Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex, Vol. 3 (2004) Japan
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Director:Kenji Kamiyama
Studio:Manga Video
Producer:Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
Writer:Mary Claypool, Junichi Fujisaku
Date Added:2006-03-28
Awards:1 win
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.78 : 1
Languages:English, Japanese
Kenji Kamiyama  ...  (Director)
Mary Claypool, Junichi Fujisaku  ...  (Writer)
Atsuko Tanaka  ...  Major Motoko Kusanagi
Osamu Saka  ...  Chief Daisuke Aramaki
Akio Ôtsuka  ...  Batou
Kôichi Yamadera  ...  Togusa
Yutaka Nakano  ...  Ishikawa
Tôru Ôkawa  ...  Saito
Takashi Onozuka  ...  Paz (2 episodes, 2003)
Taro Yamaguchi  ...  Borma
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn  ...  Major Motoko / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
William Knight  ...  Chief Daisuke Aramaki
Richard Epcar  ...  Batou
Crispin Freeman  ...  Togusa
Michael McCarty  ...  Ishikawa
Dave Wittenberg  ...  Saito
Bob Buchholz  ...  Paz (2 episodes, 2003)
Dean Elliott  ...  Borma
Ethan Murray  ...  Doctor / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
Hiroshi Yanaka  ...  Fukami
Dino Andrade  ...  Children (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Kevin Brief  ...  Kanzaki (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Loy Edge  ...  SWAT (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Barbara Goodson  ...  Maruta (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Michael Gregory  ...  Reiko (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Kate Higgins  ...  Children (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Paddy Lee  ...  Fom (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Michael McConnohie  ...  Commander (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Liam O'Brien  ...  Fake Laughing Man (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peggy O'Neal  ...  Girl (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Douglas Rye  ...  Litton (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Barry Stigler  ...  Foreign Minister (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Doug Stone  ...  Matsuoka (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Julie Ann Taylor  ...  Miyahara (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Kari Wahlgren  ...  Sales Person (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Tom Wyner  ...  Interior Minister (51 episodes, 2002-2005)
Bob Papenbrook  ...  Doorman (50 episodes, 2002-2005)
Mari Devon  ...  Seymour (27 episodes, 2003-2005)
John Snyder  ...  Kazundo Gouda (23 episodes, 2004-2005)
Comments: A New Beginning, A New Threat...

Summary: As the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's landmark feature Ghost in the Shell continues, questions concerning the case of the mysterious Laughing Man surface once again. In "Portraitz," a possible lead takes Togusa into an institution for children suffering from "Cyberbrain Closed Shell Syndrome," a sort of computerized autism. Nothing is resolved, and the audience, like the case, is left hanging. The Laughing Man is also the subject of "Chat! Chat! Chat!"--a cheat of an episode that consists of little more than footage of chat-room denizens wrangling over the character's true identity. "Jungle Cruise" provides some rare clues to Batou's past. But after the grisly images of a war criminal from the "American Empire" who skins his victims alive, the high-pitched voices and cute characters in "Escape From" feel incongruous at best. Overall, the series seems to be losing its momentum.
The extras include interviews with sound director Kazuhiro Wakabayashi and Akio Otsuka, the Japanese voice of Batou. Otsuka's velvety bass-baritone makes Batou a more compelling vocal presence than Richard Epcar's rougher tones in the English dub. There's also a two-disc deluxe edition that comes with a T-shirt and DTS 5.1 soundtracks in English and Japanese. (Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon