Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex 2nd Gig (Japan 2004)

Rating: ***
Review Date: 10/2/05

Divided into 26 installments.

The second season of "Standalone Complex" (2003) picks up right where the first season ended. Section 9 has regrouped, but is still an unofficial and unauthorized group waiting to be reinstated by the new government. The first episode introduces the major story arc that will span the series, full of political intrigue, terrorism, and dirty government secrets. Basically, just more of the same, which in this case is a very good thing. Episodes tend to be overly cerebral and difficult to follow, but that's what the rewind button is for. Again, the animation from Studio I.G. is superb, especially considering that it's a TV show. The character designs appear unchanged, and the Tachikomas are back, along with the occasionally humorous and always bizarre "Tachikomatic Days" shorts.