Ep. 38 – Ghost in the Shell SAC: 2nd Gig

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During sad days for Ghost in the Shell fans, we take a look at the intellectually stimulating and emotionally powerful Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig.

Runtime: [26:45]

This podcast contains spoilers for: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell SAC: 2nd Gig

Music Selection: “Date of Rebirth,” by Origa

Further Reading: Ghost in the Shell Singer Passes Away (Anime News Network), Rest in Peace, Origa (TwitchFilm)

4 thoughts on “Ep. 38 – Ghost in the Shell SAC: 2nd Gig

  1. I just finished 2nd Gig today, decided to leave a comment here instead of the episode analysis.

    I was never really an anime fan until this year, when I first found out about the 1995 GITS movie, by complete accident. Sure I watched Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho as a kid and then some Studio Ghibli’s works, but I never realized what anime is truly capable of, until GITS. I was originally rewatching Yu Yu Hakusho this spring, mainly for the childhood sentiments, but then stumbled on a video on YouTube, which happened to be the opening sequence of the 1995 movie. I don’t really know if it was the Kenji Kawai music or the glorious 90s animation, but the first thing that came to my mind was holy f@ck I need to watch this. And then…mind figuratively blown like that diplomat in the movie.

    There’s always the stereotype of anime being this low-ish commercial-driven content-lacking crap of gigantic eyes and cheap booby shots for weeaboos…and I guess this this true to some degree, especially with the situation of Japanese anime nowadays. But things like GITS, they are quite literally works of art. This is what should be awarded the Oscar if it worth anything. The 1995 movie opened up a new world for me–the GITS franchise, the Patlabor franchise, Ergo Proxy, Cowboy Bebop… I never realized before how much I’ve missed. Oh the 90s, the 2000s, the glorious era of many things, now including anime as well.

    1. There is certainly a rock-solid intersection of anime and engaging science-fiction, and I’d even say that the best scifi comes from Japan, with a lot of what you mentioned, and also Akira, Satoshi Kon movies, and Evangelion.

      I’d be careful though, because my interest in movies and scifi led me to an interest in anime, and now I’m pretty much at that level where I’m watching big eyed, big boobed cartoons for adolescents. There’s some good stuff there (Azumanga Daioh), but the Crunchyroll catalog is saturated in identical-looking shows with nonsensical titles.

      To GITS specifically, what did you think of the finale, and of the season as a whole?

      1. Just specifically 2nd Gig? It was definitely awesome masterpiece-level. I’m a big fan of history military and politics stuff so I obviously more found of the big themes of 2nd Gig. The standalone episode are also better than the first SAC in my opinion. And the Major’s finally dressing NORMALLY. Very, very glad.

        The Laughing Man story is epic indeed, but ultimate it’s only a political scandal within the Japanese government, 2nd Gig really brings everything to a whole new level of international-diplomacy-and-full-scale-war epicness. And the refugee topic, as I’d said many times already, is chillingly predictive of the current events that we have in real life.

        Technical wise, though, I’d say 2nd Gig’s multiple storylines are a bit more convoluted than the action mystery thriller of the iconic Laughing Man arc. And the ending is…somewhat rushed? The last episode has to tie up so many lose ends that I didn’t really feel a sense of final closure or completeness. This might just be a matter of personal taste though, and Solid State Society absolutely made it up for me today. Now there’s just Innocence left for me. I plan on watching it sometime next week.

    2. I’ve appreciated The Laughing Man arc more and more in review, but Individual Eleven is still just so affecting. The Major’s pants certainly give 2nd Gig an edge, but I agree that really the choice of subject matter led to a great many more interesting places.

      I love Solid State Society, despite the Major being absent for the first half. It has its tone down pat, which is somewhat melancholy, and the extended runtime allows for a more natural pace. Innocence though is where things get really sullen. Aside from Stand Alone Complex, Innocence is my favorite part of the series. It’s a wonderful film that may not parse on the first or even second viewing, but after a close read, you find how emotional and human the experience is.

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