Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG is the second season of the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell. It was written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama. 2nd GIG premiered in Japan on Animax on January 1, 2004.
2nd GIG aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim after the first season finished its run in 2005. 2nd Gig has also appeared on the newly revived Toonami block since its revival in 2012. The series is rated TV-MA-V on Adult Swim.
The Story takes place two years since Section 9 helped topple the corrupt Japanese government. The new Prime Minister, restores them to their position as an official law enforcement unit. Section 9 is later recruited by Kazundo Goda, head of the Cabinet Intelligence Service, to intercede in an incident involving social refugees. The operation ends badly, straining tensions between the refugees and the government to breaking point. Over time, it becomes increasingly clear that Goda is manipulating Section 9 to suit his own personal agenda. Undertaking a risky plan to infiltrate the CIS's computer database, Major Kusanagi uncovers evidence implicating the CIS in terrorist activity. Shortly thereafter, a terrorist organization called the "Individual Eleven" (responsible for a string of violent attacks on Japanese citizens and an attempt to assassinate the Prime Minister) commit mass suicide live on television news. Believing that he was responsible for the horrific incident, Section 9 turns its full attention on Goda.
Meanwhile Hideo Kuze, the only member of the "Individual Eleven" that didn't commit suicide, leads the refugee population to rebel from the Japanese authority. Section 9 spends time, on Goda's orders, to attempt to track down and stop Kuze before he leads a mass rebellion against the government.
Major Motoko Kusanagi — A cyborg in the employ of "Public Security Section 9", a fictional division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission, as the squad leader. Little is known of Kusanagi's early history, though the series hints at some of her background, usually through flashbacks; commonly from the points of view of others, rarely from Kusanagi's. Motoko Kusanagi's various incarnations in the different manga, movies, or TV series all portray her differently. Since each of these have independent storylines, the physical and mental characteristics of Motoko Kusanagi has been modified in different ways to reflect the focus of the story; these changes are reflected in the different ways that artists draw her.
In the 2nd Gig episode "Kusanagi's Labyrinth – AFFECTION" it is revealed that as a young child Kusanagi was involved in a plane crash, the only other survivor of which was Hideo Kuze who later became a member of the "Individual Eleven". After spending an undefined period of time in a coma Kusanagi's ghost was transferred into a fully cybernetic body, presumably without her prior consent. After this she visited Hideo Kuze in hospital since he was still paralysed from the injuries he had suffered in the crash and eventually convinced him to undergo the cyberisation procedure himself. At the end of the series Kusanagi confessed that she couldn't remember what her real name was, indicating that Motoko Kusanagi is actually only a pseudonym, just as Hideo Kuze's name is as well.
Batou — A main male character in the Ghost in the Shell series, recruited from the Rangers, he is the second best melee fighter in Section 9 and is the second in command under Major Motoko Kusanagi. Batou keeps his life away from work mostly unknown. He also gave his favorite Tachikoma an unapproved, non-synthetic oil until the Major caught him. In the first Stand Alone Complex series, the Laughing Man hacked into his eyes so that Batou could not see him.
According with Tachikomatic Days of episode 21 (Season 1), he has a can of beer after his bath and he takes out his eyes before going to sleep. Also, he often uses up his paycheck buying muscle training equipment for the upper body, which others find useless, considering his extensive number of cyborg parts (mainly torso and arms). In the first season of Stand Alone Complex, it is inferred that he uses it to remind himself of who he is, despite his cyberization, much like the watch the Major wears. Batou is also a chain smoker.
Daisuke Aramaki — Chief of Public Security Section 9. In Stand Alone Complex, Lt. Col. Aramaki is a strict chief, and is referred to by others in Section 9 as the "old ape". Even so, he is fiercely loyal to the members of Section 9, and often puts his own career on the line to ensure the survival of the rest of his team.
In 2nd GIG, Aramaki uses his political connections and no small amount of bargaining with the new prime minister to get Section 9 reinstated. He is shown to have a disconnected brother of similar age in the Dejima with the refugees
Togusa — The second most prominently featured male character in the Ghost in the Shell manga & anime series. In Stand Alone Complex it is stated that he is the only member of Section 9 who has not undergone cybernetic replacement in some manner as he had been referred to as 'natural'. In the movie it is claimed that it is precisely because of his lack of cybernetic enhancements that he was chosen for Kusanagi's team. In the manga, it is unclear as to what extent he has undergone cybernization, although in both the manga, anime and movies he has a cyberbrain like all other members. Togusa is 27 years old and is 5' 10 inches in height.
Ishikawa — The information warfare/technology specialist in Public Security Section 9. It has not been stated in the series thus far as to the degree that he has been cybernetically augmented, though character dialogue (and his long recovery time from an injury) suggests that he is one of the least augmented members of Section 9. His appearance is characterized by a large beard and perpetually unkept hair, and he is the oldest of Section 9's field operatives. Ishikawa is especially well known for his frequent, long-winded and often rather complicated expository speeches to the other characters, in order to inform them (and the show's audience) of new story developments. Despite being a member of Section 9, Ishikawa appears to be relatively physically weak in comparison to the other members. He is almost never shown in combat (though in one episode he fires a shoulder-mounted cannon to disable a heavily-armored vehicle) and takes a support role during most missions in which he is dispatched.
He formerly served with Kusanagi and Batou in South America when they were with the Ground Self-Defense Forces in the Japanese UN contingent. He was one of the earliest members recruited to be in Section 9 and seems to know the Major and her dislikes quite well. He is shown as being in charge of a pachinko parlor called Parlor Ishikawa, and on occasion uses the cyberbrains of the old men who play there to complete particularly heavy data gathering (though it seems the men suffer no ill effects or are even aware of their situation, and are in fact 'paid' with wins at pachinko for use of their 'processor' time). Ishikawa is the most seemingly laid-back member of the unit.
Saito — Among the members of Section 9, Saito is regarded as one of the least cyberized. He can handle any automatic firearm with deadly accuracy and precision, but his primary role is as the unit's tactical sniper. Saito's left arm is cybernetic, allowing him to support and steady extremely large sniper weapons with superhuman skill. His left eye was replaced with the "Hawkeye", a prosthetic eye that interfaces with satellites to allow for shots of incredible accuracy. The Hawkeye, however, can be hacked, as it is in Episode 2 of SAC. It is impossible for Saito to escape hacking by going into autistic mode because he needs to maintain his Hawkeye's satellite uplink. Saito is also valued for his ability to think like enemy snipers; on two separate occasions his ability at determining sniping locations impacted Section 9's actions. Like Ishikawa, Batou and Pazu, Saito is a cigarette smoker.
Paz — An investigator in Section 9. Before joining Public Security Section 9, Paz was rumored by various police circles to have been a gangster in several yakuza groups in Japan. Paz is the backup "jack-of-all-trades" for the field agents and is also a known chain smoker within the unit. Upon his first encounter with the Major, he remarked, "I never sleep with the same woman twice." He uses a folding knife in combat. His name is often pronounced as its Japanese counterpart, Pazu in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series.
Borma — Section 9's resident explosives specialist, as shown several times during 2nd GIG. He is the only Section 9 operative with similar height and enhanced strength to Batou. He also has optical implant eyes of a similar general design to Batou's, though his optics are a different color and might be another model with different capabilities. Both his eyes and his baldness are his trademark features. In addition to his role as Section 9's explosives specialist, Borma often handles the task of rear support. In most assignments, he's the only member to carry heavy weaponry. He also works as the team's resident cyberviral warfare expert, often developing vaccines for viruses within minutes of their creation. He is usually teamed with either Saito for sniping duties, Paz for general operations, or Ishikawa for cyberweb research and viral warfare.
Of his past, little is known though some can be guessed from speculation and comments made in the series. At one point, Borma was in the JSDF as a demolitions expert, possibly hinting that he was either a combat engineer or a special forces operative. This character's name is often pronounced as its Japanese counterpart as Boma.
Azuma — One of Section 9's new recruits in Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. Azuma was recruited as one of the field operatives in Section 9 from JGSDF Intelligence. He was present at the shipyard battle in which fellow rookie Yano died and was pulled out of field duty prior to the Dejima confrontation. At the end of 2nd Gig it is implied that Azuma is now a full fledged member of Section 9.
Yano — One of Section 9's new recruits in Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG. Yano was recruited by Section 9 as a rookie and field operative. Yano was killed in the raid on Kuze's false location in the 2nd GIG episode "Chain Reaction", making him Section 9's first officer to be killed in the line of duty from hostile gunfire. Yano also appears briefly in the manga as a new recruit. In the manga he was killed by a Russian named Koil Krasnov, whom he was tailing as his first assignment.
Proto — One of Section 9's new recruits in 2nd GIG. Proto is Section 9's only (prototype) bioroid member and was also the Tachikoma's maintenance technician (before becoming one of the new recruits). During the Dejima crisis Proto played a key role in helping Aramaki rescue the Prime Minister Yoko Kayabuki, who had been relieved of her duty and arrested under charges of treason.
Proto managed to gain access to the net, where he communicated with Section 9's Tachikoma units. Through which, Proto was able to gain building blueprints and up-to-date information on Section 9's Dejima operation, as well as the location of the Prime Minister, before an attack barrier disabled him.
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Each episode has both a title and a subtitle. Unlike in the first series, the second series has three designations denoting the type of episode: individual (IN), dividual (DI) and dual (DU). IN episodes tie in with the Individual Eleven storyline; DI episodes are stand-alone episodes not strongly tied with the other storylines; and DU episodes tie in with the Cabinet Intelligence Service & Goda story-line (though the two main storylines inter-relate). There are 11 individual, 11 dividual and 4 dual episodes.
2nd GIG was later adapted into a feature-length OVA, titled Individual Eleven, which was released in 2006; Solid State Society, a TV-film sequel to the Stand Alone Complex series, was also released in that year.
Bandai Visual owns the DVD distribution rights in Japan, while Manga Entertainment owns the distribution rights in North America and Europe. All episodes of the series have been released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States, including a 2009 "Complete Collection" Box Set.
The series premiered on January 1, 2004 in Japan on SKY PerfecTV!'s Perfect Choice (Animax), on a pay-per-view basis. The series was later aired on the terrestrial Nippon TV beginning on April 6, 2005.
2nd GIG aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim from November 19, 2005 to August 11, 2012. It later returned to Adult Swim from October 4, 2014 to January 31, 2015. In 2017, Starz began offering episodes of the series on the Starz app. It also returned to Adult Swim from October 21, 2017 to May 19, 2018.
- Japan (Animax) — January 1, 2004 - January 8, 2005
- Japan (Nippon TV) — April 6, 2005 - 2005
- United States (Adult Swim) — November 19, 2005 - July 28, 2012; October 4, 2014 - January 31, 2015; October 21, 2017 - May 19, 2018 
- Canada (YTV) - 2006
- United Kingdom (Anime Central) — November 4, 2007 - 2008
Toonami Broadcast History
2nd GIG was one of the holdovers from the Adult Swim Saturday night anime block that transitioned into Adult Swim's newly revived Toonami block on May 26, 2012. Reruns of the series were previously airing at 3:30 AM but took over Toonami's 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM time slots. Episode 17 was the first episode aired on Toonami as it continued where the series left off the previous week (episode 18). The final episode of 2nd GIG aired on Toonami on July 28, 2012 and the series was subsequently removed from the lineup and replaced with Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, leaving the first 16 episodes of the series unaired on Toonami until the series returned for a second run.
2nd GIG returned to Toonami at 4:30 AM on October 4, 2014 and started from the first episode. On January 24, 2015, the Toonami block lost the 5:30-6:00 AM time slot due to low ratings and the series moved to the 4:00 AM time slot. Following the January 31, 2015 broadcast, the Toonami block lost another 2 hours of programming due to low ratings and the series was removed from the lineup. During this run only the first 17 episodes of the series aired before it was removed from the lineup.
On October 21, 2017, the HD version of the series began airing on Toonami at 3:30 AM, replacing Attack on Titan in the lineup. As part of an April Fools surprise in 2018, the Toonami block aired from 10:30 PM - 6:00 AM and everything after 12:00 AM aired in Japanese with English subtitles including 2nd GIG which aired at 5:15 AM for the week. On May 19, 2018, 2nd GIG aired at 3:45 AM due to all shows after FLCL being moved back by 15 minutes to make room for FLCL episode 6, which ran for 45 minutes. After the May 19, 2018 broadcast, the series was removed from Toonami and it was subsequently replaced in the lineup by reruns of Lupin the Third: The Italian Adventure.
- Toonami (United States) — May 26, 2012 - July 28, 2012; October 4, 2014 - January 31, 2015; October 21, 2017 - May 19, 2018
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- "Good News/Bad News Batman Fans ". Toonami.tumblr.com. September 22, 2014. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/98164760488/good-news-bad-news-batman-fans. Retrieved on September 22, 2014.
- "CH-CH-CH-CHANGES ". toonami.tumblr.com. January 27, 2015. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/109334851853/ch-ch-ch-changes. Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
- "Attack on Titan is coming to an end, but Toonami is proud to welcome back Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG! ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. September 28, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850.1073741828.1440408039583372/1810762462547926/?type=3. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
- "Production I.G announces Stand Alone Complex Second Season ". animenewsnetwork.com. October 31, 2003. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-10-31/production-i.g-announces-stand-alone-complex-second-season. Retrieved on December 28, 2016.
- "Starz App May 2017 Movies and TV Titles announced ". ComingSoon.net. April 19, 2017. http://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/839615-starz-app-may-2017-movies-and-tv-titles-announced. Retrieved on July 14, 2018.
- "FLCL Progressive - Dated ". fecbook.com/TOONAMI. May 20, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/videos/vb.1440408039583372/1909546786002826/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on May 20, 2018.
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