they realize… – My Anime List
Based on 8 review scores:
If you haven’t guessed by now I loved Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – 2nd GIG. It’s a solid show from start to finish and it’s a ride that never lets up. Sit back, turn up the volume, and allow yourself to be swept away by Kusanagi and company; you won’t be disappointed. The only source of frustration you’ll feel is the fact that no third season is around. Shirow’s vision is a masterpiece and it is arguably one of the Holy Grails of anime.
The Anime Review
The vast majority of viewers won’t care one iota about what I’ve just discussed, and they will find Second Gig to be an awesome, freewheeling continuation of the Ghost in the Shell world. I know I liked it too. But I didn’t love it, and I think it breaks down right at the core issue of the humanity (or lack thereof) of the characters. After years of watching shows in this universe, the main characters should feel like old friends. Instead, they are more like acquaintances you see at a party once in a while that you feel badly you don’t know better. If you’ve enjoyed Stand Alone Complex, you should watch this show…but be prepared that it doesn’t have the first season’s heart.
Overall the focus on politics, philosophy, science, and warfare is a great step forward from the first season that seemed to focus more on showing you the science. The Laughing Man case was good, but the Individual Eleven case is complex, full of twists and turns, and fun to watch. While the series may fail in the character department, the characters are distinct enough that you won’t care. It’s the plot that matters, and Second Gig delivers there.
My Anime List
As with SAC, 2nd Gig continues to be an intelligent series for intelligent people. In addition to that it is also a scathing criticism of how wealthy nations have coped with the global refugee crisis, as well as a visionof how bad things can get if society is not more aware of it’s own failings.
The Nihon Review
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig is a great show, but unfortunately is an inferior product to its previous series. Trying to be too deep ultimately makes the show too difficult to watch to be truly outstanding. If you liked Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, you will definitely want to watch Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. Just don’t expect an improvement on the first season.
I gave Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG a 7 because of its compelling cast of characters, interesting plot, and it’s cumulative finale. What stops the show from rising any higher in my opinion is firstly the lack of character insight which is a problem I had with the first season. This was somewhat offset by the nuggets of information we received about Mokoto and the members of Section 9 this season however as a viewer I almost always desire to see the characters fully fleshed out and explored so that I can understand them and their actions more completely however this want does not agree with the style of Ghost in the Shell which in all technicality is my own shortcoming and not a true negative aspect of the show but some of my reasoning none the less. This is not to be confused a lack of character development – I think that the show works well without featuring notable character development however greater insight into why the way each character was the way they were I feel would have gone a long way given that many of the characters were already enjoyable.
This particular Ghost in the Shell started off strong with great spec-op action. The greatness of the Major is everlasting despite the series being all over the place at times. The individual episodes could be taken as filler, but they are truly the best of this season. Despite the plot being weak, there still is that allure of the built universe to see where it ends up. Other than that, it is an average Ghost in the Shell at best.